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Sargam - Very Good Indian Lunch Buffet in Walnut Creek

Kathleen Mikulis | Oct 20, 200306:12 PM

I was hankering for an Indian lunch buffet over the weekend, so we visited Sargam in Walnut Creek. Sargam was recommended to me by Chowhounders after I reported on an unimpressive visit to nearby Swarna. I’d been to Sargam once before for dinner (coupon in East Bay Express) for a quite good chicken tikka masala/channa masala/vegetable samosa dinner.

The buffet is $8.95 which is higher than anywhere else I’ve seen in the Bay Area. The spread was slightly larger than other buffets (with the exception of $7.99 Priya in Berkeley).

The buffet included:
Naan - Never good in a buffet, I’d much prefer it fresh and brought to my table.
Chicken tikka masala - My boyfriend noted that there was lots of chicken, no hunting through the sauce for chicken was needed.
Vegetarian samosa – Hot inside and didn’t taste at all like it came from a buffet – it tasted just like the last time we’d ordered it here.
Tandoori chicken - The boyfriend said it was good meat; I thought it was average.
Stuffed eggplant (with tomatoes) – Good dish.
Punjabi curry – Unrecognizable vegetables in an oily sauce.
Mushrooms and peas – Average.
Vegetable fritters - I tried the potato one and found it good but oily.
Aloo gobi (potato & cauliflower)

Salad area:
Red chickpea/bean salad (served cold) – Avoid this.
Raita (too smooth; no Priya)

Highlights: Good samosa (seen only once before at a buffet) and chicken tikka masala.

Overall, I’d rank it third in Bay Area Indian lunch buffets (though it’s really a toss-up for second with Mehak):

1) Priya
2) Mehak
3) Sargam

Sargam Indian Cuisine
140 N. Civic Dr. (@Ygnacio Valley), Walnut Creek


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