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Turmeric in Sunnyvale – Wins the Bollywood Oscars for Best Buffet and Best Non-Buffet Meals

katya | May 1, 200801:24 PM


Seriously. And it wins in both the buffet and dinner service categories. They simply serve some of the tastiest Indian food out there, PLUS they make a lot of unique dishes you won’t find elsewhere. In addition, the use good quality meats and fresh flavors, and deliver exceptional service.

I love their $12.95 dinner buffet (Fri. - Sun. only). (Their lunch buffet is $10.95 which is a good deal.) It's not the biggest around (like Bombay Garden or Passage to India), but it's the tastiest.
Here's why:

1) Make your own papdi chaat bar. They provide the "fixins" like the fried round balls as a base, then you pile on raw onions, cooked potato, chickpeas, yogurt sauce, cilantro, tamarind, and mint. (I've never seen this at a buffet before.)

2) Gobi Mussalam. I've never had this dish anywhere else but it consist of giant mounts of baked cauliflower topped with sliced almonds. So good. Even though they rotate dishes this one is almost always in the buffet.

3) Potato and spinach cakes (when they have them).

4) Good quality meat in the boti kabob or malai chicken or whatever they call it. The husband thinks it's a little bland. Even if you think so you can just put some sauce on it from another dish.

5) Lots of great vegetarian dishes to choose from.

6) Everything is well labeled. The servers are super quick to whisk your dirty plates away. (In fact, I think they provide the best buffet service anywhere.) They also keep many of the entrees in covered dishes so they don't get cold or dry out. (Unfortunately the tandoori chicken was dried out because none of the patrons were keeping the lid down like they did for other dishes.)

Last night's buffet also included (not a complete list):
-Goat curry with bones
-Chicken Makhni (very good; love the sauce)
-Naan (in the buffet but covered)
-Saffron rice
-Chana masala
-Tandoori vegetables
-Chili chicken (Admittedly I'm not a huge fan of this dish; here's it's apparently one of the chef's specialties and it's served on a huge platter and it's pretty spicy)
-Fruit platter with pineapple, canteloupe, honeydew (It was sitting out too long but at least they provided fruit that went beyond the usual orange slices)
-Saag with corn
-Veggie pakora (or pakoda) (cold)
-Mango pudding (a little heavy)
-Gulab jamun

The buffet moves from upstairs to downstairs depending on which room is hosting a private party.

I've also ordered dishes off the menu and Turmeric again is amazing. The veggie samosa was easily the best I've ever had. Unfortunately I don't think the gobi mussalam is on the menu ("cauliflower curry" is not the same dish). Last time we ordered off the menu I think we got the Aloo Dum Chutneywala and it was yum-MY. (Unfortunately it’s been awhile since we ordered off the menu – otherwise I’d elaborate - but I remember being blown away.)

My Current Indian Buffet Rankings:
1) TURMERIC, Sunnyvale
2) Passage to India, Mountain View
3) Priya, Berkeley
4) Bombay Garden, Sunnyvale
5) Mehak, Berkeley
6) Sargam, Walnut Creek
7) Mayuri, Santa Clara
8) Maharaja?, Mtn View --- on Castro St., can't remember name but it's not Sue's, maybe Godavari?
9) Tandoori Mahal, San Francisco
10) Taj, Sunnyvale
11) Khana Peena, Berkeley
12) Sahib, Richmond
13) Swarna,Walnut Creek
14) Mezbaan, Santa Clara
15) Grand Indian Buffet, Sunnyvale
16) Tandoori Bites, San Jose
17) India Palace, Berkeley
18) Raj, Oakland
19) Nawab, San Mateo
20) Udupi Palace, Sunnyvale

Turmeric Restaurant
141 South Murphy Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Phone : 408-617-9100

Not a lot of recent in depth posts about Turmeric, but there is this one from 2003:
Spice Flight Dinner at Turmerik, Sunnyvale

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