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“unlike others, they don't "DUMB DOWN" the buffet” 5 of 5 stars
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Taste of India
315 E Moana Ln, Reno, NV 89502-4627
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Ranked #474 of 784 Restaurants in Reno
Cuisines: Indian
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Reno, NV
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“unlike others, they don't "DUMB DOWN" the buffet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2007

Other Indian Restaurants in Reno/Carson City have *much* prettier rooms, while Taste of India has no decor at all. But the food is better here! *ALL* of the other places make food which looks pretty, but tastes like a Junior High School lunchroom-- utterly tasteless, badly under-spiced. But Taste of India spices properly, even for the luncheon buffet. (Not "hot", I'm talking "spicy".)

The best luncheon days are Thursday and Sunday, they serve a spicy tomato-based chicken dish called "Chicken Makani" which is really exceptional. Wednesday and Saturday are also good, they serve a pretty tasty Tikka Massala.

On the menu, Chicken Tikka (straight from the Tandoor in chunks, WITHOUT creamy sauce) is outstanding. Tandoor "mixed grill" is also excellent, although everyone's eyes sting a little when they bring it out from the kitchen. Naan is just right, light and with just a tiny bit of crunch (order Pashwari Naan, of course). Owner (a chubby older woman) and the very young server man (thin as a rail, quite tall) are both delightful.

On the milder side, "Chicken Kashmiri" is very good. Huge menu, with lots of good choices.
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At lunch, they "hide" the Chicken Tandoor at the far corner of the steam table-- lots of people don't even know it's there. For the buffet, earlier (11AM- 11:30AM) tastes a lot better than later (2PM-2:30PM), buffet items get kinda flat and soggy after sitting for too long.

Location is a bit out-of-the-way, however: 3 blocks North from the Convention Center and Atlantis hotel (don't stay there!), about 6 blocks South from Peppermill, and two blocks East of Virgina, this one's almost 4 miles away from the downtown "strip".

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