Overall, for about $10, the buffet here is better than the one at the other Indian food restaurant in Woodbridge. Not to mention the atmosphere and cleanliness here is way better than the other place. I was out running errands before an appointment and knew from experience I could get in and out of Taste of Tandoor in an hour if I went with the buffet. It was 2:00; the weekend lunch buffet ended at 3:00.
The buffet comes with a large, freshly made naan, which is brought to your table a few minutes after you order the buffet. There is always lettuce salad available, but I usually skip it because it's straight out of a bag and nothing special. On the buffet today was pakora, rice, butter chicken, chicken tikka masala, mixed vegetables, spinach with potatoes, and lentils. There was a container for tandori chicken, but in the hour I was there, they never put any out. Several of the other containers were almost empty (there was a lot of sauce left in both of the chicken dish containers, but you had to search for the chicken). The chcken in both dishes was nearing the over done stage. From past experience, it was probably perfect when it was first placed in the warmer, but after a while, it was moving from tender to overdone. The pakora was very good, obviously fresh as the breading was tender and in no way greasy. The chicken sauces were good, with little to no grease. Considering there was supposed to be tandori chicken, I think substituting something else for at least one of the chicken dishes (goat, fish, pork, etc.) would be a good idea. The spinach with potatoes was very good (I added a bit of salt to my portion); I didn't try the mixed vegetables, and the lentils (Dal) was average (for some reason it was the only item on the buffet that wasn't hot, just barely lukewarm). The green chutney and raita (yogurt/cucumber sauce) were good. I also ordered a mango lassi, which was very good and quite refreshing. My water glass was always refilled promptly and my used plates and bowls were removed before I returned to the table after another visit to the buffet. There is also the common Indian dessert made from vermicelli; they serve their version cold. It was average, in my opinion.
Overall, I was disappointed in the choices and think when it gets close to the end of a buffet, the kitchen doesn't pay attention to the amount of food available to customers. When I was there, the restaurant was about 75% full. All of the booths were full as were several of the center tables. I believe everyone was eating from the buffet, so I think they should have more food out if they want return customers. As mentioned above, I would have liked some tandori chicken, but as with most buffets, I went back for more and then became full and forgot about asking someone about the tandori chicken.
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