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Reviewed January 30, 2022

We as a family have been loyal customers to this establishment and go out of our way to stop by for either dine in or take-out orders. Prior to covid, the food was excellent, amazing, had a wonderful selection, and the lunch buffet was a...good deal especially for the students of UF! Its been over a year since I recall last visiting and I ordered take out for someone. A receipt wasn't issued (owner said, they dont give out receipts) despite asking for one. A summary of transaction was txted/emailed instead. When I checked my email, a 20% unauthorized amount was added (without my consent, without my signature). She just ask to insert your credit card and tapped away on that Apple cash register. Normally, the screen is turned around for your authorization/ signature/scribble. I find this to be unacceptable, deceitful, and an unethical practice no matter what amount it may be. Seems like an act of desperation; she thinks she can get away with this unscrupulous practice since she doesn't give out receipts and assumes people wont check their emails in detail. I am sadly disappointed and won't be back to patronize this establishment ever again. About the food: according to my friend, the butter chicken was heavily sauced, not a lot of chicken, the taste was mediocre, the price increased (understandable as expected on everything nowadays); he wasn't impressed. Most indian restaurants give you a little side of naan for free, here you need to pay for it.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed February 26, 2021

Ordered three main courses for take-out: Butter Chicken; Tandoori Chicken and Chicken Vindaloo. Got home and there was no Tandoori Chicken, appeared to be Chicken Masala. Vindaloo curry is a very spicy, complex dish. Tikka Express's version tasted like tomato soup with chili peppers thrown...in. There were a total of 4 pieces of chicken and the rest was potatoes. The "naan" was thick and tough. Have never naan that was so horrible.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed June 13, 2020

We had the chicken korma- medium spiced- and for the price of $12.99, there may have been 7 pieces of 1" dark meat chicken and lots of bland sauce. I am not sure why everyone says this is a great place, because even the naan...was soggy.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed June 11, 2020

I ordered (home delivery) chicken biriyani and lamb vindaloo. In the entire helping of biriyani there were 2 tiny morsels of chicken that too dry and stale. The lamb vindaloo was mostly just a potato curry with 2 extremely chewy tiny pieces of lamb. One...of the worst meals I have EVER had. I spent $40 for food I wouldn't even pay $10 for. Terrible!More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed February 29, 2020

Lunch buffet was packed and crowded (that's a good sign!). Not much room to maneuver along the food aisle (without brushing into other customers or hitting the tables alongside), quite uncomfortable. Had to wait a few minutes for empty seat/table. Had to wipe the sticky...table myself. Its either they got slammed or they're short staffed. The hallway leading to the restrooms needs some bleaching/sanitizing. I can see why its mobbed. Its not a grand buffet; the selections are sufficient, the food is tasty and a great value. I saw goat & chicken but no lamb (at least during my visit). There were a group of 5-6 students that walked in and in minutes, the butter chicken tray was devoured. Had to wait for it to be replenished. They deliver the naan bread nice and warm to your table. I didn't see the green chutney; didn't see the dessert rice pudding either... only the gulab. The samosas (despite being a bit greasy) were my favorites. Definitely a do-over. Hopefully, the food selection changes. Highly recommend a visit perhaps earlier or later to avoid the hungry crowds.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed August 29, 2019 via mobile

I had ordered chicken Tikka once before. This time I came at lunch and took advantage of the buffet. They have a good variety of vegetarian and meat, salad and dessert. I tried the rice pudding with the sweet balls and it was delicious 😋...Good prices and friendly staff. I’ll keep coming back.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed April 11, 2019 via mobile

Delicious is the word that describes this very resonably priced buffet. Chef Noori and her son Ray run this family owned business and put out some delicious food. While you can order from the menu, the buffet provides excetional value for $10, which includes a...soft drink and fresh, hot nann delivered to your table. The day we were there the buffet included a modest salad, soup, 5 vegetarian dishes as well as several chicken, goat and lamb dishes. The Goat Vindaloo and Lamb Express were among my favorites while friend enjoyed seconds of the Tandoori Chicken and Chicken Masala. Ray delivered hot, buttery naan to our table when we were seated and returned with more as we demolished our first basket. We were too full for the rice pudding dessert, but saw many others partaking. Please set your expectations accordingly. This may be a small, rustic, family run restaurant but the food is delicious and the family is warm and welcoming. Street parking may be a little difficult on University Avenue, but there is parking and a back door entrance behind the building. Please note the dinnerware is plastic and the plates disposable. But do not let this keep you from trying their delicious food with exceptional flavors. You won't be disappointed.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed March 22, 2019

Great news Gainesville! Tikka Express, a new Indian restaurant just opened up on University Ave. a few blocks east of UF and it is authentic and amazing! Not a fancy place by any means but real home cooking Indian style. They have a regular menu...and also a modest but flavor packed buffet ($9.75) complete with dessert and unlimited nan and drinks. If you like Indian food you need to check out Tikka Express!More

Date of visit: March 2019
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