I went out for dinner with my spouse, daughter and son-in-law on this Saturday evening.
It has been awhile since I have eaten East Indian food. My initiation into Indian food is limited to butter chicken, lentils, pakoras, samosa, spicy potato patties (alu tikki). I decided on the buffet since it gave me a chance to try a little of everything.
All 4 of us ordered the vegetarian buffet for $10.95. In addition, we ordered 2 meat dishes – butter chicken and curry goat at $4.95. I ordered the medium spicy just in case the “really” spicy would be too hot; should have ordered the extra hot as the medium spicy was not that hot. The other 2 meat options were curry lamb and curry chicken.
The curry goat and butter chicken were disappointing because of the small amount of meat in each order. On top of that, it was not “all you can eat”.
There are 2 tables – one with the salads and the other with the vegetarian dishes and 2 different types of sweets.
The buffet table included the following:
• Malai Kofta - Fresh grated vegetable balls made with gram flour cooked in a creamy sauce.
• Alu Gobi - Potatoes and cauliflower cooked in curry sauce, fresh onions and tomatoes.
• Chana Masala - Garbanzo beans (chick peas) cooked in Punjabi style curry sauce
• Punjabi Khadi - Indian yogurt curry with vegetable pakoras
• Daal Tarka - Lentils pan fried with garlic, ginger & onion sauce
• Biryani – Basmati rice
• Naan bread
The item that I really enjoyed was the Malai Kofta - fresh grated vegetable balls that reminded me of Falafel balls.
For dessert there was:
• Gulab Jamun - pastry balls made of dry milk, deep fried and dipped in honey syrup
• Jalebi – deep fried wheat flour batter soaked in sugar syrup
The dessert was really sweet. Nice to try but I couldn’t eat too much.
The few items I had were okay but it is something I would never consider coming back to this restaurant unless ordering from the regular dinner menu and something I’ve had before like samosas, pakoras and curry dishes.
My rating for the meal is 2.75 out of 5 – just okay.
Regardless, my daughter and son-in-law enjoyed the vegetarian buffet.
Notes & Tips
• Check out the restaurant website for the regular menu
• You can also order Indian sweets for takeout. See the photos
• We arrived around 6:30 on this Saturday night and the 90 plus seating area had may be 15-20 customers. There’s another Indian restaurant that also serves a buffet at the other corner – “Himalaya” that was not busy at all; at most 4-6 customers.
• Wheelchair access to the washroom is not very spacious. There are no bars in washrooms to hold on to if you have mobility issues.
• Metered street parking
• The Punjabi Market district is about a 3 block long area on Main Street between 49th and 52nd Avenue. This area has been in decline as some of the Punjabi businesses have moved out of this area to Surrey and Delta.
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