I went there last Wednesday with my husband for dinner, and whilst an empty restaurant the service was good, the staff were attentive and showed us around the vegetarian selection (which was aplenty) and the food selection was just too good. They had a mix of south and north indian cuisine and the mix and taste of each item reminded me of the Indian restaurants I frequented in Malaysia. The north indian selection was way better than its south indian counterpart. For instance the pani puri and bheer puri was delightful, the mix of spices were very well balanced but the same can't be said for a plate of dosa (fondly known as Thosai in Malaysia) which was a bit too soggy and thick. But the sambar that went along with the dosa tasted so much like it did back home. Even the chutneys were tasty.
In terms of menu selection, I don't know where to begin. Lets me recall...
You have 2 selection of soups-one 9 vegetable-mix soup (must try) and the other a meat soup. Then they had a selection of meat, vegetable and cottage cheese sag. Then came the cooking stations, they cooked dosa and some Kerala bread (that tasted and looked so much like roti canai) with its selection of dipping sauces and gravy. Then the pani puri section, where fresh pani puri is made before your very own eyes, according to your tastebud and delivered to your table. After that was the lamb ghost which was in this huge silver container. They also made fresh liver and prawn chop, which was cooked before you and given to you fresh. Now, the dessert. I love dessert so I tried almost all except for the ice creams and kulfis. They had a section for fried bread dipped with sweet cream (Indian version of Elvis's peanut butter fried bread) Another section was for bread (really a waste because no one even went near it, plus Western bread selection doesn't go well with Indian food, no? Then there was gulab jamun, rasgulla, kaju katris, laddus and kalakan (all these are Indian dessert) I read in TImeOut Doha that they had gajjar halwa but I didn't find it here. They also had a bar that served alcohol till 10.30pm and a wide variety of bher mix, Arabian dipping sauces, pickles and cut fruits.
The only drawback here is if you make a reservations try to get the tables away from the kitchen and buffet station, they have terrible ventilation here and you know Indian food has that smell that tends to stay on your hair and clothes that would only go away with a good wash. Plus the liver-and-prawn station is right next to the sitting places so you can't escape the smell unless you're seated far in the more private booths at the far end of the restaurant.
All in all, it was a good dinner buffet and the prices were reasonable. The prices are :
510 riyals for a bottle of champagne, unlimited alcohol and dinner
195 riyals for non alcoholic dinner
275 riyals for unlimited alcohol and dinner
Indian night is every Wednesday from 6.30pm till 11.30pm. You may call 44146100 for reservations. We were delighted to find the host a friendly Indonesian, that really made a good first impression of the restaurant.
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