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“Good food, no surprises if you've eaten at many local indian joints”

Samrat Indian Restaurant
Ranked #264 of 684 Restaurants in Syracuse
Price range: $0 - $12
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Houghton, Michigan
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Good food, no surprises if you've eaten at many local indian joints”
Reviewed October 19, 2010

I live in a small town but grew up in a big city. In Syracuse on business, I went looking for a local Indian restaurant. I was hoping for nicely prepared inexpensive food and expecting the typical mediocre atmosphere and menu with numbered entrees to help the western client avoid pronouncing the Anglicized Indian names. I pretty much got what I expected.

The entrance to the place is dirty and dismal; you climb a staircase not sure if you're going to a restaurant or some grubby rental housing. Don't be afraid! This is a poor testament to the place itself. The restaurant space is tidy enough, but very plainly maintained. I wasn't sure if there actually was a restroom ... there's really just one big room. The menu is classic Indian food in America, with all of the usual choices, including pakoras as appetizers, vegetarian, chicken and lamb entrees, nan, garlic nan, etc. The alcoholic selection includes a couple of indian beers, Bud, etc. and a small set of wines by the glass.

Papadams came first, gratis and without asking. I ordered fish pakoras for an appetizer, which were hot, plain, and satisfying. As an entree I ordered Chicken Sag Masala, and chose "medium" from the offering of mild, medium and hot. They didn't rush the preparation, and the rice and masala was very nice, with a pleasantly balanced sauce, lots of chicken, and relatively mild spice given my choice.

Service was decent, slightly awkward with an accent, and polite. Would I go back? Absolutely. Was I happy? Absolutely. Was I blown away? Not in the least. Personally, I was very much satisfied, with my expectations met.

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DaRevrend
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The Buffet is really nice”
Reviewed February 4, 2010

The buffet is great. Dinners are almost always great. I eat at alot of Indian rest.s And amp fairly picky. This is authentic for its region, North Western India, I believe. The only complaints I have is that sometimes the naan is salty so i just order it with very little salt. The wait staff is rather flat but definitely not problematic.

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Syracuse, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“its an alright place and some of there dishes are great, others arent u need to know what to choose”
Reviewed January 10, 2010

i like the places chicken biryani when u order it spicy without nuts and raisins it is delicious. i ordered the special biryani and the lamb was undercooked, overall it wasnt spicy and they put nuts and raisins in it when i specifically asked them not too. their chicken tikka masala and chicken vindaloo are delicious, but their veg curries arent so great. the buffet isnt really recomended because there isnt much choice there and some of the food is reheated over and over again making it not so flavourful. id recomend it overall tho environment is nice and music is nice. thanks for looking!

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USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Not sure if I'll go back...”
Reviewed August 29, 2009

Tried the buffet recently and it was sub-par. The chicken in the Chicken Tika Masala was hard, like it had been reheated over and over, the wait-staff was surly and inattentive, and the location was dirty and reeked of mold. I will not eat their buffet again, and I am skeptical that their a la carte will be much better.

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syracuse
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“avoid going there if you can”
Reviewed May 28, 2009

what should i say, where should i begin???
I am new at syracuse and went by the reviews. The place was terrible - the batura was fried ready-made naan!! the chole to go with it was probably heated and re-heated over and over for some days!!!! the chicken dishes were sweet - so labelled them all as chicken kheer!! there was no lamb dish at the buffet!! the only thing that was decent was rice and naan!!! the raita had grated carrot in it which had probably been sitting in there for a few days at the least. nothing seemed fresh except naan. the chicken tandoor was hard instead of being juicy and succulent, which means even that was re-used from before!! their jamuns were okay though their samosas were seeped in oil, the oil just oozed out as I bit into them!! you need some good quality tissues to first soak the oil before eating them. the veggie dishes were all pathetic - the panner was hard and probably reheated several times - basically a lot of recycled, re-heated food from previous days. I did not dare to try ala carta there yet, i don't know how good their food is, but please please please avoid going there for buffets - you will be served old, oily food.

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