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“This place offers more than a buffet”
Review of Kaarma

Kaarma
Ranked #96 of 245 Restaurants in State College
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Chinese, Indian
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

While the buffet offering is a good deal, we went here for dinner one night and were surprised to see a wide variety of offerings.

The mulligatawny soup is a good place to begin. It's flavourful, has a velvety texture, and costs less than $3. It's a good option as you wait for the rest of your meal.

I went with the tikka masala as an entree...it's typically my standard go-to dish. The sauce was richer than I've tasted elsewhere. I ended up eating the remains with just a spoon!

The portions are very big for the prices you pay. An example of this is that you can get a good-sized order of naan bread for under $2.

Though I look forward to trying the buffet, this place offers a good menu on its own.

It seems like people might opt for take-out, which makes sense given the interior is simply decorated.

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Reviewed April 24, 2013

Lunch buffet is a good value, with a nice selection. The food is spiced fairly mild, but flavorful, so this is good "starter Indian cuisine" for your friends who may not be adventurous. Service is pleasant.

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Reviewed March 11, 2013

I have friends who prefer Kaarma to India Pavilion; I will not be joining that group. We picked up a take-out order since the perceived ambience (looking through the window) is less than inviting. I had to order biryani since it is my go to comfort food. I asked that it be no hotter than medium as I like spicy food, but do not want the heat of a dish to overpower the more subtle flavors. The biryani had no heat at all nor subtle flavor; it was pretty bland. My husband ordered a fish dish which he thought was fine. I thought the sauce tasted like bottled sweet and sour sauce. The worst of it was the naan. (We'd actually ordered roti.) I can make a meal out of soft, delectable naan, but I had a hard time eating one quarter of a piece of this. It was as hard and stale as if it had been sitting out unwrapped on the counter all night; I don't know of we would have gotten fresher bread had it not been for take out. I couldn't help wondering if the cook decided to unload the old bread knowing that we wouldn't be around to complain.

Perhaps I should give Kaarma another chance, but why would I risk it, knowing that I am pretty much guaranteed a wonderful meal (and service) at India Pavillion?

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Reviewed February 19, 2013

I had dinner here Feb. 18, 2013. Even though I was the first diner of the day for the five o'clock dinner serving, the waiting time for my order was short. Service was great. The food was excellent. I was asked if I wanted it mild, medium of hot. I went medium and was not disappointed. I had the lamb in spinach sauce (succulent), chicken stuffed naan bread (crisp and tasty), basmati rice (fragrant) and Indian style hot tea (refreshing). I had a refill on the tea with no extra charge. Portions were ample; I was unable to eat all I was brought though I tried. It came to eighteen dollars excluding tip. I would have enjoyed the Bollywood music the staff were listening to when I came in but they changed to some muzak-style dining music which wasn't too bad. I liked the way the owner passed the smoke from a joss stick over the money in the till at the start of the shift. I think that is an example of puja. I look forward to eating here again.

1  Thank Louis Mark L
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

My husband and I had lunch there today and everything was delicious. Several different chicken and vegetable dishes. Friendly, efficient service.

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Thank Robin B
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