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cheap, good Indian buffets on the westside

Tmblweed Jul 3, 2006 02:32 AM

hi all,

I was wondering if any of you could recommend any cheap and good Indian buffets on the westside, especially for lunch?

thanks, all!

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    Bria Silbert Oct 24, 2006 06:07 PM

    Incredibly inexpensive is Chandni Vegetarian Restaurant, 1909 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica Tel: 310-828-7060. They have an all you can eat lunch buffet, but it's strictly vegetarian.

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      poppasmiths Oct 24, 2006 04:07 PM

      The India Cafe on Santa Monica Blvd and Bundy (right next to California Vegan) has a small but tasty lunch buffet. They keep the buffet nice and hot and make sure to bring you toasty Naan with the meal. I'd recommend it.

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        Chandavkl Oct 23, 2006 03:40 PM

        Shalimar at Jefferson and Overland has a pretty good, though limited buffet for about $7 at lunchtime.

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          westsidegal Oct 23, 2006 05:43 PM

          must disagree.
          their food is just this side of awful.
          imho, it'd be better to spend a few dollars more and get good food at shershah in the marina or drive north

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            JBC Oct 23, 2006 05:53 PM

            For a while I thought they'd closed because their web site was down; however, it's back up with:

            $8.95 Buffet ~ Mon-Friday
            $10.95 all you can eat & drink Champange Brunch/Buffet ~ Sat & Sunday


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              Chandavkl Oct 23, 2006 08:28 PM

              Hmm. Well, while I might not be that discriminating, Mrs. Chandavkl is a very picky eater and she really liked it. (There are only three Chinese restaurants in the entire San Gabriel valley that she finds acceptable.) Also, there were a number of Indo-American diners there which really surprised me.

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                westsidegal Oct 24, 2006 01:38 AM

                i WANT to really like it because it is across the street from my daughter's school and it would be so convenient to really like it.
                believe me, i've tried......

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            glutton Oct 23, 2006 01:16 PM

            Annapurna, which is on Venice, near Motor, has a very good, fresh buffet.

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              laonion Oct 23, 2006 06:49 AM

              Mayura at the corner of Motor and Venice has a buffet lunch for $5.99 weekdays, $8.99 weekends.

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                Carnivore Oct 22, 2006 03:00 AM


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                  Francesca Jul 18, 2006 05:53 AM

                  Gaylord's on La Cienega just north of Wilshire Blvd. has a good lunch buffet daily for about $13.00 per person. Their nan bread is heavenly.

                  1. Mattapoisett in LA Jul 3, 2006 04:45 PM

                    My new favorite on the West side is @ Bharaat Bazaar in Mar Vista/Culver City. Like India Sweets and Spices, it is a Grocery Store with counter service indian food and tables on site but I would argue it is head and shoulders above India Sweets and spices with none of the Negative ambience found at ISS

                    Try it you'll like it.

                    Bharat Bazaar
                    11510 W Washington Blvd,
                    Los Angeles, 90066
                    (310) 398-6766

                    Take care


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                      westsidegal Jul 5, 2006 03:47 PM

                      will definitely try it soon.
                      it is much closer to me, would love to find a new, close place.

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                        Kishari Jul 12, 2006 06:59 PM

                        Thank goodness the giant "CASKETS" sign which used to be next door to Bharat was taken down...real downer on the ambience. :)

                      2. mnosyne Jul 3, 2006 03:33 PM

                        Nawab (at 16th and Wilshire in SM) has a lunch buffet on Saturday and Sunday for $13.95 that includes salad, rice, chicken curry, those fried puffed things in sauce, eggplant bharta, lamb dish, tandoori chicken, raita and mint sauce, pickles, and fruit dessert. Selection on the meat dishes varies. Oh, and a glass of champagne. Also nan bread.

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                          bixhenry Jul 3, 2006 03:56 PM

                          Nawab does a daily lunch buffet for something like $8.95, and it's quite good.

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                            echoparkdirt Jul 12, 2006 06:49 PM

                            Agreed. Nawab is the best one. Its food is fantastic and setting is nice and clean, kind of upscale. Great stuff.

                        2. westsidegal Jul 3, 2006 03:53 AM

                          in order of quality imho
                          1) shershah in marina del rey
                          2) jaipur on pico blvd near the westside pavillion
                          3) anapurna on venice blvd

                          the cheapest is not a buffet, but has excellent quality:
                          india sweets and spices on venice blvd near bagley

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                            NAspy Jul 3, 2006 04:19 PM

                            I agree with this poster's assessment, particulary of India Sweets and Spices. Don't be put off by the negative ambience (rickety picnic tables, flimsy styrofoam containers, etc)--their food is excellent.

                            Anapurna is all vegetarian, and not as good as Chandni, which is also vegetarian, but more in Santa Monica, on Wilshire around 19th.

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                            echo eater Jul 3, 2006 03:16 AM

                            New India Grill on Westwood just a couple blocks south of Wilshire is a decent and inexpensive spot. They do a buffet every weekday and I think they offer different dishes each day.

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