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Dec 16, 2006 05:24 PM

Indian Lunch Buffet

I'm looking for a good inexpensive Indian lunch buffet restaurant outside of Boston. I have been to Rani in Brookline and I liked it alot. Has anyone recently been to the Kebab Factory in Somerville or Gourmet India in Brookline? If so, would you recommend their lunch buffets? Does anyone have a favorite Indian restaurant that serves a delicious lunch buffet? Any information would be appreciated.

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  1. There are at least 2-3 of them on moody st in Waltham, I have not been in a few years but i remember them all being good. I think New Mother India used to be a favorite.

    1. Rangoli in Allston (on Brighton Ave) has a really great lunch buffet - I believe for $7.95.

      1. i enjoyed the lunch buffet at kebab factory. quite good i thought. tamarind bay, in harvard square (so techincally "outside boston") is also pretty good, though the last time i was there (about a month) i thought it was less good than previously.

        1. from what i remember, kebab's lunch buffet is larger than most (closer to the size of cafe of india in harvard square than to tanjore's). tamarind bay also has a really good lunch buffet (though one source of confusion to me is that there have been random times when i have gone for lunch and they have switched from buffet to prix fixe- this has only happened maybe 3 times but i've never really understood it. does anyone else?). tamarind bay is, in my opinion, the best indian lunch buffet in harvard square (tanjore comes in second.)

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          1. re: littlelady

            I think when Tamarind Bay first opened they were consistently doing the set lunches with just 2 choices of appetizer and entree. These were excellent. Then they just started doing a lunch buffet like most of the other Indian places -- better than most, but a step down from the set lunch, I thought. And, like you say, they've switched back and forth at different times -- I've never been able to get a clear explanation why.

            I haven't been in well over a year, but Kabab and Tandoor in Waltham used to have a great, very homestyle Hyderabadi lunch buffet. Very hole-in-the-wall place, food prepared (at home?) by Indian ladies, with steam trays replenished periodically by the ladies who would quickly disappear back into the kitchen. Best daal I ever had. I'm not sure if recent reports have been as good, though, worth a search if you decide to check it out.

          2. If you're looking for something totally different, I suggest Chennai Woodlands in Ashland. It's a South Indian buffet place -- all vegetarian and quite different from the standard North Indian fare at most places. The food is wonderful -- very authentic, and most of the clientele are Indian. It is a bit of a drive but totally worth it.

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              1. re: Sgt Snackers

                Agree. Not quite as good but maybe more convenient is Boston Masalaa on 3a in Billerica.