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Heart of India Sherman Oaks - nice

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  • krez Nov 13, 2007 09:28 AM

The SO and I tried this last Saturday for lunch. This is the place on Sepulveda that used to be Tufoon (sp?). Not sure about old / new owners, etc. and I hadn't been to the old place.

Anyway, the decor is nice. Warm reds, silky drapes and fabrics everywhere. There was some Bollywood music videos playing on the plasma TV behind the bar. Love that. Very cozy except...there were no other customers there. This place suffers from the construction at the 405/101, which is pretty much finished now.

We had the lunch buffet (7.99 each). It was a nice spread even though the place was empty. The buffet came with fresh garlic or regular naan at the table. The buffet had (what I can remember): basmati rice, red and green sauce, raita, rice pudding, veg pakora, tandoori chicken, chicken tikka masala, chicken curry, bengan bharta (I think, was eggplant though), dal or some lentil dish, green salad, sag paneer.

The tandoori chicken was very good, and the other dishes were solid. Could have been spicer for our taste. All in all though, not bad for 7.99.

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Heart of India Cafe
4523 Sepulveda Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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  1. Can you vouch for the chicken tikka masala? I love it and usually go to Bollywood in Studio City. I wonder if this place is better.

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    1. re: Emily227

      I didn't have it but the SO did. Says it was good but didn't knock his socks off. What is expected from a buffet basically.

    2. I've wondered about this place. Thanks for the review. Is the naan refreshed throughout the meal?

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      1. re: Diana

        I think it probably would have been but we didn't finish ours :/

      2. I have tried this place on several occasions. The Naan is excellent. I recommend the Garlic Naan or the spicy one stuffed with potato and spices. This is by far the best Indian buffet. The quality of the food top noched and suprisingly the service is great. I would also like to give high marks to their Chicken Tikka Masala and Tandoori Fish. They also make some great Fish Curry dishes. When ordering ask for extra spicy if you can handle the heat. They have some mouth watering chutney's and I totally would not miss the pumpkin chutney. So finally this place has some of the best dishes in Indian Cusine and Indian Fusion. The service is by far the friendliest and warming. And lastly the prices are a GOOD DEAL! Get over there and try it for yourself. Oh yeah they are serving beer and wines and was speaking to Mr. Singh... a champagne brunch is in the works sometime soon. PEACE!

        1. I never used to like Indian food, I though that everything was mashed up with just burning spices. May be it's because I had bad Indian food. I used to make fun of Indian food, when you eat, you are crying, and when you go, you'll cry even more.

          This place is different, the buffet, you can see chunk of veggie and meat in the food!!! It's not like it was one sold paste.

          The chicken curry was so good (the yellow one), the red one MY LITTLE 4 YEAR OLD SON HAD TWO PLATES!! Finally an Indian food that my family can enjoy!! I think that the spices is just right for everyone to enjoy. If you want spicy, just ask them for hot sauce.

          Last Saturday 11/17/07, we had a birthday party for 20+ people there for my friend's boyfriend. The service was great, so great, that we are having the next party there. WE COULDN'T BELIEVE THE PRICE, WE THOUGHT THAT IT WAS A MISTAKE!! My friend give them 50% TIP!!

          Talk to them about special party package, we did, and we are very happy about it.

          They have good mixed drinks here too!! YUM!!

          I also took my brother and his girl there the week before, they never have Indian food, they love it!! Can't wait to go back there.

          Yeah, I'm a regular there. Thai/Japanese that LOVES Indian food!!

          If this restaurant is closer to Glendale, we would go there for luch all the time. Lucky for those people who works/lives in Sherman Oaks.

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          1. re: Soraya0916

            Closer to you, and eve BETTER, is Gungadin in Studio City.

            Poor you, you DID have icky indian food. not all dishes are "mashed" Many dishes are very ematy. Look for Tandoor dishes. I imagine you'd like masala, which actually was invented in england by a chef adapting to brit tastes, but there you go. Avoid vindaloos.

            Also, give other regional Indian food a taste. Go to Chatsworth and visit Woodlands Pure!

            1. re: Diana

              I think you mean Chicken Tikka Masala, which is chicken tikka (marinated meant cooked in a tandoor) served in a tomato and cream sauce. The word "masala" just means "spices" -- usually Chicken Masala is a chicken curry-esque type dish in an onion based gravy.

              We're North Indian (punjabi to be exact) and everyone we know gets their catered/restaurant food from one restaurant: Punjab Palace in Northridge. The food is excellent, and he has a nice choice of dishes to choose from. I've never had the buffet so I don't know how fresh it is, but the catered foods we (and other people) get is always good and fresh tasting.

              1. re: boogiebaby

                I mean any tikka masala dish.

                I've heard Punjab Palace is excellent, and cant wait to try it.,

          2. I will definitely give it a try. My fave Indian in the Valley remains Salomi on Lankershim near Magnolia in NoHo -- George Harrison's favoite L.A. restaurant.

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            1. re: maxzook

              Just went to Salomi last week - it was great! Wish I lived closer - I would go all the time.

              George! I miss him.

            2. We went again and the fish tikka masala was very yummy.

              1. thanks for the heads up - had tried it when it was typhoon(?) but went back based on this rec - and i was pleasantly surprised - food quality is better at the buffet than before (for buffet standards) and the flavors while obviously not spicy at all were good - and the fresh naan was a nice touch which i don't remember from before - all in all for 7.99 buffet it's an all around good deal

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                1. re: paulfromla

                  Former owner of Tufaan is now the operator of Tiger Lily in Los Feliz on Vermont, just north of Prospect on the west side of the street, opposite the restaurant vermont.