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debbie421 Nov 21, 2007 07:16 AM

I'm new to Indian food and would like to try some buffets to see what I like. Any open for weekend dinners? They all seem to operate for weekday lunches. A little heavy for me during the work day.

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  1. mnitchals RE: debbie421 Nov 21, 2007 07:53 AM

    I know that Tandoor India has a weekend buffet but if you really want to start learning about Indian food head to Bombay2Deli. They have a number of dishes that they only make on the weekends and you can still get their normal lunch special of 2 curries bread and pickle for $5.50. So for less than $10 you can try as many dishes as you'll get at a buffet. Furthermore the owner is extremely helpful and friendly (I forgot her name).

    1. bob s RE: debbie421 Nov 21, 2007 08:09 AM

      Mysore Cafe on Hennepin in Uptown only serves a buffet on weekend evenings. It's pretty good South Indian. Vegetarian only, I believe.

      Places links:

      Bombay 2 Deli [Closed - May Reopen in Different Place]
      1840 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

      Mysore Cafe [Closed April 08]
      2819 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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        FishMPLS RE: debbie421 Nov 21, 2007 12:04 PM

        India Palace in Roseville as a weekend buffet that is delicious.

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          MNLawGirl RE: debbie421 Nov 22, 2007 05:21 PM

          Not sure if you are up for the suburbs - but there is a fanastic indian buffet in east bloomington called Surabhi. http://www.surabhicuisine.com/Surabhi...

          The website does not state the menu but it has a great assortment. Address:517 West 98th Street. Buffet is only open for lunch.

          If you just want to go for dinner - their chicken tikka masala is to die for.

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            jbanana RE: MNLawGirl Nov 23, 2007 06:49 PM

            Unfortunately, Surabhi is now a pit of construction, RIP.

            Marla's (in uptown on the corner of Lake and Emerson) has a weekend buffet, which also includes some Carribean dishes. I haven't eaten the weekend buffet in years, but their weekday version and regular menus are pretty tasty.

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              MNLawGirl RE: jbanana Nov 24, 2007 02:23 PM

              Actually it moved - in the same complex as Festival Foods. Ate there last week. The menu and buffet is still good. The website I posted above has the new address.

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                jbanana RE: MNLawGirl Nov 27, 2007 07:58 PM

                whoops! I didn't look close enough at that address - I must have been so overwhelmed with sadness the last time I was in the neighborhood and saw the whole place razed to the ground. This is great news.

          2. AnneInMpls RE: debbie421 Nov 23, 2007 08:13 PM

            How about South Asian Foods, up by Central Ave and Hwy 694?

            It's a small Indian grocery with a deli counter in the back. Last time I was there (back in the summer), the owner mentioned a weekend brunch - I'm not sure if it's a buffet or if it's order-at-the-counter, as on weekdays, with special dishes on weekends.

            Here's a post that describes South Asian Foods:



            South Asian Foods
            765 53rd Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55421

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              Loren3 RE: debbie421 Nov 27, 2007 11:44 AM

              Your best bet is to check out this recent post,


              then maybe call a few. According to my co-op student (who is of Indian descent) pretty much all of the local Indian places have lunch buffets.

              Then swing by the Brookdale 8 cinema and catch a Bollywood flick!

              Good luck, and enjoy!

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