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A Good Indian Buffet for Lunch in Plano/Richardson/Addison/North Dallas?

shannydiva Jan 31, 2009 03:54 PM

Can anyone recommend a good Indian Luncheon Buffet within these areas? We had lunch at Claypit in Addison today, the food was OK, but it was kinda cold-very lukewarm curries.

Are there any stellar Indian Buffets around either for weekdays or weekends? Has anyone been to Pasand's in Richardson?

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  1. air RE: shannydiva Feb 1, 2009 07:06 AM

    The other Indian buffets in that area (Chettinad Place, Taj Majal, Pasand) have severely degraded. I usually get my Indian buffet fix from Mayuri out in Irving or at Clay Pit.

    And very sorry to hear that you were disappointed about Clay Pit, it's easily much better than Pasand. I've started eating there more frequently ever since Bukhara Grill's former chef joined Clay Pit's staff last summer.

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      irodguy RE: air Feb 1, 2009 08:19 AM

      We normally go to Flavors in Addison just down the street from Clay pit. Flavors has a very large buffet, hot food, fresh food. The spice mix is reasonable not going to kill anybody with the heat, yet our Indian staff think it's good as well.

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        shannydiva RE: air Feb 1, 2009 02:42 PM

        It's weird, Claypit used to be my fav Indian place in DFW-since the new ownership, it's either hit or miss. Sometimes the food is wonderful, sometimes it's just medicore. I think when we go there for dinner and order off the menu, the food is much better-always hot, always flavorful. Their buffett in the past few months has just been so-so. Just want to try out some other buffet options to compare :) I'll have to try Flavors in Addison next.

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          kersplat RE: air Feb 7, 2009 05:41 AM

          In case you hadn't heard, that former Bukhara Grill chef you mentioned also became former Clay Pit chef about six months ago.

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            air RE: kersplat Feb 8, 2009 12:11 PM

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          sass RE: shannydiva Feb 1, 2009 07:19 PM

          I think Pasand in Richardson is fantastic. I've tried a few other places in the metroplex but if I'm craving Indian, Pasand is the only one I consistently return to. My fiance works 10 minutes from there and he always raves about the lunch buffet, as well.

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            slewfoot RE: shannydiva Feb 2, 2009 10:50 AM

            I agree that the Clay Pit is a disappointment. For what I think is the best Indian food around try Kebbab N' Kurry on 75 in Richardson. Silly name, but great food. They have a large lunch buffet daily and the owner is usually on the floor overseeing the service, which is almost as good as the food. It's the only Indian Restaurant I return to regularly.

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              masnole RE: slewfoot May 1, 2011 09:01 AM

              Had lunch there yesterday based on this reco and agree that food was very very good.

              Wouldn't have guessed from the road, but food quality was really outstanding.

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              dugout19 RE: shannydiva Feb 2, 2009 01:24 PM

              Second on Flavors in Addison. There is also Rucchi on Trinity Mills west of Midway. Also, for a delicious buffet that you will hardly notice is vegetarian, try Madras Pavillion on the southeast corner of Beltline and Coit in the Whole Foods strip center.

              1. shannydiva RE: shannydiva Feb 6, 2009 10:53 AM

                I tried Iravat Bistro in Plano today, but I have to say, I was really disappointed with the buffet. The food was very bland. Although the food on the Claypit buffet was lukewarm, at least it was flavorful and spicy.

                I'll be trying Flavors in Addsion and Pasand in Richardson next-I'm working my way down all the great suggestions my fellow CH's gave me.

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                  luniz RE: shannydiva Feb 6, 2009 12:32 PM

                  Their regular menu is far superior to their buffet which I agree is disappointing. I thought Saffron House in Addison was a bit better. Looking forward to your next reports.

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                  oliphant RE: shannydiva Apr 23, 2011 08:15 AM

                  I have been around the Indian buffets and here are my favorites:

                  1. India Palace - I used to hate this place as I thought they made their food bland but I visited recently and it was really delicious. I will definitely go back! Everything was really fresh.

                  2. Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant - I like Taj Mahal, but I have noticed that lately they have been a little more miss on certain days (on the buffet). But overall, I would order from there. If you tell the owner what you want when you order (spice level, etc), he really will work with you to customize to your taste.

                  Not so favorite:

                  1. Mumtaz - I went there recently and the food was not so good. It was bland and it seemed like it was sitting out for a while - although we went to eat at 12:30 p.m. I wasn't a fan.

                  Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant
                  10455 N Central Expy Ste 120, Dallas, TX 75231

                  India Palace Restaurant & Bar
                  12817 Preston Rd Ste 105, Dallas, TX 75230

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                    demigodh RE: shannydiva May 1, 2011 02:47 PM

                    No one else commented on it but my favorite is Chettinaad palace. It is South Indian and the buffet comes with a complimentary Dosa. They have much more on the vegetable side than meat though I have had some incredibly delicious meat dishes (a mutton korma comes to mind). It's definitely worth a try, leaps and bounds better than Iravat.

                    240 Legacy Dr, Plano, TX 75023

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                      schlotz RE: shannydiva May 3, 2011 08:09 PM

                      There's a relatively new place in Murphy that has a very good lunch buffet. It is called Spice House of India and is located on FM544. Just head east out of Plano on Plano parkway or 14th Street. I found the heat/spice level to be assertive and a good variety of dishes on the buffet.

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                        amokscience RE: schlotz May 19, 2011 09:47 AM

                        Went there a couple months ago. Seemed pretty solid. They bring out fresh naan as you need them.

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                        Christnp RE: shannydiva May 17, 2011 11:49 AM

                        I'm often critical of Indian Buffets, but there's one in Plano that I love. Maharaj 4152 W Spring Creek Pkwy (Just west of Coit). Everything is fresh and they have an excellent variety of dishes. It's not Americanized.

                        Spring Creek Restaurants
                        4108 S Carrier Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75052

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                          irodguy RE: Christnp May 17, 2011 01:29 PM

                          How would you compare it to India Spice over on hedgcox?

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                            jmellby RE: irodguy May 17, 2011 03:15 PM

                            I've only been to India Spice once for buffet. Almost totally ignored by waiters, both
                            when we went in and during the meal when we wanted drink refills or bread.
                            Then it took 20 minutes to get the bill. Food was just average. Not going back.

                            I haven't been to the Maharaj buffet. Been twice in the evenings. My food was ok,
                            but my wife didn't care for it either time.

                            Has anyone tried Curry Pot on that corner?

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                              masnole RE: jmellby May 17, 2011 06:42 PM

                              Curry Pot is very good. Was recommended to me by an Indian co-worker.

                              They do a really, really good Chicken Biryani.

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                          pgwiz1 RE: shannydiva May 18, 2011 01:59 PM

                          Has anyone been to Taj Mahal on 75 between Royal and Walnut hill? I see it on Google Maps, and they supposidly delivery....

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                            jmellby RE: pgwiz1 Aug 10, 2012 02:24 PM

                            We went to Taj Mahal in years past.
                            Last February we went there for the first time in ages,
                            and it was one of the worst Indian meals ever.
                            We sent the tea back twice because it was horrible
                            (tasted and smelled like soap). The food was
                            only marginally edible.
                            Never go back.

                          2. twinwillow RE: shannydiva Aug 10, 2012 04:41 PM

                            We love Mughlai on Alfa Road north of the Galleria. IMHO, the best Indian buffet in Dallas. Especially on Sunday mornings.

                            Second choice: Chettinaad Palace. We love their stuffed Dosas.

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                              twinwillow RE: twinwillow Aug 10, 2012 07:15 PM

                              Regarding Mughlai: I should have said, Sunday afternoon as they don't open until 12 noon on Sunday.

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