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Indian Buffet?

LilBrilliant Mar 12, 2009 09:07 AM

Greetings all... eek! I have to choose an Indian buffet for lunch today and there are so many! I'm having a hard time narrowing it down to the one that I would like to go to. I would love to go to Spice Route, but that's a bit fair for my lunch break in Seattle. I'm in downtown Seattle and driving is not an issue it's mostly time and vegetarian options and preferably chana masala!

Thank you all in advance.

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    GreenYoshi RE: LilBrilliant Mar 12, 2009 10:39 AM

    My current fav is India Bistro. Right off the freeway from the Ravenna exit at the corner of 65th and Roosevelt.

    There's a nice one down by Pioneer Square too, but I can't recall the name.

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      terrier RE: GreenYoshi Mar 12, 2009 12:10 PM

      Flavor of India, it was called. According to Yelp, it's now called Maharaja. YMMV, but the lunch I had there a few years ago still holds the title of the worst lunch I've ever had in Seattle that didn't give me food poisoning. Just blah.

      Pabla, up 2nd, is supposed to be better, but I've never made it up there for lunch.

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      jenn RE: LilBrilliant Mar 12, 2009 12:22 PM

      If driving is a non-issue, I like Bengal Tiger which is up Roosevelt, north of Scarecrow and near the East West Bookstore. They have a yummy buffet, all fresh, lots of raitas and veggie stuff and very tasty desserts.

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        GreenYoshi RE: jenn Mar 12, 2009 01:47 PM

        Really? Bengal Tiger is right around the corner from India Bistro.
        I've been a couple times and was underwhelmed each time. It seemed low in it's use of spices and flavors (not to generalize, but maybe appealing to a more "white" palate)

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          equinoise RE: ihateveggies Mar 13, 2009 02:29 PM

          Although I've never been, it surprises me that India Bistro would be better than Bengal Tiger, considering its menu reads like most other Americanized places (Bistro even serves chicken caesar salad!) while Bengal Tiger offers at least a few more unusual or regional dishes. Maybe Bistro is worth a shot.

          While I find Tiger passable, I remain convinced there is no worthwhile Indian food in Seattle proper. One must go to Redmond, Bellevue, Renton or Kent.

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            FoodDee RE: equinoise Mar 13, 2009 03:45 PM

            Which places do you like in Redmond and Bellevue? Recently I had poor experiences at both Spice Route (buffet cut almost in half and everything soupy - also half empty while there used to be a wait) and Kanishka (must have a new cook and/or ownership. Same menu but the food was virtually tasteless).

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              sagarwal RE: FoodDee Mar 13, 2009 06:15 PM

              oh please don't go to Kanishka - they have been shut down by the health dept more than once, and i have heard horror stories about things found in the food.

              I really like the Chutneys in Bellevue. You wont have a lot of variety in the buffet, but what they do have is really good. In particular, they usually have tandoori chicken, soupy dal, and both are quite good and they bring fresh naan to you.

              Another favorite is Taj Palace in Bellevue http://www.tajpalaceofindia.com/ . Their buffet is quite extensive, and their tandoori chicken, palak paneer, biriyani's, etc is all quite authentic.

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                HungWeiLo RE: FoodDee Mar 13, 2009 06:50 PM

                I used to like Kanishka quite a bit, though I agree that the food has gone downhill quite a bit.

                And to also have a vet call you in the middle of dinner there to inform you the death of a beloved pet kind of sucks too.

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                  equinoise RE: FoodDee Mar 13, 2009 08:45 PM

                  I should have mentioned that I don't really judge Indian places by the buffets. I feel the buffet features the most gringo-friendly items, with a greater liklihood of aged, reheated stuff. I stand by the evening a la carte menu at spice route, which has a strong selection of south Indian goods (and especially Tamil nadu/chettinad cuisine). Try the harilaya (sp?) kofta. But they also do a good job with muglai stuff as well. Also check out the keralan specials at curry leaf in factoria: kappa fish and goat. As for Redmond, I think mayuri makes some passable chaat, and preets is cutely presented but bland/Americanized as to it's spice composition. Haven't tried kanishka or Mysore masala but heard positives on both. Would also prop up naan n curry in renton, focusing on the Pakistani specials.

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                    FoodDee RE: equinoise Mar 13, 2009 09:29 PM

                    I agree that buffets are not a good way to judge, but a noticeable, severe decline in the quality of the buffet and lack of patronage makes me wonder about the restaurant in general.

                    My remarks about Kaniska were about dinner, but after reading Sagarwal's comments, I doubt if I'd want to go back there even if the food improved.

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            thomco RE: LilBrilliant Mar 12, 2009 01:10 PM

            My favorite India buffet is Roti's. The food is consistently good. It is in lower Queen Anne, so easily doable for lunch from downtown.

            Pabla's on 2nd is also good, especially for vegetarians.

            I also frequent Tandoori Hut (2616 2nd Ave in Belltown). It is only a three blocks from my work and usually very good.

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              sagarwal RE: thomco Mar 13, 2009 06:10 PM

              I've been to Roti's lunch buffet a couple of times, and unfortunately I was disappointed both times - the food was dry, tasted like it was sitting there for a while even though I was there around noon at least one of the times. However, Roti's dinner is fabulous and is one of my top choices in Seattle for Indian dinner.

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              sagarwal RE: LilBrilliant Mar 13, 2009 06:17 PM

              Has anyone been to Laadla on Fairview? I've been curious, but don't know anyone who's been there.

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