Harini lunch report
Tried Harini Indian in Mercer Mall lunch buffet with good results. My dining partner had time constraints so I did not enforce my "4th inning buffet rule" --(ie, at baseball games the previous days hot dogs are recycled and the fresh ones make it out after the 4th inning) we arrived promptly at 11:30 instead of my usual 12:30 buffet arrival times.
The server was bringing out the dishes one by one and they looked fresh, not a recycling experiment. This place is about food and eating and not sport dining with mirrors and ambiance. The buffet is not a huge spread, but you will not be underwhelmed, as there is a good balance of traditional/veg/ meat/ curry/ 1 bland thing for your non-adventurous friends., etc. The flavors were great, the yogurt sauce had a freshness I was not expecting and the veg coconut dish (peas with something else..) had a phenomenal coconut flavor. I bake and cook a lot and can tell when old things are "freshened up". Not here. I believe the owners took pride in what they were doing and wanted people to be happy with what they were eating. The complimentary chai was delish and self-serve with demitasse styrofoam cups to limit waste.
Only odd quirk: I used a coupon that made by buffet 5 instead of 8.99 (pricey) and the server told me "cash only" because of the coupon I think. No problem. If it were 6.99 I'd go once every week or two, at 8.99 only once a month. Give it a try!!
Harini Indian Cuisine
3349 Brunswick Pike #66, Lawrenceville, NJ
Harini Indian Restaurant
3349 US Highway 1, Lawrence Township, NJ 08648
Well, it is just a store front type operation - nothing fancy inside - one of many stores in what is really just a strip mall on Route 1 anchored by an Olive Garden, which is the biggest problem about going here on a weekend night because it means you will fight the tasteless crowds who adore chain food fake italian bread sticks when they could have real food.
I've been going here for over a year and a half - not for the buffet but for dinner. My wife and I get the Onion & Chilli Masala Dosa, the Dal of the day, and a garlic Naan. We learned the hard way after our first few visits that you should not order too much, as the dishes can be big and filling. I'd alos reccomend the Chicken Haryali Kabab. FYI - It's a BYOB for those who want a drink.