Good Indian buffet in DC??
My sister is in town, and as we both LOVE Indian food, I would like to take her for Indian for lunch. She's a vegetarian, I'm not, and something reasonably priced would be nice (around $11?). I'm in the NW, so something on the red line would be best. I've seen Indique get good reviews, but do they have a lunch buffet? Thanks!
3512 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008
I really like Gahr e Kebab in downtown Silver Spring buy Fenton on Wayne across from the Silver Spring parking lot. Not a bad walk from the Metro, a few blocks. $10.09 or so, features a tandoori chicken dish, 4 or 5 curries (2 are usually vegetarian}, several appetizers, salads & chutney. Very nice service and the food quality s high as they refill the small chaffing dishes often.
There's a nice lunch special, though not a buffet, at Heritage India in Glover Park. They have a vegetarian and a meat option. It's around $11 IIRC. Not on the red line.
I haven't tried the buffet, but I have eaten at Nirvana on K Street (Farragut). It's all vegetarian, and quite good.
Though not a buffet, Amma Vegetarian Indian in Georgetown is quite cheap (basically everything under $10). Also not on the red line exactly...
I used to eat Indian buffet all the time in Boston, but I have to say, it never happens for me here in DC! Am interested to hear if anyone else can recommend a buffet in the District.
2400 Wisconsin Ave NW Ste A, Washington, DC 20007
I know this isn't on the red line, but the best Indian buffet I've been to so far in the region is at the Delhi Club right across from the Clarendon metro. They're got about 50/50 veggie and meat options, and always have some sort of "sweet" option (either rice pudding or sweet carrots). Haven't been in a while, but it was good stuff when I last went about a year ago.
There's also a weekend buffet at the Indian restaurant near the Gallery Place metro entrance on 7th and H streets. I always forget the name of the restaurant, but it's adequate food for the typical Indian buffet price. I remember there not being as big a selection as at the Delhi Club, though.
I happened to be in Clarendon on Saturday and took the opportunity to try Delhi Club's buffet. It was pretty yummy. There were a ton of dishes (maybe 10?), though some were definitely worse for the wear since we snuck in for the last twenty minutes of their buffet time (12-2:30). I particularly enjoyed the peas, spinach, fresh (and plentiful) naan they brought to our table, and the semolina halwa dessert which had a lovely citrus flavor. For $10, it's a good deal and I would definitely return.
If you're willing to go all the way to Rockville, the buffet at Spice Xing in the new Rockville Town Square is quite nice.