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Good Indian buffet in DC??

jhfinxy Nov 17, 2009 09:31 PM

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

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  1. alkapal RE: jhfinxy Nov 17, 2009 09:45 PM

    i've heard good things about woodlands: http://www.woodlandsrestaurants.com/i... for vegetarians.

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      JeffCraddock RE: alkapal Nov 18, 2009 07:25 AM

      For a vegetarian, it really doesn't get any better than the Woodlands buffet. I highly recommend the one in Langley Park, near the intersection of University and New Hampshire.

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        Jeserf RE: JeffCraddock Nov 18, 2009 08:34 AM

        is their buffet both days on the weekend? is there a better time to go? my BF would love this.

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          JeffCraddock RE: Jeserf Nov 18, 2009 01:29 PM

          Yes, the lunch buffet is every day. It's more crowded on weekends because so many families go. Not sure about the hours, but we usually try to go early, closer to noon.

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      deangold RE: jhfinxy Nov 18, 2009 03:31 AM

      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.

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        JeffCraddock RE: deangold Nov 18, 2009 07:29 AM

        I'll second Dean's recommendation. The selections are limited, but the quality is top-notch.

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        hamster RE: jhfinxy Nov 18, 2009 04:47 AM

        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.

        Heritage India
        2400 Wisconsin Ave NW Ste A, Washington, DC 20007

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          yfunk3 RE: jhfinxy Nov 18, 2009 05:36 AM

          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.

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            hamster RE: yfunk3 Nov 23, 2009 10:29 AM

            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.

          2. DanielK RE: jhfinxy Nov 18, 2009 05:41 AM

            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.

            1. monavano RE: jhfinxy Nov 18, 2009 05:58 AM

              http://www.itheindianexperience.com/ is in NW, next to Naan and Beyond.

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                comestibles RE: jhfinxy Nov 18, 2009 06:05 AM

                Try Minerva's lunch buffet. It has both North and South Indian, meat and vegetarian. The selection is large, varied and very nicely prepared. You should get there before noon as the place fills up rather quickly on weekdays. The Rockville location is about 1/3 mile from the Shady Grove Metro.

                16240 Frederick Rd
                Rockville, MD
                (301) 948-9898

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                  districtSW RE: comestibles Nov 18, 2009 08:16 AM

                  Nirvana on 18th and K street has a great all Vegetarian Indian Buffet for about $15, and their food rotates daily to a different region of India.


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                    SouthShore RE: districtSW Nov 18, 2009 12:11 PM

                    I second Nirvana. Their lunch buffet is GREAT. I am not a vegetarian, but have thoroughly enjoyed this place the several times I've been --- and have never had the same thing twice, since the menu rotates. I usually go with a few of my friends who are from India and agree that Nirvana is the real deal.

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                      shellymck RE: SouthShore Nov 18, 2009 12:41 PM

                      Sorry but I had an awful buffet experience there and I know there has also been a recent review saying the same thing.

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                        SouthShore RE: shellymck Nov 19, 2009 05:23 AM

                        That's unfortunate! What happened?

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                  Jeremy303 RE: jhfinxy Nov 18, 2009 12:49 PM

                  I can tell you where not to go to and thats the Indian Experience at 1708 L St NW(formerly known as Ascot), This is the 2nd time I have tried their lunch buffet and it is absolutely awful!

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                    kristinndc RE: jhfinxy Nov 18, 2009 01:07 PM

                    I think the previous poster who referenced a place on 7th near Gallery Place was talking about Mehak, which is my favorite for carry-out. Never eaten their buffet, but it looks nice. www.mehak.com. Also, for a more upscale (but still affordable) experience, the Bombay Club's Sunday champagne brunch is wonderful: www.bombayclubdc.com

                    1. alkapal RE: jhfinxy Nov 19, 2009 04:07 AM

                      is there still that indian vegetarian place in georgetown, west of wisconsin avenue on m street, upstairs?

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                        hamster RE: alkapal Nov 19, 2009 05:03 AM

                        Do you mean Amma Vegetarian, with the cheap dosas? If so, yes, it's still there.

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                        yummyumyummy RE: jhfinxy Dec 1, 2009 05:10 PM

                        Udupi is my very favorite. It's in Takoma Park/Langley Park. Near New Hampshire and University Blvd. They don't use ghee.

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                          slickffx RE: jhfinxy Dec 23, 2009 08:57 PM

                          If you don't mind driving, try Angeethi (Herndon) or Rangoli (South Riding) - Best Indian buffet in the D/suburbs.

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