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Edmonton: Best Indian Buffet

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kati3 Mar 15, 2010 11:42 AM

So my first post on CHOW! I did a quick search and couldnt find this topic so I thought I would ask. I was originally born in England, moved here when I was 5, but still have curry coursing through my veins.

Here are the ones that I have been too

New Asian Village - Westend - Dinner: Good but not remarkable.
Haweli - Downtown - Lunch: I used to love this place, I like their butter chicken, but i seem to have gone off it recently, also i find their buffet quite small in comparison to others that I have been too
Khazana - Downtown - Lunch: Good selection good food
Rasoi - Southside - Lunch: Was decent, again I didnt find it that remarkable
India Grill - Southside - Lunch & Dinner: This is my current favourite, huge selection, good price, seems more authentic to me, they dont hold back the spice (but what do i know).

Anyways please share your experiences :)

Thanks!

Katie

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    cleopatra999 RE: kati3 Mar 15, 2010 11:55 AM

    Here is a link to one of our reviews of the month: might help you out.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/665012

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      pengcast RE: kati3 Mar 16, 2010 08:42 AM

      My favourite used to my Maurya Palace. Last time I went, it seemed to have slipped. Still good but seemed like there were fewer choices. I think their pakoras are really good.

      Also went to New Asian Village Sask. Drive last week and the renos are done and it looks really nice. The buffet line is much improved - no steam table any more -- instead lovely brass pots. The lamb stew/curry was the highlight. Butter chicken OK. And sadly no paneer that day. The smaller pots mean that food is refreshed more often which is a good thing.

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        foodiesnorth RE: pengcast Mar 16, 2010 07:32 PM

        Zaika in the south side (see Cleopatra's link above)

        Taste of India in Sherwood Park

        Both get my vote.

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          Dan G RE: foodiesnorth Mar 16, 2010 09:45 PM

          still loving Zaika. as are everyone I have taken there, and the 2 dozen people at my wife's birthday party that we had them cater (where many raved that it was the best butter chicken they have had...)

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            mianoelle RE: Dan G Mar 18, 2010 11:14 AM

            I've never been to Zaika but look forward to trying it. Thanks for the suggestion!

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              kati3 RE: mianoelle Mar 18, 2010 11:31 AM

              Yes I think I also will have to try :)

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            cwant RE: foodiesnorth Mar 19, 2010 07:59 PM

            Based on the praise here, I went to give Zaika a try today -- superb! My only complaint is that I've been slow and lethargic for the rest of the day from eating way too much of that wonderful butter chicken (but I guess that's my problem, not Zaika's).

            Another one that I like on the East side of town is the India Garden, right behind Shaw cable on 76th Ave and about 50th street. (Good place to take a big group, since they expand out into a banquet facility.)

            Chris

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              itwillmakeaturd RE: cwant Mar 21, 2010 05:18 PM

              The parents of one of the owners of Zaika own India Garden. I think they have a decent buffet, but prefer Zaika. India Garden is a shorter drive for most poople though, and is better than Zaika at a few items. I like their pickles a lot.

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                livetocook RE: itwillmakeaturd Aug 11, 2010 09:34 AM

                "poople" LMAO!!

                Okay, now I have to try Zaika :P

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                  boxitup RE: livetocook Aug 22, 2010 03:39 PM

                  Just a heads up that you might want to call before you go, went by a couple of days ago and they were closed because they had some flooding issue and were doing repairs.

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          kati3 RE: kati3 Oct 4, 2010 12:02 PM

          I take liking Indian Grill and Banquets back. 100%.

          Here is my recent urban spoon review.

          Wow what can I say. This place has really gone down hill in the last year. I occasionally work at a neighbouring business so I like to stop in once in a while to catch the dinner buffet - and let me tell you last night not only was the food incredibly bland but actually pretty gross. A year or so they used to specialize in veg curry and even have a veg curry buffet night. Last night they didn't even have a Channa masala, just what seemed to be frozen veg in an unappealing bland sauce. Most of the veg was cream sauce and none were good. Only tried the butter chicken out of the meat selections which was rather unremarkable. The server was annoying and kept trying to make small chit chat jokingly but it actually came off a rather demeaning and I also noticed one of the chefs walking around in his hat sans kitchen whites with an oilers shirt spotted with curry dribbles all down it. Really unsanitary. But wait, I save the beat for last, among the unimaginative crap they had thrown together and called a salad bar were Saran wrapped ham and cheese sandwiches! Seriously, what is this -- a truckstop? For three buffets and three beers the whole thing came to about $100. What a joke, save your money for zaika or khazana.

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          Indian Grill & Banquets
          4620-99 Street, Edmonton, AB T6E 5H5, CA

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            KayceeK RE: kati3 Mar 29, 2011 06:51 PM

            Thanks for sharing this - I was considering going here at a time, but no longer. Does anyone have anything to add regarding Origin India on Whyte?

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            Origin India
            10511 82 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A3, CA

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            foodkarma RE: kati3 Oct 4, 2010 08:53 PM

            My fav Indian buffet is Zaika as well. Love, LOVE the fish pakora but they are best when fresh and not for take out. A big plus is that Zaika changes their buffet selection. I find their butter chicken could be a bit spicier (guess mild is safer for buffet) but has lots of flavour depth.

            If they have the warm pudding that tastes like carrot cake, it's incredible.

            I also like Khazana's (love their Salmon tandoori) but have never had the buffet there.

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              S_B_Russell RE: kati3 Oct 5, 2010 02:57 PM

              It's been a while, but I used to adore the buffet at Maurya Palace on 34 Ave.

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                sweettooth722 RE: kati3 Mar 27, 2011 10:48 PM

                I have found Dawaat to be my favourite if I'm in the mood for a buffet. Both the Whyte Ave and West End locations were delicious, fresh, and with a ton of variety (particularly vegetarian-friendly). If you want somehing a bit different, and very good value, Shudh South Indian Cafe (off 34th Ave, on 93rd street) is absolutely fantastic. South Indian as good as we tried in the Tooting district of London! Don't expect ambiance, but the dosa and condiments are delish, as is everything else I've tried there! The buffet is only $14 per person at dinner, if you want to try a little of everything, and the servers bring around hot, fresh platters of items as they come from the kitchen to each table while you are eating.

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                  prairiekate RE: kati3 Mar 29, 2011 06:32 PM

                  I LOVE Punjab House on 34th. It's not very fancy, but the food is yummy and plentiful, the staff is friendly, and the price is reasonable.

                  1. PaoloG RE: kati3 Aug 1, 2011 05:26 PM

                    Khazana was incredible. We shared a half order of the mixed tandori with a small bowl of butter chicken sauce. Breads are great.

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                      CanadianBoys RE: kati3 Aug 3, 2011 08:29 PM

                      Very disappointing - as least for the main which was to be the highlight of the meal. While the atmosphere is great...it end when we ordered and the main plate arrived. First, we should share we book this retso on Open table and have dined here many imps before from the day it opened, through the years and change of ownership for lunch and dinner. Regretfully once Khazana was sold from the original owner /operators it has never retained the same high quality of food or service. So what went wrong this night -is that we ordered a "whole" chicken to be prepared in Tandoori oven. The server went to great lengths to explain it was not a "whole" - but a whole chicken cut into quarters...speared and then served on a skewer - for the price of $34.00. What came to table later were 7 small pieces of very overdone chicken breast - not tandoori but slightly charged but white - chicken prepared earlier in the day, chilled and then slightly grilled but not Tandoori. In fact this chicken was baked/steamed in volumes and is the base for butter chicken and every other chicken dish which chicken is severed. The wholeTandoori chicken was the reason we choose to dine that evening. having got that off my chest, I will go back to the begging and say we ordered appys - samosas (veggies) and a salad of cheese, veggies, pineapple for 2 that was to be put in the tandoori and served warm. These were very good, albeit the sauce for the samosas was lacking and a true chutney would have been a better and the veggies could have been cooked 2 minutes more as the chunks of onion and green paper were raw. None the less these were good an worthy of ordering. The nann we ordered was bland (the very small piece we received) and pricy (served free any where else). Back to the chicken chunks served...we order a veggie Biryani to go with this that was excellent. Service was spotty and frankly stupid - in that after discussion of the whole chicken tandoori with the server- some other dish arrived. This was compounded when the Owner stopped by and we advised this and he listened but did not offer to remedy this. The 1/2 litre of house red was passable. We feel we were taken advantage of in that the restaurant likely does not have fresh whole chickens or fresh lamb shanks that could be cooked in the tandoor oven. We won't be back for dinner - just about anyplace in the metro serves better food for 1/2 the price.

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                        felix the hound RE: CanadianBoys Sep 11, 2011 06:07 PM

                        What restaurant are you writing about?

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                        Kimberly O RE: kati3 Aug 23, 2011 03:49 PM

                        I just went to Narayanni's ('Gourmet South African Indian Cuisine') just off Whyte and I was quite pleased. I had never heard of it, but a WagJag coupon brought me there, and boy am I glad it did! I'm generally not much of a buffet person, but this was pretty phenomenal - they have plenty of vegan dishes, and are proud of the fact that all dishes are MSG, colouring, preservative and additive - free. They also seem to be quite conscious of where their vegetables and meat come from, which is a nice perk for a buffet!

                        The food itself was lovely, there are great options for appetizers (fresh salads, a soup, and lots of little finger foods), and there were plenty of main dishes. Everything tasted lighter than your usual indian fare and despite the fact that the restaurant was not that full, the food was consistently replenished, giving me the sense that the food was quite fresh. The desserts were a bit unusual - they didn't really fit the indian theme, but apparently they are made by their pastry chef and are very delicious! I really enjoyed the tiramisu. It is quite expensive for a buffet ($25 on Wed, Thurs, Sun and $30 on Fri, Sat), but I feel that it was worth the money. Furthermore, they are providing high quality food and it's nice to support family-run businesses!

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                          shanman99 RE: Kimberly O Sep 10, 2011 12:04 PM

                          Agree with this review. It is a bit more expensive, but worth it. Quality seems a bit higher than typical of buffet, and the food is also just a bit different from the typical Indian buffet (maybe the Durban influence) which makes it interesting.

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