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Looking for a Good Indian Buffet

Lately I've been having a big craving for Indian food, and typically I like a buffet since I usually eat alone and like to be able to try a little bit of everything. Any recommendations?

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  1. I'd recommend Gandhi Mahal; here's a thread on it:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5266...

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    Gandhi Mahal
    3009 27th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN

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    1. re: SmartCookie

      We ate there the other day, but didn't care for it as much as Taste of India.

    2. It's hard to believe a Indian Buffet can be good in Eden Prairie but I enjoyed India Spice House 8445 Joiner Way, Eden Prairie MN 55344

      Phone:952-942-7510 (Grocery)

      Phone:952-942-8010 (Restaurant)

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      1. re: ibew292

        My coworkers and I love Biryani in Edina. It's a bit tucked away, but the lunch buffet is excellent most of the time. I think it's about 10 bucks.

      2. 2570 Cleveland Avenue North
        Roseville, MN 55113-2601
        (651) 631-1222
        www.indiapalacemn.com

        Is awesome. It has reallt good mix and its tasty. I would highly recommend it

        1. How about a Indian restaurant that isn't afraid to make their buffet dishes spicy? One that is frequented mostly by South Asians. I'm thinking of a buffet like that at Jai Ho in Tampa.

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          1. re: tvdxer

            I found the buffet at Surabhi in Bloomington to be spicy and not in a MN way...I also noted that the clientele is predominantly South Asian.

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            Surabhi
            9818 Aldrich Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55420

            1. re: MayrMN

              If you are not up for a drive to the 'burbs, try India House on Grand in St. Paul. I'm chary about lunch buffets in general, but had occasion to eat there last Friday and was impressed with how fresh and tasty the food was, especially the paneer pakora and the chicken dishes. Really liked the maharani tofu - I've had the same sauce on chicken and seafood, and it blended with the tofu well. Three nice choices for dessert - including mango pudding. Servers came round several times offering fresh, steaming naan. Worth a visit if you are looking for a quality lunch buffet.

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              India House
              758 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

          2. If you are up for a drive to the burbs I like the lunch buffet at India Palace (8362 Tamarack Vlg Ste 120) in Woodbury. I used to go there quite a bit but haven't been back in awhile. They typically have quite a few things to try and so far I've liked most of them.

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            Woodbury Cafe
            803 Bielenberg Dr, Saint Paul, MN 55125

            1. Sambol
              1260 Town Centre Drive
              Eagan, MN 55123
              * - the best but the most expensive

              Kurry Kabab
              2018 Jefferson Road
              Northfield, MN 55057
              * - the best for the price

              Chapati
              1001 Division Street South
              Northfield, MN 55057
              * - mediocre for the price

              India Palace
              1905 County Road 42 West
              Burnsville, MN 55306
              * - not as good as their Woodbury location

              Tandoor
              8062 Morgan Circle South
              Bloomington, MN 55431
              * - never had their buffet but enjoyed their regular menu

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              Tandoor Restaurant
              8062 Morgan Cir S, Minneapolis, MN 55431

              Sambol Restaurant
              1260 Town Centre Dr, Saint Paul, MN 55123

              Kurry Kabab
              2018 Jefferson Rd, Northfield, MN 55057

              1. Two recent reviews from Heavy Table:

                Kabob's (downtown in Gaviidae Common)
                http://heavytable.com/ather-jameel-of...

                Curry Up in Maple Grove:
                http://heavytable.com/curryups-chaat-...

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                Curry Up
                13601 Grove Drive, Maple Grove, MN 55311

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                1. re: EarlOfSandwich

                  the original kabob's in richfield/bloomington is on the tiny side of buffets, and the small restaurant is in a crummy strip mall, but it's one of the best bargains in msp, all you can eat indian buffet lunch $4.99!!!

                  south indian/muslim standard fare, but well-executed, it scratches the itch and the vegetable dishes are actually spicy. they actually will put goat dishes out on the buffet alongside the tame chx curries. yay.

                  1. re: EarlOfSandwich

                    Curry Up is amazing. The weekend buffet comes with as much mango lassi and masala chai as you can drink, not to mention the complimentary dosa, chaat, and 10+ main dishes.

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                    Curry Up
                    13601 Grove Drive, Maple Grove, MN 55311

                  2. India House in Fridley. I have eaten there twice, the spices are well balanced, not too overwhelming and mild to medium in terms of heat. The price is good, like $7 to $8 bucks per person depending on if it is a weekday or weekend. Haven't had anything bad there. Great desserts. There are usually a lot of Indians eating there, which is a good sign.

                    765 53rd Avenue Northeast
                    Fridley, MN 55421-1240
                    (763) 586-9800

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                    India House Restaurant
                    765 53rd Ave NE, Fridley, MN 55421

                    1. Does anyone know if the Indian place in the skyway in MPLS is run by the same family who had the Bombay2Deli?

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                      1. re: teamkitty

                        Where is it located in the skyway?

                      2. I just had the lunch buffet at Bombay Bistro. It was way better quality than you typically get at a buffet. Great food and a wide selection. A good size crowd means they're always freshening up the food, so it's not just sitting there drying out. $11. Go north into the skyway from 9th St S between Marquette and Nicollet.

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                        Bombay Bistro
                        820 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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                        1. re: bitter13

                          was this the one in the skyway? or the one that's facing right onto the street?

                          1. re: faith

                            I prefer the one with the entrance inside the Medical Arts Building to the one that has its entrance on Marquette.

                        2. There's a good (and interesting) Indian restaurant just across the Franklin Ave. bridge in Mpls. on the south side of the street. I think they have a buffet at noon.

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                          1. re: Haricotsv2

                            is that around 30th Ave and Franklin? I think it's called something like Raja Mahal..........I ate there recently with a friend and it was very good....we had the buffet...

                            1. re: faith

                              Any other details re: Raja's Mahal? I live nearby but have never had the heart to pass up going to Gandhi Mahal when I'm hungry for Indian, thus I've never tried Raja's Mahal...

                              I saw some pictures of the interior online and to be honest I kind of thought it looked like the basement of a MN Lutheran Church, is it still so? Were there any highlights from the buffet?

                              Thanks for mentioning it as I always mean to ask about it but inevitably forget...

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                              Gandhi Mahal
                              3009 27th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN

                              1. re: mplsean

                                The entrees I had at Raja Mahal were ho-hum, and basement of a Lutheran church about sums it up. I would be floored if they had a better buffet than GM.

                          2. [Bukhara Indian Bistro took over the space vacated by Istanbul in Wayzata. Northern Indian.
                            Very nicely spiced, more heat that you usually find in buffets. Tandori Chicken was incredible.

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                            1. re: stymie

                              Bukhara Indian Bistro has a luncheon buffet. We ate there Friday for dinner and had the vegetable Samosa appetizer, chicken tikka marsala and lamb biryani.

                              www.bukharamn.com

                              Indian food is not my first choice but I found it very good. Well I guess I liked it. I made my own Chicken Tikka Marsala at home last night. :)

                               
                               
                               
                              1. re: Davydd

                                you should check out Bakura in Wayzata... awesome!