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Best Indian lunch buffet in NOVA?

Rick Feb 16, 2014 04:32 PM

We will be in Fairfax but more than willing to drive elsewhere. Karaikudi was our favorite but it seems to have gone down hill. We like Saravana but my gf would rather not have an all vegetarian lunch. We went to Gharer Khabar on Friday and really liked it, but we're looking for a buffet for lunch on Monday.

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    Ziv Feb 16, 2014 05:35 PM

    I still like Minerva in Fairfax best. Great selection and the popularity means that the steam table cycles fast, no food sitting there for an hour or more. It is the one on Rte 29/Rte 50 just east of 123 at 10364 Fairfax Blvd.


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      wayne keyser Feb 16, 2014 09:38 PM

      Minerva for sure ... definitely not the "standard one size fits all" buffet.

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        Hobbert Feb 17, 2014 05:28 PM

        Curry Mantra on Main Street. Hands down the best Indian I've ever had. They have a small selection (maybe a dozen dishes) but rotate them quickly and have a different group of dishes every day. Absolutely fantastic. The iced tea is also delicious- they make it with a bit of clove and it has a really lovely flavor.

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          rachelcp Feb 18, 2014 07:48 AM

          I actually really like the buffet at Bollywood Bistro. Good selection of items, nice space, and reasonable price.

          Curry Mantra has great stuff, but never tried their lunch (a little too far from my office to beat out Bollywood).

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            ALargeFarva Feb 20, 2014 11:42 PM

            Jaipur gets my vote. While it lacks the refinement and creativity, I actually think their food tastes as good as Rasika.

            There are people who swear by Minerva. I don't understand. I went once 8 years ago and the only thing worse than the food was the selection. I think they had one meat dish and three vegetarian dishes.

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              MikeR Feb 21, 2014 06:36 AM

              Anyone tried that new Indian restaurant in the shopping center across Wilson Blvd from Eden Center? Saathi, I think, in the place that formerly was Kabob Express. Their lunch buffet is $8.95, cheaper than most. Could be worth a shot.

              I miss the place in Fairfax that used to have the $5 buffet. It wasn't terribly good, but it was cheap. They quit because they said they couldn't afford it. Not surprising.

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                Rick Feb 24, 2014 07:33 AM

                We went to Minerva, it was good but was more of a typical Indian buffet. We were hoping to find something more adventurous. I'm guessing we won't find anything like Karaikudi again.

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                  Snd485 Mar 3, 2014 06:27 PM

                  I'm a fan of Raaga on rt 7. Pretty typical options but done well. Maybe you can check it out next time!

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                    MikeR Mar 4, 2014 04:25 AM

                    I like the food at Raaga, but their lunch buffet is one of the more expensive ones in the area. The cost for a dinner is perfectly reasonable, but I can't eat enough for lunch to get my money's worth at the buffet.

                    And, yes, a couple of dollars DOES matter to me. ;)

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