Limited Buffet , Only Average in Taste.
We are Indian cuisine aficionados and have eaten it all over the country in our travels. My husband who has lived in India is an expert in what is authentic tasting Indian cuisine. This buffet was very mediocre, lacking in both variety of dishes and spicy taste. I have found Indian food much spicier in most Indian restaurants I have eaten in; I don't know if this was due to a new cook or if the restaurant likes to travel the middle road to appeal to a broader population. We won't return to find out. The space is small which may account for why the buffet is limited. We are familiar with buffets which have a larger variety of dishes, but we could understand spatial issues preventing that in this restaurant. Neither of us returned to the buffet for 2nds of anything. :-(
Good, but not great....
My girlfriend and I walked down here to give their chicken tikka masala a try. Apparently their specialty is their buffet (their sign said $7.95, but we were told dinner was $8.95 upon sitting down). As we wanted to dine on the cheap, we decided to just split a plate of the tikka. The chicken was of decent quality, but the masala itself was a bit runny and bland. We ordered two garlic naan's but found that one would've sufficed as their quite large. I have made it my mission to find the best Indian food in the city. If I find none better, I will return here. But for now, I will keep searching...
Good Indian Buffet Next to Kabuki.
If you like Indian, and need a place to eat before you catch a movie at Kabuki, this is the place. $7.95 buffet gets you all-you-can-eat, and I appreciated their good selection of food, along with accompanying sauces. I'm usually not into Indian food, but I liked this place. The place is simple and functional. Not a place to bring a first date to, but a cozy place to go to with a good friend. I liked their mango lassis. I also like that they tell you that you can eat as much as you want, but please don't take more than you can eat. Environmental, economical, and not promoting waste - all good things.
I was not impressed their lunch buffet. very limited choices. Taste was OK. I felt expensive compare to the menu selection and price. There are many ohter restaurant whose buffet is cheaper or more selection. Naan was no taste and somewhat dry.
Pretty good stuff.
I have had some of the most increadible Indian food ever. I travel all over the world. I am a native San franciscan. When I need my Indian fix, this is the place I head for. The buffet is unbeatable and always satisfying. The food tastes more authentic than the other Indian restaurants/buffets in the city. The buffet includes lentil soup, naan, rice, tandori chicken, 3 or 4 different curry dishes, appetizers, milk tea, dessert, salad, and a slough of different sauces. Their lassies (yogurt drink) are DELICIOUS. Service is average. I don't know if it's a cultural thing, but the staff doesn't smile much. Bottom line: not the best in the world, but honestly the best in SF. I've even been to Gaylord's which is a total rip off and some of the worst Indian I've ever had. Don't let expensive prices fool you.
Had the Chicken Curry and a Shrimp dish, as well as some garlic naan. Everything was great! The restaurant was pretty empty, I didn't realize they were actually closing when we entered. They greated us with smiles and was more than happy to take care of us, an extra plus in my book!
Great Indian food at this hidden treasure.
I was on my way to another restaurant when my friend and I decided to give this place a try. I wasn't expecting much, but it turns out the food was very good. One of the downfalls of many buffets is the food tends to be left out for a long time. Not at this buffet. The food was fresh, and although the variety was more or less limited, it had everything one can expect considering the restaurant isn't very large. I had a great dining experience, and as far as value goes, it does not get better than this, especially on Filmore St. where a hamburger will cost you more than what you pay at this buffet. I will definitely be coming back again.