So, yet another Sunday and Terry said, “You know what I want?”
“I don’t know. What?”
After decades of not eating Indian food, he’s going in hard core. We decided to try a “new” Indian place– and by new, I mean, “not Ambar” (I’m loyal, I admit).
I don’t really prefer Indian buffets– or buffets as a whole. In fact, aside from Indian, I never choose a buffet. However, on a busy Sunday (or weekday at lunch time), there’s usually high turnover, and the Indian buffet can be pretty reliable.
Baba India serves a lunch buffet seven days a week, and is located in Oakley in a building that used to be a chain restaurant of some sort. There’s plenty of parking, and the staff is very welcoming and efficient.
As far as Indian Buffets go, this one is average. The tandoori chicken is moist, but the bed of onions and peppers– my favorite part– was uncooked. Other favorites, such as saag paneer, were good but not terribly spicy. Chicken Makhani was also fairly low on the spice meter, and just a bit overcooked.
There was one dish that I’d never seen on an Indian buffet before, and I kind of passed it by. I was encouraged, however, by our waiter. ”It’s like dessert!” That dish was a carrot salad, not too sweet, with lots of golden raisins and almonds. Incredibly delicious, and like he said, a nice finish to the meal.
I also go to New Krishna, near the Sharonville exit off of 275, quite often during the workweek. The buffet is fresh, has some of my very favorite saag paneer in town, and really nice tandoori chicken. They always have a few not-so-typical dishes on their buffet as well, so customers can be a bit experimental (or just get out of their Indian buffet ruts).