When it comes to finding a good dining deal, it's hard to much better than the Indian buffet. Where else can someone find unlimited fluffy and crisp bread, rice and an assortment of vegetarian and meat entrees for as little as $10? Here's a selection of Indian buffets in the D.C. area and how they stack up.
Indian favorite Bombay Club offers a Sunday buffet brunch for $22, which includes unlimited servings of naan and chicken tikka masala while listening to a live pianist tickle the ivories. It's offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. The restaurant offers unlimited champagne as an option, which brings it up to $32 per person.
Masala Art's Southwest Waterfront location offers a buffet brunch Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 to 3. For $19.95, diners get seven Indian dishes, including a chicken dish, lamb, dal and two desserts. Add $10 for all-you-can drink champagne.
Cusbah South Asian Spice Bar on H Street serves a buffet Friday through Sunday for $11.99 with about half a dozen Indian and Pakistani dishes that might include minced lamb, chickpeas and chicken tikka masala.
Several Indian restaurants offer lunch buffets seven days a week for those who want a fix during the workday. Capitol Hill Tandoor & Grill charges $10.95 Monday through Friday and $11.95 on weekends and serves tandoori chicken, dal, okra and samosas.
Mehak Indian restaurant serves seven dishes, including tandoori chicken and vegetarian dishes for $14.95 on weekends and $11.95 during the week.
Mayur Kabob House, near Metro Center and Gallery Place, serves a buffet for lunch ($11) and dinner ($13). Expect eight or nine Indian and Pakistani dishes, including several vegetarian dishes, two chicken curries, tandoori chicken and naan.
Rasoi Indian Kitchen serves a weekday lunch buffet for $11.95 during the week and $14.95 on weekends. The Farragut North restaurant serves about 10 dishes that could include butter chicken, fish curry, and chana masala.
Not surprisingly, some of the best buffet bargains can be found in the ‘burbs. One example is located in an Alexandria, Va., strip mall. Namaste's buffet offers more than a dozen Indian and Nepalese dishes. Buffet is served seven days a week and costs $10.95 Monday through Friday and $11.95 on weekends. Fans give it high marks for the quality and selection of items, including veggie vindaloo, tandoori chicken and goat
curry. Sangeeth in Fairfax may be the largest Indian buffet around, with more than 30 items; it's $11.95 on weekends and $9.95 during the week.