Ali Baba Sign

Reticular Activator: part of the brain which stays on alert. It’s job is to make you notice some things and ignore others.┬áMy reticular activator works for restaurants, especially while I am driving. Hopefully I am not ignoring anything important.

I travel on 700 East in Salt Lake many times each week. It’s a major thoroughfare and usually I am completely focused on getting to my destination. Thankfully my reticular activator was on that day and I noticed “Ali Baba.” My first thought was “Is that an Aladdin gift shop?”

Returning soon, I found that it was not a Disney gift shop but an Indian & Pakistani restaurant. Like many great Indian restaurants, they have a lunch buffet. My mouth began to wander as I thought of the delicious buffets at Tandoor and The Kathmandu.

The buffet included: Chicken Tikka Masala, Channa Masala, Chicken Jalfrezi, Lamb Rice, Kabobs, Daal, Mix Vegetable Curry, Pakora and Naan. It really was a beautiful sight, but how would it taste?

Tikka Masala, Chana Masala and Lamb Rice

Tikka Masala, Channa Masala and Lamb Rice

Wow is defined by Michael Hyatt as the difference between someone’s expectations and their experience. They do a good job with the Chicken Tikka Masala, Channa Masala (Chickpeas cooked with onions, tomatoes, coriander, garlic, chilies and ginger), and Daal (Lentil dish). The other items were alright but those three shined through.

Overall the Wow factor was in the positive. Not bad for a place where the buffet is only $8.99. Give this place a taste.

Happy Eating

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