Indian lunch buffets have been the location of many gatherings: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, reunions, weddings, divorces, annulments and kids being expelled from school. No, these are not all the reasons that I have been to Indian lunch buffets, but good Indian food sure can make a great experience fantastic and a bad one better.
A friend wanted to meet for lunch not too long ago. I recommended Tandoor Indian Grill in Salt Lake and he said that it sounded great. As we walked in and joined the buffet line he asked, “Can you tell me what this food is, I pretty much just eat tacos?”
Tandoor is North & South Indian Cuisine and never having traveled to India, I can’t say for sure how “authentic” it is. What I can say is that the Chicken Tikka Masala, Channa Masala, Tandoori Chicken, Vegetable Coconut Korma, Pakora and Naan (white leavened bread) are incredibly flavorful and delicious. And that wasn’t even all the choices. They do have more options, but it is hard to try everything in one sitting.
If you order both the garlic and chile Naan, you won’t be disappointed. Get a little bowl of each sauce for dip: Tamarind, Mango Pickle and Spicy Tomato. It’s as exciting as playing with a Coca-Cola freestyle machine to see how many combinations you can make.
The dish which serves as the beacon in the light is the Vegetable Coconut Korma. It’s , smooth, creamy, rich, mildy spicy and loaded with onions, carrots, bell peppers and other delectables of which I wasn’t able to completely reverse engineer. When you have 3 helpings of this, you understand why you can’t try every dish.
Towards the end of the meal, I figured my friend to be a culinary convert to this place since he was working on two more plates after I was done.
Tandoor so far stands alone at the top of the Indian lunch buffets in Salt Lake, and there are some good lunch buffets.
Oh I was excited for a culinary conversion.