This is our second time at the Diwali dinner buffet in 3 years. The first time, friends treated us and we thought the food was spectacular, missed last year, but got there this year. At first, I was skeptical of a restaurant in a strip mall, but the decor and clever use of designing a sort of foyer, created a nice transition from the outside world. Once inside, any vestige of being in a strip mall was soon forgotten. The interior is warmly decorated in tones of red and drapes concealed storefront windows. Heavy flatware, cloth table napkins and tablecloths further set the stage for a relaxed dining experience.
The buffet, which had two seatings, started with samosas, chili chickpeas, and of course, the sauces. Truth be told, I could have feasted on this alone! The samosas were not greasy, and the chickpeas were spiced to our liking, not over the top hot, nor was the dish lacking fire. In all, there were 5 appetizers, 6 vegetarian entrees - the okra, a vegetable I never liked because of the preparation (too slimy) was absolutely delicious - not slimy at all and wonderfully spiced. Baby eggplants were also as delicious. The diwani handi was by far my favorite entree - spinach with chilies and mixed vegetables. My party also sampled the tandoori meats - chicken wings, reshmi kebab - diced spiced chicken breast and amritsari fish. The other meat entrees were deliciious as well (4 in total). Mixed breads, salad, chutney, fruit platter, mango pudding (a hit!),and other treats.
The host was wonderful, as well as the waitstaff. Plates were promptly removed, glasses refilled, and the host was attentive to diners' needs. I realize this was a special occasion, but this was our second time and the food was excellent both times.
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