Aashiana Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 31 Central Ave

    Albany, NY 12210

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  • 518-463-4161

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Agree with E.B. It is hands down the best desi restaurant in Downtown Albany.
Let me start off by saying that I am writing a review of Aashiana's lunch buffets and Friday evening buffet. I have not written a review previously since I wanted to see whether the restaurant would live up to my expectations and consistently deliver the quality of food that most restaurants/food places do when they open initially and then dwindle down few years later. Aashiana has lived up my expectation of consistent and good quality Indian / Pakistani food at the buffet since the first time I ate at the Central Ave location in around 2008. The buffet is at a very reasonable price and is a good deal (Lunch buffet $6.99 including Saturday).

Am originally from India and know Indian / Pakistani food quite well and also when the food kicks a$$. The fantastic taste of the foods at Aashiana is a reflection of the quality of spices used in preparation of the foods as well as the preparation itself. I have tasted the buffets at all the other restaurants within the same block and in my opinion Aashiana stands above the rest. In terms of more variety of options, Jewel of India offers more however as a person from India am all about taste and spice. The food seems to contain less oil/butter than other places that I have eaten Indian food at. Hey, I love that there is always fresh Hummus / Houmous and raw cut vegetables available to give that healthy touch as well. I like to spread the hummus on hot naan; its yummy. Decent variety of vegetarian options and the vegetable dishes have been different on my different visits.

You know the quality and taste of food is really good when the owner's (Salim) family is involved in the preparation of the food on a daily basis. I have nothing against quality chefs at other restaurants, but Aashiana food reminds me of homemade food because of the special touch. Naan is served fresh and quickly too, rather than be piled at a corner of the buffet station to get cold and rubbery as in most other restaurants. The owner who is involved in service as well is friendly and seems to ensure customer satisfaction. The service (water/drinks refill and plates cleanup) is prompt and the buffet has mostly been warm and full.

The extra options for appetizers(aloo tikki, mini samosas, chicken tikka, chaat) and desserts(Gulab jamun, fluffy cake bites, rice pudding) in the friday evening buffet is well worth it (Friday evening Buffet $9.99). The rice pudding is much thicker in consistency than at other restaurants.
The place maybe a bit small but it is clean and the excellent food more than makes up for it. :-)

I have ordered the Okra Masala (extra spicy), Palak Paneer & Lamb Curry with the Combination Platter for appetizer in the past for a takeout and especially loved the spiciness of the first dish and the rest was fantastic as well.
Parking at Central Ave near the restaurant maybe a bit of a hassle, but I park at the Washington Park and walk; it works for me - less than 5 minute walk.

5
★★★★★

Agree with E.B. It is hands down the best desi restaurant in Downtown Albany.
Let me start off by saying that I am writing a review of Aashiana's lunch buffets and Friday evening buffet. I have not written a review previously since I wanted to see whether the restaurant would live up to my expectations and consistently deliver the quality of food that most restaurants/food places do when they open initially and then dwindle down few years later. Aashiana has lived up my expectation of consistent and good quality Indian / Pakistani food at the buffet since the first time I ate at the Central Ave location in around 2008. The buffet is at a very reasonable price and is a good deal (Lunch buffet $6.99 including Saturday).

Am originally from India and know Indian / Pakistani food quite well and also when the food kicks a$$. The fantastic taste of the foods at Aashiana is a reflection of the quality of spices used in preparation of the foods as well as the preparation itself. I have tasted the buffets at all the other restaurants within the same block and in my opinion Aashiana stands above the rest. In terms of more variety of options, Jewel of India offers more however as a person from India am all about taste and spice. The food seems to contain less oil/butter than other places that I have eaten Indian food at. Hey, I love that there is always fresh Hummus / Houmous and raw cut vegetables available to give that healthy touch as well. I like to spread the hummus on hot naan; its yummy. Decent variety of vegetarian options and the vegetable dishes have been different on my different visits.

You know the quality and taste of food is really good when the owner's (Salim) family is involved in the preparation of the food on a daily basis. I have nothing against quality chefs at other restaurants, but Aashiana food reminds me of homemade food because of the special touch. Naan is served fresh and quickly too, rather than be piled at a corner of the buffet station to get cold and rubbery as in most other restaurants. The owner who is involved in service as well is friendly and seems to ensure customer satisfaction. The service (water/drinks refill and plates cleanup) is prompt and the buffet has mostly been warm and full.

The extra options for appetizers(aloo tikki, mini samosas, chicken tikka, chaat) and desserts(Gulab jamun, fluffy cake bites, rice pudding) in the friday evening buffet is well worth it (Friday evening Buffet $9.99). The rice pudding is much thicker in consistency than at other restaurants.
The place maybe a bit small but it is clean and the excellent food more than makes up for it. :-)

I have ordered the Okra Masala (extra spicy), Palak Paneer & Lamb Curry with the Combination Platter for appetizer in the past for a takeout and especially loved the spiciness of the first dish and the rest was fantastic as well.
Parking at Central Ave near the restaurant maybe a bit of a hassle, but I park at the Washington Park and walk; it works for me - less than 5 minute walk.

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One of my favorite places to eat in Albany. I have been to every Desi restaurant in the area, and this one stands out. The owner is very friendly and knows you by face and name after just a few visits. I have brought most of my friends here and some family as well. The service is excellent and they are really on top of everything! The food is fresh and Halal, which is definitely another plus. As a local college student, I love that they deliver right to my apartment on campus!! You can also order ahead and pick up as well. And, as a typical strapped-for-cash college student, I love that the food is very affordable while still maintaining quality and taste. The buffet is a must, especially on Friday nights, as there is a varied range of food and fresh naan is continuously brought to your table...all for either $5.95 or $6.95 on weekdays or $9.95 on Friday night. I recommend getting there a little early on Friday nights as they do get a little crowded. I would recommend the daal dishes, chicken tikka masala and vegetable samosas especially. Definitely check this place out!!

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★★★★★

One of my favorite places to eat in Albany. I have been to every Desi restaurant in the area, and this one stands out. The owner is very friendly and knows you by face and name after just a few visits. I have brought most of my friends here and some family as well. The service is excellent and they are really on top of everything! The food is fresh and Halal, which is definitely another plus. As a local college student, I love that they deliver right to my apartment on campus!! You can also order ahead and pick up as well. And, as a typical strapped-for-cash college student, I love that the food is very affordable while still maintaining quality and taste. The buffet is a must, especially on Friday nights, as there is a varied range of food and fresh naan is continuously brought to your table...all for either $5.95 or $6.95 on weekdays or $9.95 on Friday night. I recommend getting there a little early on Friday nights as they do get a little crowded. I would recommend the daal dishes, chicken tikka masala and vegetable samosas especially. Definitely check this place out!!

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That is it.The people were rude and the service bad. The food was mediocre. It was nothing to rave about. I am not tempted to visit the restaurant again.

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That is it.The people were rude and the service bad. The food was mediocre. It was nothing to rave about. I am not tempted to visit the restaurant again.

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Aashiana's might not look like much, with the much more decorated Shalimar near by, but it is a real hidden treasure and a place to frequent. Everything I've ever had - but with the beef schwarma standing out - has been wonderful and affordable. There are a lot of vegetarian options. The lunch buffet - only $7.95 as of this writing - is incredibly good. They serve both middle eastern and more recently Indian and I've found myself much happier with the Indian dishes here than down the street. Service is usually very good - though it might be a tad bit slower on a busier night. The owner, Salim, knows his customers by face and name, greets them and serves them - and you can tell this business is a true labor of love for him. He'll go way out of his way to make sure you have a great eating experience in his restaurant.

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★★★★☆

Aashiana's might not look like much, with the much more decorated Shalimar near by, but it is a real hidden treasure and a place to frequent. Everything I've ever had - but with the beef schwarma standing out - has been wonderful and affordable. There are a lot of vegetarian options. The lunch buffet - only $7.95 as of this writing - is incredibly good. They serve both middle eastern and more recently Indian and I've found myself much happier with the Indian dishes here than down the street. Service is usually very good - though it might be a tad bit slower on a busier night. The owner, Salim, knows his customers by face and name, greets them and serves them - and you can tell this business is a true labor of love for him. He'll go way out of his way to make sure you have a great eating experience in his restaurant.

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new website Hello all, check our website at www.aashianarestaurant.com for a full menu and special offers, we now have a full range of Indian-Pakistani dishes and some famous Middle Eastern dishes. our dishes range from Tandoori Chicken to Beef Shawarma. Check us out!

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