Hands down my family's favorite Indian restaurant. We??ve been dining here for over 5 years and the food is always good. Our favorite dishes are:
Mixed vegetable pakoras
tandoori chicken tikka kabab
Sometimes the service is a little slow if they are busy but usually pretty good.
Suraj (with a 'j', not an 'i') is a great Indian restaurant. It's never very crowded (although the lunch buffet can actually start to fill it up), so you usually get a nice quiet dining experience.
And the experience is nice. I've not found one of their dishes I didn't like (although some of the spicier things can push my tastebuds' limits for fire). When I go with a group, we usually get a la carte and share the dishes around, but if I go by myself, or with just one other person, I get a dinner, which comes with a selection of five sauces; I'm not enough of a connoisseur of Indian cuisine to even know what they are, but they're all good!
There is plenty of parking, fear not. The only down side is that it's a fairly expensive place to eat; $15 an entree on average, and I could use bigger portions (but I'm a glutton for good Indian food, so maybe that's just my problem...) But I'm never unhappy after dinner here...
Oh! And the lunch buffet (which I only went to once) is very good, all-you-can eat... And on Fridays, if I remember correctly, you actually get a beer included with your buffet price tag. I wish I lived closer to take advantage of their lunch buffet more often!
PROS: Great indian food.
CONS: Bit pricey
I rate Indian restaurants based on the samosa's they serve. A theory of mine put into practice and never fails. Going to Suraj, I tried it out. I ordered both meat and vegetarian samosas. The meat samosa has what seems to be the trend among new Indian restaurants--meat that is more paste than ground. As for the spice element, the vegetarian samosa failed that test--bland and mostly potato based (they completely forgot the cauliflower). The masala dosa was almost an empty crepe and all chutney's were sweet and not spicy. The staff and their grim faces didn't help matters. Just one disaster after another. I guess being Indian makes me a bit over critical, but other restaurants have met, matched and sometimes exceeded my standards (i.e. Pasand, Sneha etc). This place has the potential of turning off the beginner to Indian food. They do have a full bar, so I'll give them credit for that. CAUTION: This place is not representative of Indian food, only a bad restaurant. 1.5/10 (they get the .5 for the full bar).
Pros: They have a full bar
Cons: Alcohol is a temporary solution
This was my first time visiting an Indian Buffet, and I am extremely satisfied. My boyfriend suggested it as he's used to be somewhat a regular there. His former co-worker who's indian, recommended this place for their lunches. We went there for a Saturday lunch buffet. I liked everything there, and we went back for seconds immediately. Thier lamb curry is better than the one I had earlier that week at an indian white table cloth restrant. This is such a good place, i cant wait for the occassion to come back again. The buffet was only $10 per person. Also, the setting was really casual. Big resturant, with many small rooms made for a cozy abieance.
I am Indian and can truly say that this is some of the best. The food is authentic and includes both north and south Indian delicacies. We travel over the bridge from the east bay for this food! I highly recommend this restaurant for excellent Indian cuisine.
Pros: large menu, inexpensive