Cafe India

★★★☆☆
  • 3760 Sports Arena Blvd Ste 4

    San Diego, CA 92110

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  • 619-224-7500

About Cafe India

Hours
Monday 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM Tuesday 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wednesday 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM Thursday 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friday 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM Saturday 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sunday 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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My daughter introduced me to Cafe India several years ago. She is a vegan and they have lots of vegan options (but also serve meat dishes). We usually get the buffet because of the variety. I have eaten there 3 times in the last year and

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★★★★★

My daughter introduced me to Cafe India several years ago. She is a vegan and they have lots of vegan options (but also serve meat dishes). We usually get the buffet because of the variety. I have eaten there 3 times in the last year and

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i am the member of the family you are talking about in your review and this is purely to represent our side of that afternoon since your review seems somewhat skewed. I am sorry you didn't like the dish we tried to prepare for you though it wasn't on our menu. i also remember your plates coming back to the kitchen pretty clean. : )
Honestly, Chicken Tikka is not traditionally served with spinach. I informed you of that very fact and said I could try and have it prepared for you. Your service was above and beyond, in fact when you let us know when it wasn't what you expected, I distinctly remember our waitress asking if there was something we could do to make it better for you. We ran out of small beers, you can also share 1 large beer instead of getting 2 big beers, as they are served with glasses.
Our naan does NOT come from a freezer, it is fresh and hand-made when you order.
Nonetheless, I am sorry you had that experience.
WE HAVE GONE UNDER HUGE MANAGEMENT AND KITCHEN CHANGES IN THIS PAST MONTH and I can promise that from reading reviews previous to this one, all changes have proven to eliminate the issues written about.
1. Larger portions
2. More variety on buffet
3. New staff
4. New menu

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★★★★★

i am the member of the family you are talking about in your review and this is purely to represent our side of that afternoon since your review seems somewhat skewed. I am sorry you didn't like the dish we tried to prepare for you though it wasn't on our menu. i also remember your plates coming back to the kitchen pretty clean. : )
Honestly, Chicken Tikka is not traditionally served with spinach. I informed you of that very fact and said I could try and have it prepared for you. Your service was above and beyond, in fact when you let us know when it wasn't what you expected, I distinctly remember our waitress asking if there was something we could do to make it better for you. We ran out of small beers, you can also share 1 large beer instead of getting 2 big beers, as they are served with glasses.
Our naan does NOT come from a freezer, it is fresh and hand-made when you order.
Nonetheless, I am sorry you had that experience.
WE HAVE GONE UNDER HUGE MANAGEMENT AND KITCHEN CHANGES IN THIS PAST MONTH and I can promise that from reading reviews previous to this one, all changes have proven to eliminate the issues written about.
1. Larger portions
2. More variety on buffet
3. New staff
4. New menu

Pros: personal service, home cooked food

Cons: recently went through some negative changes due to economy

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I am an Indian food fanatic! I wanted to take my brother out for Indian and see if I could get a place to make us Chicken Tikka Saag. I asked if that was something they could do. The waitress seemed puzzled and got another person, who I later learned was a member of the family that owned the restaurant. I asked for the dish and she seemed utterly confused at first but later confident that she knew what I was talking about. The menu claimed to have northern dishes, so I assumed that "Yes, this lady knew what we was talking about." Boy was I wrong!!! Along with half assing the dish, pardon the expression, they barely put any Saag into the dish and to boot the naan was the frozen naan that I buy at my own local Indian market. They didn't bake the naan long enough and serviced it heavily buttered and soggy. To further add insult, the rice was cheap white rice...think Uncle Ben's instant white rice and there you go.

The service was awful, not because the first waitress was rude, but because the "other lady" would come take requests and wouldn't communicate them accurately with her server. Our waitress had no idea we were sharing a dish, served us one small KingFisher instead of 2 large...no plates for us to share...all this was information from the "other lady"

I spent $32 for 2 beers, 1 dish that was botched, and some crappy naan. Even with the rude service I received in Los Angeles the other day, they at least got my order right.

Bottom line? Save your money and go to In and Out Burger, you'll likely have a better and more affordable experience.

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★☆☆☆☆

I am an Indian food fanatic! I wanted to take my brother out for Indian and see if I could get a place to make us Chicken Tikka Saag. I asked if that was something they could do. The waitress seemed puzzled and got another person, who I later learned was a member of the family that owned the restaurant. I asked for the dish and she seemed utterly confused at first but later confident that she knew what I was talking about. The menu claimed to have northern dishes, so I assumed that "Yes, this lady knew what we was talking about." Boy was I wrong!!! Along with half assing the dish, pardon the expression, they barely put any Saag into the dish and to boot the naan was the frozen naan that I buy at my own local Indian market. They didn't bake the naan long enough and serviced it heavily buttered and soggy. To further add insult, the rice was cheap white rice...think Uncle Ben's instant white rice and there you go.

The service was awful, not because the first waitress was rude, but because the "other lady" would come take requests and wouldn't communicate them accurately with her server. Our waitress had no idea we were sharing a dish, served us one small KingFisher instead of 2 large...no plates for us to share...all this was information from the "other lady"

I spent $32 for 2 beers, 1 dish that was botched, and some crappy naan. Even with the rude service I received in Los Angeles the other day, they at least got my order right.

Bottom line? Save your money and go to In and Out Burger, you'll likely have a better and more affordable experience.

Pros: They were open?

Cons: food, service, prices

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While taking part in a family trip, we decided to try this place since it was nearby and convenient. Here's the breakdown on how bad the place is.

Bad Service: Upon entering, we were not seated right away but had to seat ourselves. The server finally came by and dropped off menus, but after watching us enter and be seated. We found this insect-looking thing on the drinking straw and a long piece of plastic IN THE FOOD. We finally received the garlic naan halfway into finishing our meal. The waiting time was too much considering we paid extra for the garlic naan.

Bad prices: They charged a 15% gratuity (coming to 11 dollars), service charge (a separate 11 dollars), and overcharged us on the tea (7.50 when it should have been 6). Mind you this is for buffet, where we shouldn't have to give tip at all since we are serving ourselves. We ordered a $13 shrimp dish and were amazed to receive a small dish, the size of a small platter with about 5 to 8 pieces of shrimp. The dishes were overpriced for their size. They even charged us a dollar for chutney! Really, a dollar for sauce? Any other Indian restaurant would have provided that as a given.

Bad Food: The entire family had stomach problems afterwards. The garlic naan was burnt and bitter because it had too much garlic. This was the first time that I've seen flat crispy naan too, usually it's thick and soft.

In summation, there are a lot more options available for affordable, tasty food with quality service. I would never eat here again and would warn others about the hidden costs and cost-saving measures whioh occur at the expense of the consumers. It was just not a happy experience and brought a low point on an otherwise happy day.

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★☆☆☆☆

While taking part in a family trip, we decided to try this place since it was nearby and convenient. Here's the breakdown on how bad the place is.

Bad Service: Upon entering, we were not seated right away but had to seat ourselves. The server finally came by and dropped off menus, but after watching us enter and be seated. We found this insect-looking thing on the drinking straw and a long piece of plastic IN THE FOOD. We finally received the garlic naan halfway into finishing our meal. The waiting time was too much considering we paid extra for the garlic naan.

Bad prices: They charged a 15% gratuity (coming to 11 dollars), service charge (a separate 11 dollars), and overcharged us on the tea (7.50 when it should have been 6). Mind you this is for buffet, where we shouldn't have to give tip at all since we are serving ourselves. We ordered a $13 shrimp dish and were amazed to receive a small dish, the size of a small platter with about 5 to 8 pieces of shrimp. The dishes were overpriced for their size. They even charged us a dollar for chutney! Really, a dollar for sauce? Any other Indian restaurant would have provided that as a given.

Bad Food: The entire family had stomach problems afterwards. The garlic naan was burnt and bitter because it had too much garlic. This was the first time that I've seen flat crispy naan too, usually it's thick and soft.

In summation, there are a lot more options available for affordable, tasty food with quality service. I would never eat here again and would warn others about the hidden costs and cost-saving measures whioh occur at the expense of the consumers. It was just not a happy experience and brought a low point on an otherwise happy day.

Pros: NONE

Cons: FOOD, SERVICE, PRICE

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My wife and I were in San Diego this weekend for a cool escape from the Phoenix heat. Frustrated with an overcrowded Gaslamp district, we headed out of the bustle a little way and found Cafe India. We were seated by a heavily tattooed young waitress and were excited to try a new Indian restaurant as we have our own perennial favorite in North Phoenix. The waitress did not introduce herself and handed us the menus without a word. After she left we looked the menu over and were very pleased with the amount of vegetarian/vegan offerings. We decided on drinks and dinner and waited for her to come back. And waited. An Indian family entered. Another Indian family entered. They were greeted and drink orders were placed. Then their drinks were brought to them. Then dinner orders were placed. Then our ink-adorned waitress began listlessy wiping down tables. At long last she came back and asked us what we had decided on. Thus began a thirty-minute wait as we watched plate after plate of steaming food arrive at the tables of the Indian families. Now before you think that we went in looking for trouble or were looking for reasons to be unhappy, please understand we were stoked upon finding this place and really wanted it to be a good experience! When the food did arrive, the sauce was scalding hot and the rice lukewarm. We had both ordered "Mild" but apparently that equates to bland at Cafe India. The portions were meager and the Iced Tea that was to come with a free refill was never refilled. We were not checked upon between entree delivery and handing us the check. By the time we had almost finished eating, other families were kicking back, reclining and basking in their apparent fullness. Neither my wife nor I were full nor satisfied and we silently paid the 34 dollar check and walked out. I have no problem whatsoever with waiting long periods of time for proper food preparation. What is a problem is when other people enter an establishment long after we do and the clear "favoritism" (thats the nicest term I can use) sees them served long BEFORE we are. Please do not waste your money or your time with this restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

My wife and I were in San Diego this weekend for a cool escape from the Phoenix heat. Frustrated with an overcrowded Gaslamp district, we headed out of the bustle a little way and found Cafe India. We were seated by a heavily tattooed young waitress and were excited to try a new Indian restaurant as we have our own perennial favorite in North Phoenix. The waitress did not introduce herself and handed us the menus without a word. After she left we looked the menu over and were very pleased with the amount of vegetarian/vegan offerings. We decided on drinks and dinner and waited for her to come back. And waited. An Indian family entered. Another Indian family entered. They were greeted and drink orders were placed. Then their drinks were brought to them. Then dinner orders were placed. Then our ink-adorned waitress began listlessy wiping down tables. At long last she came back and asked us what we had decided on. Thus began a thirty-minute wait as we watched plate after plate of steaming food arrive at the tables of the Indian families. Now before you think that we went in looking for trouble or were looking for reasons to be unhappy, please understand we were stoked upon finding this place and really wanted it to be a good experience! When the food did arrive, the sauce was scalding hot and the rice lukewarm. We had both ordered "Mild" but apparently that equates to bland at Cafe India. The portions were meager and the Iced Tea that was to come with a free refill was never refilled. We were not checked upon between entree delivery and handing us the check. By the time we had almost finished eating, other families were kicking back, reclining and basking in their apparent fullness. Neither my wife nor I were full nor satisfied and we silently paid the 34 dollar check and walked out. I have no problem whatsoever with waiting long periods of time for proper food preparation. What is a problem is when other people enter an establishment long after we do and the clear "favoritism" (thats the nicest term I can use) sees them served long BEFORE we are. Please do not waste your money or your time with this restaurant.

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i read some reviews here that people wrote. I felt inspired to share my own. The portions are what they should be. If you want a place to overeat at, go to another spot. But this place makes perfect portions for 1 or 2 people to share. I think in America we tend to think that more is better. But health conscious people will say less is more beneficial. for under $10 you can eat a lot in a buffet or just eat enough to satisfy. check out there yoga classes!! they teach belly dance too!!

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★★★★★

i read some reviews here that people wrote. I felt inspired to share my own. The portions are what they should be. If you want a place to overeat at, go to another spot. But this place makes perfect portions for 1 or 2 people to share. I think in America we tend to think that more is better. But health conscious people will say less is more beneficial. for under $10 you can eat a lot in a buffet or just eat enough to satisfy. check out there yoga classes!! they teach belly dance too!!

Pros: healthy portions, best homemade chai ever!!

Cons: not enough of them here !!

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Food was awful. Prices were average. Atmosphere was hoorible. I went to restaurant DOT com looking for a deal and a good Indian restaurant....I did get a good deal, but the restaurant was awful. They even boasted that they have been in business for over 23 years. - must have been an off night for them. Rice was mushy, the lamb was over-cooked and the tea was awful.

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★☆☆☆☆

Food was awful. Prices were average. Atmosphere was hoorible. I went to restaurant DOT com looking for a deal and a good Indian restaurant....I did get a good deal, but the restaurant was awful. They even boasted that they have been in business for over 23 years. - must have been an off night for them. Rice was mushy, the lamb was over-cooked and the tea was awful.

Pros: I was able to get a discount from Restaurant DOT com

Cons: Now worth it even with the discount

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This is one of the best Indian restaurants I have been to. They have an all-vegan buffet with delicious food, and if you want meet they'll cook that for you for a little extra. My brother thinks that their chicken tikka masala is great. If you go there, get the buffet, it's cheap and very filling (and of course tasty)!!! I love their soup.

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★★★★☆

This is one of the best Indian restaurants I have been to. They have an all-vegan buffet with delicious food, and if you want meet they'll cook that for you for a little extra. My brother thinks that their chicken tikka masala is great. If you go there, get the buffet, it's cheap and very filling (and of course tasty)!!! I love their soup.

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I was in San Diego for a vacation and there I got a chance to go to Cafe India Indian restaurant. Here are few points which I want to mention:
(1) It was buffet on Saturday night but was very POORLY MANAGED.
(2) Food was not sufficient considering that it was buffet.
(3) We first took Rajma + rice in first round, for second round, neither rajma nor rice were available.
(4) For filler, they put BOILED POTATOS.
(5) We ordered two teas for after dinner. Guess what... the price of each tea was $3.50 and the quality was at par with the tea served in marriages in night just to keep everyone wake up ;) I am not kidding. It was very very dilute.
(6) For me, I am not having many expectations from Indian restaurants in USA, but this was way below the general expectations. The server was kind of "lala type" person who was having some attitude problem.

Overall, I will NOT suggest this place to anyone.

The only good part was parking which was available at this place.

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★★☆☆☆

I was in San Diego for a vacation and there I got a chance to go to Cafe India Indian restaurant. Here are few points which I want to mention:
(1) It was buffet on Saturday night but was very POORLY MANAGED.
(2) Food was not sufficient considering that it was buffet.
(3) We first took Rajma + rice in first round, for second round, neither rajma nor rice were available.
(4) For filler, they put BOILED POTATOS.
(5) We ordered two teas for after dinner. Guess what... the price of each tea was $3.50 and the quality was at par with the tea served in marriages in night just to keep everyone wake up ;) I am not kidding. It was very very dilute.
(6) For me, I am not having many expectations from Indian restaurants in USA, but this was way below the general expectations. The server was kind of "lala type" person who was having some attitude problem.

Overall, I will NOT suggest this place to anyone.

The only good part was parking which was available at this place.

Pros: Parking

Cons: Overly price tea, poorly managaed buffet, attitude problem with servers

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I went during the day, and it was closed... their temporary hours of operation are Tues-Thurs 5-10pm and 12-9pm Fri Sat and Sun. You would think it's like the rest of the stereo type Indian restaurants that you would find in just another San Diego plaza but no, this is very different...Thank God I returned this evening to find an actual "Ma and Pa place". Im from India and this tastes like the fresh healthy food my Mom used to cook for me at home. I happened to be seated by a painting by their daughter, Preet Srivastava from NYC, who is a mind blowing artist. I actually bought the painting. It doesnt stop there, Cafe India offers yoga, music, and cooking classes. C'mon San Diego lets show our love for culture.

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★★★★★

I went during the day, and it was closed... their temporary hours of operation are Tues-Thurs 5-10pm and 12-9pm Fri Sat and Sun. You would think it's like the rest of the stereo type Indian restaurants that you would find in just another San Diego plaza but no, this is very different...Thank God I returned this evening to find an actual "Ma and Pa place". Im from India and this tastes like the fresh healthy food my Mom used to cook for me at home. I happened to be seated by a painting by their daughter, Preet Srivastava from NYC, who is a mind blowing artist. I actually bought the painting. It doesnt stop there, Cafe India offers yoga, music, and cooking classes. C'mon San Diego lets show our love for culture.

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I am sorry to hear that someone had a bad experience at Cafe India. I have been going there for years. It has been in San Diego for 20 years and one of the first. Everyone who I have taken there has loved it. Sure the atmosphere isn't a rich fancy one but it is nonetheless positive. They promote yoga (teach super affordable classes weekly), all home made recipes ( cooked with soy oil and less fat in everything). In fact this family was one of the first Indian restaurants to serve mock meats in Indian food. The prices equate the quality...they are authentic. I am someone who cooks Indian and eats a lot of Indian and this cuisine isn't traditional oily over-creamed indian restaurant style food. It is as if you were sitting in an Indian friend's home. The family who owns it is sweet and will do what it takes to make you happy. After reading this other review I felt like I needed to respond because too often people review places they don't have a good time at. By the way the food isn't overpriced it is quality. What Indian restaurant serves brown rice options, vegan naan and mock meats?

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★★★★★

I am sorry to hear that someone had a bad experience at Cafe India. I have been going there for years. It has been in San Diego for 20 years and one of the first. Everyone who I have taken there has loved it. Sure the atmosphere isn't a rich fancy one but it is nonetheless positive. They promote yoga (teach super affordable classes weekly), all home made recipes ( cooked with soy oil and less fat in everything). In fact this family was one of the first Indian restaurants to serve mock meats in Indian food. The prices equate the quality...they are authentic. I am someone who cooks Indian and eats a lot of Indian and this cuisine isn't traditional oily over-creamed indian restaurant style food. It is as if you were sitting in an Indian friend's home. The family who owns it is sweet and will do what it takes to make you happy. After reading this other review I felt like I needed to respond because too often people review places they don't have a good time at. By the way the food isn't overpriced it is quality. What Indian restaurant serves brown rice options, vegan naan and mock meats?

Pros: Parking good, friendly service, healthy food

Cons: not fancy

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Upon dining at this establishment, I am left to wonder how it is rated 4 or 5 stars on other websites. Upon being seated, we were served one beverage and then served our "entree" with no one returning to check on us until the bill was to be paid. For $28, we received 2 beverages and 2 "entrees" which were smaller than the appetizers I've recieved elsewhere. One meal was ordered hot, and there wasn't a difference in taste between my "hot" and my partner's "medium". They didn't even serve naan as a complimentary appetizer to which I've grown accustomed in every other establishment I've frequented. If you're looking to over pay for extremely poor service, bland food, and leaving with the empty stomach with which you entered - this may be your place. There are so many better Indian restaurants with MUCH better service, MUCH better flavor, and portions with enough subtance to earn the term entree. I do not know anyone who is familiar with Indian cuisine who would applaud this establishment in any way. Cafe India is the worst of the ten or so Indian establishments I've visited in the US and if it is the best in San Diego, then I will have to go without. Needless to say, we will not be returning.

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★☆☆☆☆

Upon dining at this establishment, I am left to wonder how it is rated 4 or 5 stars on other websites. Upon being seated, we were served one beverage and then served our "entree" with no one returning to check on us until the bill was to be paid. For $28, we received 2 beverages and 2 "entrees" which were smaller than the appetizers I've recieved elsewhere. One meal was ordered hot, and there wasn't a difference in taste between my "hot" and my partner's "medium". They didn't even serve naan as a complimentary appetizer to which I've grown accustomed in every other establishment I've frequented. If you're looking to over pay for extremely poor service, bland food, and leaving with the empty stomach with which you entered - this may be your place. There are so many better Indian restaurants with MUCH better service, MUCH better flavor, and portions with enough subtance to earn the term entree. I do not know anyone who is familiar with Indian cuisine who would applaud this establishment in any way. Cafe India is the worst of the ten or so Indian establishments I've visited in the US and if it is the best in San Diego, then I will have to go without. Needless to say, we will not be returning.

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Very bad food. We went hoping for a decent dinner but both the naan's and the rice were uncooked. The rice used was the worst we have tasted in my 4 years of us living. Both me and my wife were unable to eat anything. We had a talk with the manager.She saw that we had not eaten anything. She listened patiently but instead of trying to recify the fault, she suggested we try the ala carte instead of the buffet next time. She even suggested that the quality of material used for the buffet was inferior as compared to the ala carte.

Definitely not recommended. Wish I could give 0 stars for this restuarant.

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★☆☆☆☆

Very bad food. We went hoping for a decent dinner but both the naan's and the rice were uncooked. The rice used was the worst we have tasted in my 4 years of us living. Both me and my wife were unable to eat anything. We had a talk with the manager.She saw that we had not eaten anything. She listened patiently but instead of trying to recify the fault, she suggested we try the ala carte instead of the buffet next time. She even suggested that the quality of material used for the buffet was inferior as compared to the ala carte.

Definitely not recommended. Wish I could give 0 stars for this restuarant.

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I was turned on to Cafe India by two of me vegetarian friends. I was not dissapointed. While we are not vegetarians, we enjoy the delicious veg. buffet and don't miss the meat. Staff is very friendly and will explain all the various dishes if you are a novice to Indian food. Easy parking.

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★★★★☆

I was turned on to Cafe India by two of me vegetarian friends. I was not dissapointed. While we are not vegetarians, we enjoy the delicious veg. buffet and don't miss the meat. Staff is very friendly and will explain all the various dishes if you are a novice to Indian food. Easy parking.

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This restaurant is located just a few blocks from the Sports Arena. They offer a regular menu but the wisest choice is their vegetarian buffet. The buffet features several appetizer and entree choices. If you prefer meat with your meal you can order a side of a chicken or lamb curry to supplement the buffet. The buffet also comes with a dessert, but I recommend asking about "the carrot thing" which is a surprising confection of shredded carrot, walnuts, honey and cardamom.

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★★★★☆

This restaurant is located just a few blocks from the Sports Arena. They offer a regular menu but the wisest choice is their vegetarian buffet. The buffet features several appetizer and entree choices. If you prefer meat with your meal you can order a side of a chicken or lamb curry to supplement the buffet. The buffet also comes with a dessert, but I recommend asking about "the carrot thing" which is a surprising confection of shredded carrot, walnuts, honey and cardamom.

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