I don't usually “review” restaurants, it's not really my thing even though I definitely like to visit them on a regular occasion.
But last night I had my camera, I had the lighting (rare, oh-so rare to find when most places are dimly lit, I don't even bother) and the food was amazing.
Food photos in restaurants are nearly impossible. I ate a fantastic bison burger at the Blue Plate Diner a week ago, yet it was so dimly lit in there that a picture was impossible.
So I was glad to be seated by a window that had the drapes open and some natural light coming through. The decor is very traditional, sweeping drapes, dimly lit tables with a few art pieces scattered throughout. The kids love the booths with drapes, and I like the privacy they give us.
The location we visited was the Clareview one at 320 Manning Crossing.
As usual we had their buffet, which provides an excellent sampling of some of their most popular dishes.
The tandoori chicken last night was amazingly tender, moist and had just the right hint of hot to it. My son the “vegetarian” actually ate some of it, the flavor was so excellent.
The chili chicken, a relatively new dish to their buffet, was spicy and sweet, perfectly cooked and something my husband had half a plate of. No word of a lie, that is his favorite dish.
The vegetable korma is always my favorite, which they do in a lightly curried, gingery cream sauce with a delicious assortment of vegetables
I love that they had started bringing baskets of hot, fresh naan bread right to your table, even though you can help yourself at the buffet. It's a small but appreciated service, since my daughter eats nothing spicy and pretty much eats naan bread and plain rice, possibly some fruit as well.
The dessert choices were the same as most places, I really enjoy the Kheer (rice pudding) but find it lacks in the pistachios that other restaurants include.
The Gulab Jamun (sweet dumplings in a sugar sauce) were fresh and tasty and the kids always love the Jalebis (deep fried sweets that are later soaked in sugar sauce as well).
The only thing missing in their buffet is an excellent vegetable biryani which is a nice touch for vegetarians but also something I adore.
All in all it was a great visit, and I felt I had to blog about it because both Mike and I kept commenting to each other how fantastic the food was, every few bites. So whatever they did last night, or whomever they had in the back cooking, keep it up!