Monday, March 2, 2009

Cruising for an Indian Buffet

I really wish I had the fortitude to post every day like Alexa et al... I'll have to work on that.

Jeff and I are heading to Washington DC in about a week. We're going to be tourists and then hit up Columbus for a St. Patty's Day party his parents throw every year. Sometime before we go, I'm actually going to get furniture! I'm thinking of throwing a little foodie party when I have places for people to sit. I've lived in Cleveland for six months and I have no living room furnishings.

Onto the food...

I've had some fantastic Indian food in Cleveland at Cafe Tandoor, and have found numerous Lebanese restaurants that are also pretty amazing. While Cafe Tandoor is quite nice, I have been missing a little Indian buffet in Columbus called Taj Mahal. You could go on the weekends and eat some pretty damn amazing Indian food for$7.99.

Until now.

Oh. My. God. Becky...
*clears throat*
No, seriously. I had found a small ad for a place in Lakewood called India Garden. They advertised a lunch buffet for $8.99, so I mentioned it to Jeff. We love visiting Lakewood restaurants (Angelo's Pizza, Melt...) and thought we'd give it a try. When I sat down with a plate of naan, a samosa, and some amazing chicken curry - I looked at Jeff and said "I think we've found our Cleveland Taj". Do not pass up this little restaurant. We waited for about 5-10 minutes to get a table because they were packed. There was a wait for a short time after that because people just kept coming in.

The staff is friendly and very willing to answer any questions about the food. Jeff and I loved this place and are planning to head back very soon.

They include Mango Lassi (a yogurt drink) with the buffet, too. The kheer is the best that I've had (outside of my own, which is crazy...I know).


SicklyBug and Cassaendra said...


I just stumbled here when I was looking up "Horlicks malt tablets Cleveland" since I wanted to know where to buy these things that I suddenly miss from the cobwebs of my childhood.

Thanks for the heads up on India Garden in Lakewood. My husband and I have to check that place out -- we've been going to India's Cafe in Parma on Ridge Rd. Their buffet is $8.99 during lunch on the weekends, and I LOVE their mango lassi. The meal prices are pretty good too w/ great portions that I always end up taking home as leftovers. My favorite dish is their goat curry.

Btw, this is creepy. NCIS is my favorite tv show...hated that it was a rerun last night.

Cara said...

NCIS and House are my favorites.

Yes, you should definitely check out that place in Lakewood.

I'm not sure about the entrees, I'm sure they're just as good. We'll have to check out India's Cafe in Parma sometime!!

(I am now craving a samosa!)

Cara said...

As for the Horlick's, I got them online - Well a friend did. I'm really sad I ate them all. :(

SicklyBug and Cassaendra said...

I just looked at the pictures of India Garden. It's a pretty restaurant. India's Cafe isn't quite as...decorated. I think most of their cooking goes toward catering and definitely take-out. I just don't want you to be startled when you walk in. The food is still good. :)