Restaurant: Little India Restaurant
Location: Entertainment District
Address: 255 Queen St W
Price Range: $10-15
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent
- Specialize in Indian food
- Daily Lunch Buffet for $11.95
- Buffet hour from 11:30am - 3:30pm
- Open 7 days a week
- Vegetarian Option Avail
- Extra seating upstairs
- Regular menu avail for Dinner
Little India is a well known and often rated/reviewed about Indian Restaurant located in the Entertainment District. They've won many awards and have been featured in various magazine. Does this always mean it's delicious? we will find out.
When you first walk in, you will see a narrow staircase leading you to the 2nd floor. Don't go up there unless the waiter tells you to! Just make a quick left and you can be seated on the 1st floor if there aren't that many people.
Cool frame in the 'waiting area'...just as a note, they don't really have a waiting area, so unless you are the first 2~3 waiting, you will most likely have to wait outside.
I went around 12:30PM and waited for about 10 minute or so.
If you are seated, you are ready to go! The buffet table isn't that big but you get so much variety of Indian curry/dishes anyways.
Starting from the far right, this is some kind of Chicken in red sauce. I tried a piece of this thinking it was Tandoori chicken (so not the case) and it wasn't very good. The skin was so soft it felt mushy as if it was soaked in water.
These are the Indian condiments that you can eat with your curry, rice and nann bread. Personally I liked the sweet jam like sauce on the bottom right with my nann bread and the cubed carrot pieces that was kind of like pickled radish.
Moving down the table, it is a dessert/salad section. I didn't really try any of the salad but I did overheard this guy telling his friend to try to yogurt with the rice (and he looked like he knew indian food), so I did and it was delicious :)
Now on the their main dishes starting with rice. There is the regular white rice and the red rice. I liked the pulao rice but to be honest they both tasted to the same to me. The red deep fried dish at the right corner is Onion Bhajia and it's basically deep fried sweet onion- this was delicious!
These are the different types of curry they have. From these, I tried several but enjoyed the Butter Chicken and Shrimp Curry the most. It might be because I am a little more familiar with them but I am just getting used to Indian food.
Butter Chicken 3/5
This had big chicken pieces in it and it was very creamy, perfect to eat with rice or dip the nann breads in. The curry was a little too sweet for my likings and what I am originally used to, but I guess it's their way of making it more westernized.
Shrimp Curry 3/5
This was also good, it's more of a brownish color and has little shrimps in it (if you can find it). This curry has much more complex flavor compared to the Butter Chicken and it's a much spicier.
Nann Bread 2/5
This was just average, some pieces were too burnt and thin but some pieces were alright. It was overall kind of dry but you can balance it out by dipping it in the curry sauce.
Chicken Pakora 4/5
This was something I tried for the first time and I really enjoyed it. It's basically depp fried chicken with red batter and it reminded me of Korean/Chinese chicken dishes. I think there is seasoning in the batter which made it tasty even without any sauce.
Palak Paneer 3/5
This was a another thing I tried for the first time. It's a dish made with mashed spinach and cottage cheese. It looks like dark green slime and doesn't look very appetizing but it was mild and creamy, almost reminding me of creamy spinach you get at steak places. This was good with rice.
For dessert I tried the rice pudding and the deep-fried dough. I completely forgot what it's called but it's round and dunked in this gooey syrup. I first thought they were apples but now that I look at it again, WHY?! HOW?! Anyways, rice pudding was just average and this deep fried dough thing was delish! It does get a little too sweet near the end so keep that in mind.
They also have icecream which I did not even go near because I was so full from eating other stuff.
The bill came to $42.49 for 3 people (including 1 pop)
Service was excellent at Little India. I found it a little odd how everyone that was working there are mid-aged Indian men but they were quick to take away our dirty dishes and constantly refilling our water. That's the best service you can get at a Buffet.
Summary: I can't say I know basics of Indian food but for what it's worth, I liked how I can try variety of Indian dishes that I was too afraid to order off of a regular menu. Yes I know it's prob westernized and not 'authentic', but if I am craving butter chicken? I am def going back.