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Trying India Garden’s authentic all-you-can-eat lunch buffet


It can be overwhelming walking down Fourth Street with all the authentic international cuisine options. If you want an international meal, but are unsure where to go, I encourage you to try India Garden Restaurant.  

India Garden Restaurant offers a lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every day besides Monday. For $14, you can indulge in endless Indian food. I stopped by this week for lunch and loved it! 

Plate number one 

On my first trip to the buffet, I put items on my dish that I was comfortable with. I occasionally eat Indian food, so I was able to spot my favorite Indian meals in the buffet. On my first go around, I got chicken tikka masala, chicken chili, naan and white rice.  

Chicken tikka masala is a traditional Indian dish that consists of roasted chicken covered in a rich and creamy tomato sauce. I thought the chicken tikka masala tasted great. The chicken was tender, and the sauce was heavy. Anyone who appreciates a thick sauce will enjoy this dish.  

While the establishment called this dish chicken chili, do not picture a thick soup. The chicken chili was grilled boneless chicken cubes simmered in a tomato sauce mixed with grilled onions and peppers. The slightly charred vegetables were crisp and tasty.  

While I will still review the naan and white rice, keep in mind that I will probably never complain about these two foods. The naan was hot, doughy and delicious, while the plain rice perfectly complimented the chicken dishes.  

After plate number one, I was ready to venture out and try Indian dishes I had never tried before.  

Plate number two 

As I re-entered the buffet line, I looked for new and exciting options.  On my second helping, I got chicken curry, vegetable pakora, saag chole, dal makhani and gulab jamun. 

Starting off with the chicken curry, it was quite delectable. I enjoyed the seasoning of the chicken and its light gravy glazing.  

Additionally, the vegetable pakora was a yummy surprise. I put a few fritters on my plate unsure of what would be inside. I took a big bite and enjoyed the fried delicacy.  

The saag chole and dal makhani were two traditional Indian dishes that I had never tried before.  Saag chole is a spinach and chickpea curry, and the dal makhani is a creamy lentil dish. I used my leftover naan and dipped the bread in both the stew and curry. I am glad I went out of my comfort zone and tried these two foods! 

Finally, I ended my lunch with dessert. Gulab jamun is an Indian donut formed from milk and dipped in sugar syrup. The donuts are extremely sweet and are a perfect way to end the meal. 

India Garden’s lunch buffet is a perfect opportunity to indulge in your favorite Indian meals or branch out and try new ones.

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