Lynnwood >Food & Dining > Cafe India
19817 44th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA | Directions 9803647.818467 -122.291960
Bland – I'd heard good things about the lunch buffet, but dinner was disappointing. We had the Navratan Korma & a Paneer Tikka dish. Unfortunately, the food was so bland it tasted like NO spice, even though we'd asked for hot & medium-hot. It was bland in taste as well as spice level. The Paneer Tikka was better than the Korma. The samosas were OK, but overfried to the point of being very dark and crunchy. Aloo Naan was alright, but again, pretty bland.
They did offer a lot of vegetarian options, which is nice, but that's true of most any Indian restaurant.
Honestly, I've had better Indian food out of a Trader Joe's bottle, so I was very disappointed -- I don't say that to be snarky, I'm just really amazed at how nondescript this food was.
I'd read good reviews, so I was surprised; our meal was very poor. I'm giving 2 stars instead of 1 ONLY because the people were very nice and the service was pretty good. Food rates 1 star.
>>>> I'd recommend Bombay Grill in the U. District for great food and ambiance, although they've gotten pricier the past year or two. Also in the U.District, Taste of India is very good, and cheaper with bigger portions than the BG.<<<<
I'd definitely drive to the U.District rather than spend money at Cafe India again, even though I live in Lynnwood. Too bad ... I was hoping for more.
If there's better Indian food in the Seattle area, I have yet to find it! – Mmm! I LOVE Cafe India.
The food is always excellent. I am a vegetarian and it it wonderful to see so many options on the buffet that I can eat. And the price is SO right! $7.95 for a lunch buffet! Sadly the buffet is only during lunch, and I'm always working during lunch. But that doesn't keep me from stopping in for dinner.
I've tried almost all of the veg entrees and each one had it's own distinct flavor. I've been to some places where every dish just seems like a dif vegetable in the same curry sauce. Certainly not the case with Cafe India.
I love the staff there, too. There usually seems to be the same man and woman working, and they are super friendly, and they are happy to answer any questions you may have.
I make sure to stop into this restaurant every time I'm in Lynnwood even if just for take out. Left overs the next day are just as good as fresh from the kitchen.
I love this place! – As far as having a great selection, this place has it. I have eaten with as many as 8 other folks - and we all love this place! The price is a steal, and the food is worth the drive, which says a lot when gas is over $4.35 a gallon. The service has always been good - my family & friends have eaten here more than 10 times. The hardest part is getting someone on the phone (they are now in my cellphone)... On the way home from Canada, I had the thought of stopping for an early dinner on a Sunday - they just closed after lunch and it was over an hour wait for dinner (I didn't call ahead).
Good Buffet, Great Price – At $6.95 per person, you can't go wrong with this buffet. I'm Indian and have quite a discriminating palate when it comes to Indian cuisine. The buffet here ranges from excellent to good depending on who is cooking. The atmosphere is pleasant and the service is good. It's the best Indian restaurant north of Seattle.
Great Food, Great Price, Kid Freindly – The buffet is only $6.95 and the food is great. Ever been to an indian food restaurant and feel like your at the library. who wants to eat and feel uncomfortable, well this isnt the place. the atmosphere is talkative and freindly. Kids are always welcome and the staff accomodates well. the food in this restaurant is excellent for buffett style and i feel one of the better buffets in the seattle area. I highly reccomend you visit this establishment and see for yourself.
Don't Waste Your Time – Cafe India has a big sign on their window that brags about having a 22 item lunch. It's nothing to brag about when 1/5 of those items include sauces and salad dressings. The buffet cost $8.95 per person which is about what you can expect to pay for most indian buffets. I can tell you for that same price, I've been to waaaay better! Most of the items fall well below the acceptance scale in authtenicity and flavor. Of the 22 items, 2 were meat/chicken dishes. I was not impressed. The service was atrocious. We were seated without napkins and when I asked for one, the busgirl became obnoxious and made a POINT of not bringing it. Poor customer service, and poor quality food are not what I look for when dining out. I give Cafe India, a big thumbs down.
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