1214 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910739.948919 -75.161266
Monday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Center City East, Center City
Must have changed in the past year – Apparently this was a pure vegetarian restaurant in August 2008, according to the other review here. When we went in September 2009, there were a number of meat dishes. That may or may not be a disadvantage for you._________
There was a sign on the buffet asking people not to waste food by taking more than they want to eat. The sign is necessary, because some of the food is pretty inedible._________
The tandoori chicken was fine, and I especially liked the roasted red bell peppers, which I don't usually find served with that dish at other restaurants. My companion doesn't eat meat, so that didn't do him any good._________
The vegetables makhani tasted like it was made with canned vegetables and canned tomato sauce; it had an unpleasant sweet taste. _________
The pakora (vegetable fritters) were crisp and tasty. The samosas tasted ok, but they did not have a flaky crust and had clearly been under the warming lights a long time. (We came at 7:30 pm on a Saturday night, not a particularly late time to visit an Indian restaurant, though there were few other people in the restaurant.)_________
The imli chutney (tamarind chutney) and coriander chutney were so watery we didn't even bother trying them. The imli chutney looked like broth, in fact. The onion chutney was ok._________
The desserts included in the buffet were gulab jamuns (which tasted like Dunkin Munchkins in thin, tasteless syrup), kheer (rice pudding, which had an unpleasant, overcooked pastiness), and carrot halwa (which we didn't sample)._________
The mango lassi (not included in the buffet) was as good as I've had anywhere, though._________
The decor says "take out joint." You can walk in, grab a plate and go straight to the buffet, you can get take out Indian food, or you can get ice cream from what looked like a decent assortment of flavors at the front counter._________
In general, this restaurant does well with things that are good quality when available canned or frozen. If you live in the neighborhood and want a quick meal for not much money, this would be okay for you. If you're coming from a show and want a dessert, the mango lassi will be a nice night cap. But if you passed several other Indian restaurants to sample one you were told was pure vegetarian, as we did, you will be disappointed. The vegetarian food is much better at New Delhi at 40th and Chestnut or at Karma on Chestnut near Front St.
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