I have a soft spot in my heart for Indian food. One of my absolute best friends for over half of my life is Indian, and ever since I met her in the halls of Eastlake Middle School, I've been a fan of Indian food. (I had so many Indian friends in high school, I was called an honorary Indian. I take that as a compliment.)
If you're not familiar with Indian food, I'm sorry for your loss. Indian food offers up everything from flavorful rice to deep fried vegetables. I honestly think that since many Americans are all about spicy wings, they'd be just as jazzed up about spicy Indian food. But I digress...
Just about as soon as I was able to drive, my friends and I used to go to Saffron Patch. While many of my other friends may have been out drinking and doing bad things on Friday and Saturday nights, I was enjoying fine ethnic cuisine. And I wouldn't have had it any other way. Over the years, my love affair with Saffron Patch faded as I discovered other Indian restaurants around town. (why hello, Taj India palace in Richmond Heights) But I still have a soft spot for it in my heart.
I met up with a friend at Saffron Patch this past Monday for dinner and was pleased to learn that they feature a vegetarian dinner buffet. (I was also please to see that the restaurant looked just about the same as it did the last time I was there, about 6 years ago.) Although my favorite Indian dish is muttar paneer, a nice gluttonous mix of cheese cubes, curry sauce, and peas, I can never pass up an all vegetarian buffet. So I loaded up my plate.
This definitely wasn't the best Indian food I've ever had, but it wasn't the worst. I enjoyed the various entrees I tried, but nothing wowed me. But that happens sometimes with buffets. I frequent an Indian restaurant near my house for lunch, and some days I like the buffet offerings and some days I don't. But for a mere $14.95 for dinner, you can't beat the amount of food you can get from this nice vegetarian buffet. And it's a great way to try new types of Indian food that you might not try otherwise.
Do you like Indian food? Or more specifically, Indian buffets?