Samraat

388 Bloor Street East
(416) 323- 9409

Located right in the Annex near another Indian restaurant (Natraraj) this North Indian buffet did not stike me as being a fabulous Indian buffet. Sure, the food was good and reasonably fresh for a buffet. Prices were a bit high ($12.95 for a dinner buffet, $7.95 for a lunch buffet) and it includes many meat and veggie dishes with Naan bread, pappadum, but no dessert. A friend told me “When you’ve been to one Indian buffet, you’ve been to them all.” For the most part I would agree. This one was good but nothing special.

I always have the same Indian dishes. You can be sure that aloo gobi (potatoes and cauliflower), Tandoori Chicken, Butter Chicken, Channa (curried chick peas), Daal (curried lentils), and a vegetable curry made with peas and carrots will always be there. This time I had the channa, daal, aloo gobi, vegetable curry, and one of my favourites, Matter Paneer (Spinach with Indian cheese). Indian cheese tastes like tofu squares, chewy, and mild in flavour.

My dining companion said that his lamb curry was good, soft, and the gravy was tasty. He also enjoyed the rice too. Food was fresh and they do have a regular menu with many traditional Indian favourites (Mulligatawny Soup, Pappadum, Raita, Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Tikka, Chicken Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken, Bharta, Vegetable Curry, Channa, Aloo Gobi, Paneer Makani, various seafood curries (Goan Fish, Shrimp Curries), Tandoori breads, Lamb, Goat, and Beef Curries (Goat Curry, Lamb Curry, Rojan Josh, Beef Vindaloo, Karahi Lamb), and Rice Dishes. Serves many Indian desserts and traditional Indian-spiced tea. Free delivery within Annex and South Annex neighbourhoods. Accepts all cards.

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