What: The lunch buffet
Where: Monsoon Indian Cuisine, 555 S. Sunrise Way, No. 107
How much: $8.99 Monday through Friday; $10.99 Saturday and Sunday
Contact info: 325-2700; www.monsoonindianrestaurant.com
Why: The variety of delicious flavors.
Buffets get a bad rap—and there are indeed bad buffets out there, featuring drying, congealing entrées dying a nasty death on steam tables, plus wilting lettuce and nasty sugar-bomb desserts.
I implore you: Don’t go to buffets like that, no matter how hungry you are. You can do better.
Instead, head to Monsoon Indian Cuisine. Every weekday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and every weekend from 11:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (when you’ll pay $2 more, for some mysterious reason), you’ll find a varying selection of about nine delicious entrées; some basic salad; lovely chutneys; and gulab jamun (think moist doughnut holes with the flavor of rosewater) and kheer (rice pudding) for dessert.
Then there’s the naan, which the folks at Monsoon bring to your table fresh and piping-hot from the kitchen. We especially recommend the garlic naan, garlic breath be damned.
On a recent visit, I loaded basmati rice on my plate, and topped that with chicken tikka masala (featuring a “creamy tomato-based gravy”); chicken curry; lamb meatballs; and a huge vegetable samosa. This big plate of food did not take long to finish off. (Hey, don’t judge. It tasted really excellent.)
If you’re more into the veggie side of things, no worries; beyond the samosas, the buffet often features tasty treats like palak paneer (a cheese, spinach and pea dish), aloo gobi (a cauliflower and potato entrée) and other non-meat offerings.
Even though all of these yummy entrées are offered on a buffet table, never fear: There’s very little drying, congealing or wilting happening at this lunch buffet.
And since it’s a buffet, it’s OK to go back for seconds. Or thirds, even, if one of the entrées fits your particular fancy. Just be sure to save room for the gulab jamun and the kheer.