Vindu Indian Cuisine: A Lunch Buffet Rumination
I try to avoid Indian buffets because they wreak a mild ruckus in my stomach. To be fair, blame can’t be attributed entirely to the Indian food, which I absolutely love. Most of the onus falls on my shoulders; I just eat too damn much when I go to these buffets.
What sets Vindu Indian Cuisine’s lunch buffet apart from the rest is its wide selection. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen such a large and colorful display of food anywhere else. The food, while a bit on the salty side, seemed fresher than other Indian buffets I’ve frequented.
On my first trip to the buffet line, I scooped up some Chicken Tika Masala (chicken in a creamy curry sauce), Chana Masala Curry (chick peas in a tomato-based, spicy curry sauce), Palak Paneer (cubes of cheese in creamy spinach) , Lemon Rice, and fried vegetable patties. Far from being an exhaustive sampling of buffet items, it certainly filled my plate. Most items were prepared medium spicy, Indian medium spicy to be exact, which is pretty darn hot to most American palettes.
I believe it was the manager who came by with the Naan (Indian bread) and said he’d recognized me from before. “Mistaken identity,” I thought; this is my first trip to Vindu.
Everything was delicious, and while I could have sampled more of Vindu’s savory dishes, I resolved not to let my stomach get the upper hand this time. Instead, I went straight to the dessert line.
The desserts served as excellent counterpoints to the spicy entrees. What really hit the spot for me was the Mango Custard Fruit Salad. The Gulab Jamun (Indian donut-like pastry dipped in syrup) and Kheer (rice pudding) were also very good.
The manager came by again and suggested that he recognized me as a patron of one of his other restaurants, Pasand, in Richardson — impressive memory considering I’ve only been there a couple of times. Though they may be sister restaurants, my preference goes to Vindu; it seems fresher and the restaurant’s interior is more pleasant.
I left Vindu satisfied and proud that I controlled my appetite. I still ate too much, though. It’s an Indian buffet after all, and I could feel a storm brewing in my stomach. My poor wife.
Vindu Indian Cuisine is located at 4701 Frankford Rd, Suite 237, Dallas TX 75287. Their lunch buffet costs $8.99 and is served seven days a week. For more information, visit http://www.vindudallas.com.