don't park here unless you are going to amol or habanero. NO PARKING for ambar.
hungry pharmacy students enter via the back door. there is a vague odor of something unpleasant (urine?), but it quickly passes.
steaming indian buffet awaits
matt heaps spoonfuls of indian delights on plate #1
i load up my plate with round one. onion nan! today is a fabulous buffet day.
the problem with indian buffet becomes quickly apparent: no individualized spice levels. everything is prepared level 1. after sampling a number of dishes, chicken vindaloo emerges as the winner, despite mysteriously shaped chicken pieces. the vindaloo has a little more flavorful spice to it than the others. the saag paneer, usually a great favorite (um, ok, one of the greatest foods ever), is a disappointment when compared to ambar's offering next door.
on to dessert. some of everything, of course. the yellow is a custard with nuts, kind of a vanilla pudding without the sweetness. in the white is kheer. think tapioca with a light, refreshing taste (possibly cardamom?). the fried spirals of dough coated in crispy sugar are delicious javeli. (i am not sure where this name comes from; when i google it, a weapon used for hunting in portugal comes up most frequently.)
a trio of desserts
$30 (including tip) for three grossly full stomachs is not unreasonable. overall, the students are satisfied with their meal. perhaps a nap is in order rather than more studying. only time will tell.
three well-fed and happy students, eager to get back to not studying