Review by Susu
So there's not much that can be said about buffets. Yet, Indian restaurants around here offer a buffet on weekends. One price, all you can eat. Yeah, okay, not bland, but all the same and scary, right?
Maurya in Woodhaven, NY actually offers a buffet of items from the lists on their regular menu. The surprise is that the buffet food is of the same high quality as their à la carte fare. Food is made fresh (can take a long while, since it's all from scratch) and brought out when it depletes. A basket of freshly baked naan is brought to the table.
Maurya is the name of an Aryan dynasty in the 11th and 12th century who ruled over northern India, with Chandragupta Maurya being their most powerful king. They claim sophistication and tradition on their interpretation of classical Indian cuisine, as well as military might.
The owners of Maurya explained they wanted people to get to know them in a less imposing way than handing out menus full of exotic names. It works -- we were so impressed with their buffet that we come back for regular à la carte meals and takeout. Like many Indian restaurants, they also offer a 'tasting menu' of popular items, in vegetarian and non-vegetarian versions. Both versions have many dishes served in little silver serving cups (about 1/3 cup per item), arranged on a platter, and include soup to start. It doesn't look like a lot of food, but you will waddle on out of there!
The buffet retails for $9.95 per person for lunch, $15.95 for dinner, and is offered on weekends. They change some things slightly, but always offered are:
Of course, studying is all academic ... for sustenance and the best of the real thing, I plan to go to Maurya!
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