By Todd Barron @ FoodieCuisine.com
The buffet hearkens to me, reaching deep into my soul with it’s siren call of indulgence and near-limitless food. There it is, in all it’s glory with multiple steam-trays filled with tasty goodness. Chicken, beef, shrimp, rice, and even dessert beckon me! Alas, I broke the shackles of heft several years ago and posses self control now. Still, it is hard to resist the song, how sweet it is.
Taj Mahal in Little Rock offers up a Indian Buffet for lunch in Little Rock and brings to the proverbial table the usual fare of Chicken Tikka Masala, Saag Paneer, Chicken Curry, Vegetable Korma, and other American-Indian favorites. They also serve dinner but I have yet to try it.
The buffet is well stocked with warm food and looks appetizing. I scoop up a small portion of the various offerings and covet my bounty back to the table. The Chicken Curry is very flavorful, with a silky texture, and has deep Indian spices.
The Chicken Tikka Masala tastes better at Star of India but has the usual flavors you would expect from the red chicken. It has a tad too much vinegar but works. The Saag Paneer must be from a can, from a chest which has been lost in the desert for twenty years, because the cheese tastes of plastic and the spinach is inedible. I don’t know what they did to make it, but they need to burn the recipe and never unearth it again. I think a firing squad is in order.
The Naan, or bread for those non-Indian diners out there, looks pleasant with a billowy appearance. Unfortunately it tastes too much of flour. It looks great but does not deliver in the flavor department. The Kheer, or rice pudding, has bits of pistachio in it and is sweet yet not too sweet. I really like it for the end of meal dessert.
Lunch : 11 am-2.30 pm
Dinner : 5 pm-10 pm