I've only visited once for buffet lunch (and frankly don't know how I've missed this place for the last year and a bit it's been open on Robson St. in the former Thai House upstairs space, between Thurlowe and Bute in downtown Vancouver), but I'm ready to go out on a limb and give a hearty recommendation to this restaurant for the buffet at lunch or for any other time. I'm happy to see that they also have delivery and their own online ordering system on their website. My reasoning for this is that often the buffet is where things are more lacklustre in order to be able to offer unlimited quantities, but here, the buffet had tremendously flavourful dishes, a nice selection, and fresh tasting food. The buffet was well presented and fully refreshed.
The naan, which is best made to order, was brought to the table hot and fresh, with great texture, and was just fantastic. There was not any item that disappointed, and several were stand outs. I particularly enjoyed the tasty spicing on their tandoori chicken (which is a specialty of theirs), and the meat was tender and not dry. I was really impressed with the paneer saag (paneer cheese with pureed spinach) as it was bright in both colour and flavour and very different from the pukey green versions I've seen at other places that I avoid and that I feel are a disservice to spinach. I enjoyed the mixed vegetable dish which allowed the individual vegetables to still come through. I also noticed the lovely texture of the gulab jamun and flavour of the syrup (dessert, fried dough balls in a warm syrup) and think it's exceptional. I liked the potato dish too (but unfortunately can't remember the name of the dish, though everything was nicely labelled). There was a nice selection of items and I enjoyed it all, including the lamb curry, aloo gobi, chickpea curry, butter chicken (yes, a little on the sweet side, but the chicken is not overcooked and dried out like other places, so quite nice), vegetable pakoras, a few salads, rice, raita, chutneys, rice pudding, and another fried vegetable patty. I had a chai today, which was fine. When I come back, I'd like to try their samosas which weren't in the buffet today.
It should be noted that the lunch buffet ($13.99) is now offered only Monday to Friday (and I think that this might have actually been added to the sandwich board while I was dining today, because I was thinking how great it was that they were offering buffet on the weekend) but like I said, I would expect this high quality of food to be there for their regular a la carte menu also. The service was also excellent and friendly - very attentive, ice water glass refilled always, and very nice. The room is comfortable and bright with tall ceilings and skylights. I hope that the second floor location doesn't put people off too much. I was enamoured with two wooden carved camels that were on a shelf. It's a nice looking place but not fancy. When I asked about the restaurant, the server mentioned that they have experience with opening 22 other restaurants. I am hoping this place does well and stays around for a long time (which is difficult on this street). It was fairly quiet today, but there were other tables. Their Yelp reviews are great and their sandwich board on the sidewalk is eye-catching (I certainly would have given it a shot just passing by, as a place to replenish and recover from shopping). I got a bit excited today and came away pretty stuffed even though I was trying to be very careful by eating small bites very slowly. But I was in surveying mode, and wanted to try everything. For me, it would be worth coming back even just for the tandoori. Save room for a little gulab jamun if you like that sort of thing.