On its website, The Flavor of India lunch buffet is described as a “roller coaster in your mouth.” Now, that can leave a person a little apprehensive to try at first, but you leave with a full stomach and pleased with the adventure you just took.

Being a person who has only tried a few Indian dishes, and has always been hesitant to drift outside of my comfort zone and try something new, a buffet is a perfect way to get past those fears with Indian food.

After two visits to the Flavor of India, I can say the hesitation is gone, and I look forward to more opportunities to try the variety of dishes Flavor of India has to offer.

The first visit was earlier this month as part of the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Several chamber members commented on how they attended this month’s luncheon for the chance to try the lunch buffet. And, based on commentary from the table, few were disappointed, and were more than happy to return to the buffet line for seconds.

My second trip to the Flavor of India came a couple weeks later on President’s Day. Taking my husband, who is a big Indian food fan, was the real test, and judging by his comments, we will be happy to return for more visits.

In both of my trips, the lunch buffet had fantastic lamb meatballs in a curry sauce. My second favorite came in the second trip where they served a chicken dish. The Chicken Tikka Masala is boneless chicken dipped in a tomato cream sauce. The chicken is tender, and the sauce was seasoned well.

The only complaint we had, is that some of the food in the buffet needed more spice. However, we understand the buffet has to serve all. The waiter was more than happy to bring some spices to the table. If you are dining at Flavor of India for dinner, the waiter said all dishes are made to taste, and can be as hot as you want them to be.

To go along with three to four main-dishes selections in the buffet, there are also plenty of side dishes.  There are two that deserved a second trip in line. We loved the samosas; hand wrapped stuffed pastry shells, with potatoes and peas.

Once at the table, you have your selections of tandoori, curry and dishes with a rich tomato sauce, you begin eating and the waiter brings what I consider one of the best parts of Indian dining – that’s right, the naan. With a choice between plain and garlic naan, you get the final touch to an already pleasant dining experience.

A pleasant atmosphere from the tables, the view of the Catalina’s and good service enhances the experience.

When you can take a break from work to have an affordable, tasty lunch in such a comfortable atmosphere, it definitely gave another good reason to return.

While Flavor of India provides a lunch buffet seven days a week between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., they also offer a great dinner selection between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The extensive menu ranges between lamb, chicken, seafood and vegetarian. Parts of the menu are also gluten free.

Flavor Of India

12112 North Rancho Vistoso Boulevard, Oro Valley

Rating: ★★★

Offering Lunch buffet and dinner menu

Recommended Dishes:  

Lamb meatballs, Chicken Tikka Masala and potato and peas samosas

Price Range: Lunch: $10.95

Dinner: $10.95-$12.95

What the stars mean: Ratings range from zero to four stars and reflect the reviewer’s response to the food, ambience, and service. Prices are taken into consideration.

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