India Buffet Fremont

India Buffet
5168 Mowry Ave
(bet Farrel Dr & Blacow Rd)
Fremont, CA 94538

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India Buffet Fremont Review: Not Too Pleased

On a recent rainy night, we were driving down Mowry Ave in Fremont and felt the urge to eat something hot and spicy.

Hey, what can be better than our Indian food.

Our choice for the evening was India Buffet in Fremont.

Buffet Restaurant

As its name suggests, India Buffet primarily serves lunch and dinner buffet.

Dinner Buffet is $8.99 for adult and $4.99 for children.

India Buffet Ambiance

The restaurant was relatively empty when we walked in.

It was clean and the entrance was presentable and nice.

india buffet fremont ambiance
India Buffet Dining Hall
The inside decor was also pleasant.

Pay Before You Gobble

Unlike at most Indian restaurants, at India Buffet you have to pay up before you eat, right at the entrance.

India Buffet accepts Visa and Mastercard but not American Express.

Dinner Buffet

Dinner Buffet on the day of our visit included two vegetarian stalls and one stall each for non-vegetarian items, Chutneys and salads, and Raita and desserts.

Vegetarian stalls featured Pakoras, Gujarati Kichidi, Idli, Plain Rice, Vegetable Biryani, Dal Makhani, Paneer Makhanwala and Aloo Gobi.

Andhra Chicken, Chicken Kabobs and Chicken Biryani were part of the non-vegetarian stall.

Chutney and salad bar included three chutneys and Carrot, Lettuce, Onion and Tomato salad items.

Boondi Raita and Kheer were found at the desserts stall.

Chaat, Dosa and Naan Corners

Besides the buffet meal stalls, there was a Chaat station, Dosa corner and Naan bread counter.

Each had a person to prepare the choice of your items fresh.

Chaat station included Pani Puri, Sev Puri, Bhel Puri, Hara Bhara Bhel, Dahi Papdi Chaat and so on.

You could order 8-9 items from a list of available chaats.

Similarly you could order any of the 5-6 Dosas available or a couple of Uttapams from the Dosa Corner.

Plain, Masala, Onion and Rava Sada Dosa and Plain, Onion, Veg and Tomato with Peas Uttapams were available on the day of our visit.

Naan counter included plain Naan bread and there was a person preparing and handing it out fresh from the oven.

All of the buffet items and Chaat, Dosa and Naan were included in the price of the dinner buffet which is $8.99 per person.

India Buffet Vegetarian Food

Here's my take on the various items I tasted, starting with appetizers:

India Buffet Chicken



Plates near the buffet stalls were clean.

Our used plates were removed promptly. I also liked the fact that you don't need to carry your original plate and could take a new clean plate for follow-on visits to the buffet stalls.

While there was sufficient food in most buffet vessels, Andhra Chicken and Idlis were not refilled fast enough. Andhra Chicken got over quickly and twice I felt it should have been refilled faster.

India Buffet Rating

I would give a rating of 2.5 out of 5 for this restaurant.

While I enjoyed the hot and crisp Pakoras, overall the food items in two vegetarian and one non-vegetarian buffet stalls were warm to lukewarm in temperature.

Andhra Chicken, Sambar, Chicken Kabobs, Paneer Makhani, Gujarati Khichdi were all just warm or lukewarm.

Also, Andhra Chicken and Idlis were not refilled fast enough.

Vegetable and Chicken Biryani lacked the spicy, aromatic flavor of a biryani rice item and the Chaats were no great shakes.

Yet another irritating aspect was non-acceptance of American Express for payments.

On the whole, I was not too thrilled with my meal at India Buffet. - ©

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