Ajanta Cuisine of India
12215 N. Pennsylvania
It’s always a good idea to get the buffet. That way, you can sample some of everything. If you decide to forgo all-you-can-eat gluttony, order from the tandoori section of the menu: marinated shrimp or lamb marinated in yogurt and spices.
3409 S. Broadway, Edmond
This newer buffet stop serves some of the best clay-pot naan in town. But that’s hardly the only thing Heritage has to offer. Try the chicken lollipop or goan lamb vindaloo, chunks of lamb served in a spicy curry sauce.
Taj Cuisine of India
1500 N.W. 23rd
At Taj, the buffet is all you could want and hope for in an Indian meal, from delicious kormas to mouth-watering paneers. Want something different? Try uthappam, a pancake-type dish with vegetables and served with sambar and chutneys.
Misal of India Bistro
580 Ed Noble Parkway, Norman
Misal’s buffet has kormas and biryanis, along with soups, naan and a few desserts. If you order off menu, try the beef achar, tender chunks of tenderloin in a spicy fenu-greek sauce, or its potato bhaji, a spicy blend of traditional seasonings and potatoes.
709 N. Moore, Moore
The lunch buffet always includes appetizers, fruits, soup, several rices and entrees. For the dinner buffet, expect an expanded offering, including four kinds of dessert. Order its chicken tikka masala or malai kofta, a traditional Indian dumpling with cheese and vegetables.
4900 N. May
Don’t pass on the chicken samosa — a pastry of sorts — or its subzi biryani, which is a rice-based dish with traditional seasonings and vegetables. For dessert, try the mango pudding with chunks of fresh mango and kheer badami, a rice-based dessert dish.
Gopuram Taste of India
4559 N.W. 23rd
The buffet is always the best option. After all, why choose between which masala you’d like or if you want to try the goat curry or beef kadai, sauteed beef, onions and bell peppers? And no one will bat a lash if you try all the desserts.
Photos by Shannon Cornman and Mark Hancock