Candice: Um, The Taj Mahal.
Paul: That sounds like... Indian food.
Candice: It is.
Paul: I remember when you wouldn't even consider Indian food! Now we've done reviews of 3 Indian restaurants in the last 2 months: Amul India, Aab India, and now Taj Mahal.
Candice: Tastes can change, can't they?
Paul: I can't argue with that. Taj Mahal it is. Where is it located?
Candice: On High Street just north of Ohio State's campus. I've been there for dinner but not for lunch.
Paul: Parking is a little tough because of the one-way streets. High Street can be busy, but we find a place to park nearby.
Candice: The restaurant is situated in a remodeled house. It doesn't seem like a restaurant at all.
Paul: The inside is dimly lit.
Candice: That's because you just came in from the sunny outside.
Paul: We're led past an elegant dining room to the rear of the restaurant. In the back room is the buffet and about 10 tables.
Buffet View #1
Paul: Shall we have the buffet?
Candice: We shall!
Buffet View #2
Candice: We are told that the Keema Lamb is a special today. It's minced lamb in peas and spices.
Paul: I also see my favorite Chicken Makhni, also known as butter chicken, Mali Kofta, Tandoori Chicken, Naan, and Souji Halwa, as dessert.
Candice: There's an array of chutneys and spices at the end.
Paul: For my first plate, I try the Chicken Makhni, Dal Makhni, Mali Kofta, and of course a piece of Naan.
Paul's Plate #1
Paul: Can you get more on your plate?
Candice: Yes, yes I could, but this is a buffet and I can go up as many times as I like.
Paul: Point taken. Mmmm. This Chicken Mahkini is spicy, but oh so flavorful. It's very good.
Candice's Plate #1
Paul: I will have to try Keema Lamb. I'm not a lamb fan either. The Mali Kofta is even more spicy than the chicken. But the texture of the veggies is wonderful. I'm gonna need more water, but in a good way.
Candice: The Naan is crispy at the edge and soft in the middle. Seldom do we see a truly differentiated Naan, but this is very good.
Paul: Time for plate #2. Dal Makhni for me, and I'll try the Mali Kofta and the Keema Lamb.
Paul's Plate #2
Paul: The lamb is mild compared to the other spicy dishes. It tastes like a ground turkey, but a little more pungent. I like it more than I guessed I would.
Candice: On my second plate I get more peas and cabbage, more Dal Makhni, more Keema Lamb, and more mint chutney.
Candice's Plate #2
Paul: Oh, okay, one more plate.
Candice: This mint chutney is fabulous. And the peas and cabbage is great comfort food. The Mali Kofta has the best sauce of all of the dishes.
Paul: Plate #3 is just for my favorites: Chicken Makhni and Dal Makhni.
Paul's Plate #3
Paul: What about the dessert?
Candice: Did you just say 'dessert'?
Paul: You know I did.
Candice: Fine, I'll try it. One bowl of the Souji Halwa, please.
Candice: It's so refreshing. Savory, sour, and sweet in the perfect combination.
Paul: Ah, that was good. Roll me back to the office.
Candice: You can roll yourself.
Paul: So, overall what do you think?
Candice: Overall, a great Indian buffet, with some dishes we haven't seen before. The flavors were complex and well-done. And even when the room was filled, there was no wait at the buffet. It's a win all around.
Paul: Yep, the $10 price tag makes this a value. Worth the price, worth the wait, and worth coming back, just not next time.
Candice: What? You're tired of Indian food?
Paul: A little.
Candice: I promise we'll do another cuisine next time. Maybe Southern Indian.
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