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Food & Drink > Indian Harbor Restaurant--a Review

Indian Harbor Restaurant--a Review

I went into the restaurant for lunch knowing little of Indian food except curries and I left knowing even less. Reading a couple of reviews here, and on a local site, I thought ordering the buffet would give me a selection of different tastes. It did but I have no idea what I tasted.


There were three people working in the dining room. I am not sure what the 'titles' of the young man and woman were but I'll guess the female was the server and the male was the busboy though the busboy did most of the serving.. After waiting for awhile we finally sat ourselves and I stopped what looked like the owner--turned out to be the manager--to ask him about the buffet. He said it was $13 (and, I thought, it included a soft drink) and that was the end of the discussion.


Nothing further was explained about the buffet and it wasn't until later when I asked about dessert I found out that the first thing I had tasted was a round ball of something so sweet I couldn't eat it which was the dessert on the buffet. There were about 8 different hot dishes and I recognized the rice and next to it was a combination of spinach and mushrooms. The rest of the dishes, though having Indian names and one saying vegan, are still a mystery to me. There was a chicken dish in a heavy sauce and I think a tofu dish. By the way the hot dishes weren't hot.


I wish I had written the names of the dishes down so that when I got home I could look them up. Oh yes, I know we had chicken tandorri or at least I think we did, from a review I had read but it tasted more like dried out meat. I did take pictures of the dishes I ate and tried to match them to the pictures the restaurant has on their web site but I didn't do too good a job.


The place had a nautical theme, nothing Indian looking about it. The restaurant looked clean and sleek with butcher sheets on top of white tablecloths and linen napkins. Service was good in the realm of removing used dishes and refilling the water glasses.

I had a diet cola ($2)  and Anthony had a Masala Chai, which he liked, so for the 2 lunch buffets ($13 each) , drinks and tax our lunch check came to $33. 92 plus a tip.



I guess I will have to go to another Indian restaurant to find out more about Indian food but I won't be going back to the Indian Harbor.

posted on July 19, 2017 8:52 AM ()


We have a lot of Mexican restaurants around here, so know a thing or two about heat from chilies, but the first time we went to an Indian restaurant we discovered a whole new realm of heat. It was different from Mexican type, and hotter than we could have imagined. The only way to cool it down was with the little tiny bit of yogurt sauce they provide. So we don't usually seek out that type of restaurant. There is a Nepalese buffet near here - Mt. Everest Cafe, owned by Sherpas - and it's quite a bit like what you describe. Not much spicy heat, lots of sloppy looking stews, but we like it for a change of pace. I can see why you wanted to know what you were having, in case some day you are at a place where you'd order off the menu, would want something you knew you liked.
comment by troutbend on July 20, 2017 12:08 PM ()
We have Mexican restaurants on every street--almost as many as Italian restaurants!!
reply by greatmartin on July 20, 2017 1:53 PM ()
It's probably Americanized like Chinese food is at buffets. You need to find an Indian neighborhood if you want the true experience.
comment by jjoohhnn on July 20, 2017 7:53 AM ()
Actually it was recommended by a few Indian people!
reply by greatmartin on July 20, 2017 8:53 AM ()

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