The other day, after a morning of writing–or to be more precise, trying to write while getting distracted by frivolous celebrity gossip–I was hungry and looking to eat a whole lot of food.
To satisfy my craving for a whole lot of food, I went to the Jaipur Junction, an Indian restaurant in the suburb of North Royalton.
On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the restaurant offers a lunch buffet. Since I came in on one of those days, the lunch buffet was an option, and it was an option I took eagerly.
The buffet was on the small side, but fortunately, everything looked–and tasted–delicious.
To start, I loaded my first plate with two samosas, rice, chicken makhani (aka butter chicken), and tandoori chicken.
I took a bite of a samosa first, and it was fantastic. The samosas were crispy, hot, and flavorful. I could've stuffed myself with samosas alone (and I did end up eating a total of seven samosas!).
Luckily, everything else on my plate was also delicious. The butter chicken was flavorful and great on the rice.
The tandoori chicken was even better. In addition to being well-seasoned, the chicken was hot and moist, though it came from a buffet.
How many pieces of tandoori chicken did I end up eating? Three big pieces.
I could have– and perhaps should have–stopped there, but I like to indulge at buffets and so I freaking indulged.
I also ate naan bread, which was soft and warm; papadums, which were crispy chips that had the right amount of salt; and some vegetable dishes that were flavorful enough to make me forget about the absence of meat in them.
By this point, was I much too full to eat dessert? Yes.
Did that stop me from eating dessert? No.
For dessert, I had a few pieces of cantaloupe and carrot halwa, a sweet carrot-based pudding. I thought I wouldn't like the pudding, but I did and ended up having two servings of it (much to the chagrin of the waistband of my pants).
Finally, after finishing dessert, I stopped eating and went to pay my bill.
Speaking of the bill, the lunch buffet was $13.99 before taxes, which I thought was a more than fair price considering how much I ate.
I will say that if you like your Indian food to be really spicy, you might be disappointed by the lunch buffet since the dishes were mildly spiced, likely to make it palatable for the spice-averse masses (i.e., me).
But if you're a mildly spicy person like me, I would highly recommend the buffet.
The Jaipur Junction is located at 9249 W Sprague Rd, North Royalton, OH 44133. The lunch buffet is offered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
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