Posted on | October 4, 2009 | 3 Comments
It must be tough opening up a new restaurant right next door to Lotus of Siam, which is widely regarded as one of the best Thai restaurants in the country. But this is exactly what Namaste did a couple of weeks ago. And guess what? After going there for lunch this weekend, I’d say that Namaste might be the best Indian restaurant I’ve been to in Las Vegas! Maybe there’s something magical in the land that these restaurants are on???
Anyway, after hearing nothing but good press on Namaste, off we went to the lunch buffet. Remarkably, they offer the buffet every day of the week, Saturdays and Sundays included! There is quite a nice selection of items, some of which change day to day. I tried just about everything they had, and everything was extremely fresh and tasty. Some items, like the chicken tikka masala, chicken curry, and malai paneer (a cheesy, sweet and savory to-die-for sauce) were simply exquisite. The chicken tikka masala had an incredibly creamy, sweet, and spicy sauce, and I think it might be better than India Palace’s version. The meats in all of the buffet items were of very good quality… white meat chicken breast, tender lamb…. none of the weird hard grisly pieces you might normally find thrown in at a buffet. And yes, this is at a BUFFET. Amazing!
Here’s my first plate of food, which included the chicken tikka, malai paneer, saag (curried spinach), and curried veggies…
And my second plate. I tried to get a bit of everything on the two plates. This plate included the chicken tikka masala, lamb, chicken curry, and gulab jamun (pastry balls in a cinnamon syrup.. yum!)
Along with your $9 buffet lunch, you get a basket of very well cooked naan. Crispy on the bottom, slightly burnt on the edges, and soft and chewy in the middle. Perfect for sopping up all of that yummy sauce!
Since it’s next door to Lotus of Siam, I half expected it to be a hole in the wall inside. Quite the contrary.. the interior is clean, modern and elegant. The service was exceptionally friendly and helpful. I don’t know how they can keep up such great quality in a buffet, but I hope they continue to do so. I’ll definitely be going back. A great deal; exceptional food… what’s not to love?!
953 E Sahara, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Phone: 702 892-9695