Surya Indian Restaurant
1207 11 Ave. SW
Calgary, AB T3C 0M5
East Indian lunch buffet. In a town like Calgary, it seems like most places of South Asian cuisine need a lunch buffet to compete. I’m not sure if it’s the vast quantity demanded by patrons, or if it’s the wide selection everyone likes, but all I know is most locations with a dining room, whether they start with one or not, end up with a lunch buffet.
Surya Indian Restaurant is located on the main floor of an office building in the Beltline. The first time i ate there, it was ala carte, and it was really quite good. That made the lunch buffet a must try.
The first thing you notice with Surya is that their selection is enormous. While many lunch buffets usually have 6-8 choices, Surya has 12 dishes, plus a variety of salads, rice, chutneys, desserts, and naan of course. They also have pappadums – which makes me really happy. The selection is fantastic – about the same as Glory of India. The quality is excellent – as good as Glory of India, if not better, and better yet, the price is much cheaper (13.99 last time i was there) than Glory of India. The keep refills low, and refill often.
Selection is varied – includes many meat dishes (usually 4), a load of vegetarian options, and a lot of starches.
One well known secret at most buffets is that they offer takeout buffet – all you can fit in a takeaway container. Surya offers this at the same price as dine in (many places offer a discount). While you may not get “all you can eat”, I find it’s much easier to manage portion size when you take it away. I typically get a couple meals out of what i can stuff into a container.
In discussions with friends, everyone has their favorites when it comes to Indian Buffet. While you can find cheaper in the NE of Calgary, Surya offers a unique value proposition. Good price, excellent quality food, and great selection in a very convenient central location.