Another really good Indian place (featuring an all you can eat Lunch buffet) in Burbank, CA.
Flavor of India must have some pretty good game, because it’s survived in a space that most people would miss if they weren’t looking for it. What’s worse, there’s another Indian place literally in sight of the front door, competing for their business.
So how as Flavor of India managed to hang on?
I can only imagine that the food has something to do with it.
That, and the whole…chain thing.
The space, while hidden behind Kabuki in Burbank, is bigger than it looks. It’s also got more an Indian touch to the look and the feel. I can see bringing a date here, sneaking off after a movie, and actually having dinner.
But they also do a mean Lunch Buffett. I don’t know who came up with the idea first, India’s Tandoori or Flavor of India, but they’re both doing it, and we the customer are benefitting from that competition. There are some differences. Flavor of India seems to have a bigger space. There seem to be a lot more Waitstaff on hand to help you out than at India’s Tandoori. On top of that, you get some really good food. Both India’s Tandoori and Flavor of India will treat you great, but I give a slight, mild edge to Flavor of India.
So how does it stack up foodwise?
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: The Lunch Buffett like at India’s Tandoori is a tasty affair, but I give a slight edge to Flavor of India. There are lot of good options, and Indian food, with its condiments, sauces and flavors seems to keep extraordinarily well under these conditions. I have to say, I like the Chicken Tika Masala here better, because it’s just slightly spicier, not painfully spicier, just enough to give you a mild sweat as you walk out of the restaurant. But I liked the fact they were willing to put things a little closer to the way folks eat it on the Subcontinent.
Their Samosas though are just huge…freakin‘ huge. The biggest I’ve seen. Not the best I’ve had, but certainly the biggest. You won’t eat as many of them as you’d have at India’s Tandoori, but they’re still good. I give a mild edge to India’s Tandoori in this category, but not by much.
But the main point is, does the Lunch Buffet make one curious about what’s on their dinner menu, and for me the answer is an unqualified yes. I need to get back here. I’ve said I need to learn more about Indian cooking, and maybe this is the place I’m going to do it.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: No problem really. At most, it’s a little hard to find, but it’s a part of the Parking Structure behind Kabuki.
Also, during the Lunch Crush, the door to the right leads right into the Buffet line, the other door leads to the Dining Room floor…but it looks like you can only go in to the door to the right. Go figure.
PARKING: Consult our Burbank Parking Map. But as we’ve said, the restaurant is physically part of a Parking Structure. But like with all things Burbank, the Parking is free and available. You might have to walk a bit, but you’ll find a place.
Flavor of India (Burbank)
161 E Orange Grove Ave
Burbank, CA 91502
Tel: (818) 558-1199
Sunday-Thursday: 11:30am – 10:00pm
Friday-Saturday 11:30am – 11:00pm