Hours: Lunch & Dinner (Tue.-Sun.). Closed Mon.
Like many of you, about the only time we swing by Nirlep is at lunch, and we do it because Nirlep has one of the most wallet-friendly buffets around. Over the years, we’ve been to Nirlep so often we’ve noticed that we’ve developed a routine. We get our carb fix on first, thanks to the naan; it’s always soft, warm, and if you’re looking, a little charred in spots. And we also grab a little bit of the chopped salad; it’s a tangy combo of iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes. After that we move on to the entrees, making an effort to combine both vegetarian dishes and meat ones. On the veggie end, the saag paneer (a stewy, gooey batch of spinachy goodness) and the channa masala (an onion and tomato curry dish) are good too. But truth be told, we just can’t get enough of the meat dishes. From the creamy lamb korma to the curry chicken to the tangree kebab (ultra-spicy pieces of chicken leg marinated in dark spices like black pepper, cloves, and black cumin, then tandoor-roasted) to the butter chicken (an ultra-creamy blast of spicy nirvana). Of course, you’ll need something to cool your mouth off after all of those dishes. May we recommend the rice pudding. Yum. —Chris Haire (Dish, Winter 2019)
Authentic Indian cuisine. Lunch buffet. Voted Best Indian by CP readers.