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Saturday, December 29, 2018


Indian Darbar Restaurant Still Shines: Awesome Lunch Buffet

Review of Indian Darbar Restaurant, 2333 W Wisconsin Ave, Appleton. 

In the past few years, I've really grown in my appreciation of basic Indian food as I've come to know a good Indian chef in Shanghai, where I spend much of my time at the moment. My increased yearnings for Indian food prepared me to more fully appreciate a popular choice in the Fox Valley, India Darbar Restaurant. I've eaten there several times for dinner, but have only rarely been there for their lunch buffet. This time I had a group of 13 people, including small children. Going there with my group was one of the smartest and most economical ways to have a delicious, sit-down meal in the Fox Valley. 

Indian Darbar has gracious service and excellent food that seems very close to the "home-style" Indian cooking I've come to love. The items in the buffet are among my favorites, such as chicken Masala or saag paneer or a tasty vegetable curry. The naan was reasonably good, the level of seasoning was great and while some dishes were spicy, I was delighted to see that many of the kids loved the flavors. 

Darbar is an Urdu word meaning "royal court." It's not a royal setting nor, fortunately, offered at a royal price. The buffet is under $10 for adults and less for children, and really young children don't seem to be counted by the generous owner. 

Sorry for poor photos, taken around 2 pm when the crowds were dying down. But still quite tasty. 

Phone: (920)-560-4967. Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 11:30 AM - 3 PM. Dinner: Tuesday to Thursday 5 - 9 PM, Friday and Saturday 5 - 9:30 PM, Sunday 5 to 9 PM. Closed Mondays.

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