WHAT HE GOT
The place: The Curry Pot, 6490 Lee Highway.
The dish: Lunch buffet.
The cost: $8.99.
We have three Indian restaurants in town, and I've tried them all. I've never been to India -- or England, where I'm told often the best Indian food can be found -- so I won't insult you by saying which is the most authentic or the best.
I know which one I like, and I believe each does one or two versions of the same dish that I prefer over the others.
After hearing from two trusted friends that The Curry Pot was the best, we tried it again on a Saturday afternoon. They offer a large buffet with plenty of variety. My complaint in the past was that it had too much variety, and not all of the food was Indian.
Chicken Tika Masala is a staple of Indian buffets and a pretty good entry dish for newbies. The Curry Pot offers a very tasty version of the barbecued chicken in a mildly spiced cream sauce.
Cauliflower to me has always been a filler item for salads, but there are several Indian recipes that are outstanding. The version at The Curry Pot was tasty, but the cauliflower was mashed, which made the texture a little unusual for me.
The spinach dish was simple and not the creamy, cheese-filled paneer version I'm accustomed to. The blend of spices and the perfectly cooked spinach was very good, as were the green beans with potatoes, a simple,but really good dish.
The buffet also featured rice, naan, salad, soups and desserts, including gulab jamun, which is a soft mild dumpling in sweet honey syrup.
I found a couple of things to like at The Curry Pot, but not enough to pick it over either India Mahal on Brainerd Road or Sitar on Market Street.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...