My partner and I recently dined in at Nakodhar and had the buffet. I had stopped by for the cheap samosas before, and they're decent enough for the low price, so we thought we'd give the buffet a try. Very bad idea, as it turned out.
The place is pretty divey, but this wasn't a huge concern since I already knew it wasn't fine dining. Sometimes the food can far supercede ambiance, but not in this case. The salad bar should have tipped me off in regards to what was to come: old, mushy tomatoes, dry cucumbers, browned lettuce and bottles of kraft dressing. It looked like it had been out there all day!
The curries were all mislabeled; extra fun for a vegetarian! I tentatively chose a few items, including mattar paneer, palak paneer, mixed vegetables, and a kidney bean and lentil curry. I love samosas and aloo tikki so I grabbed a few of those too. Seated at the table, I opened my samosa and it immediately seemed off. There was some white goo inside, and upon smelling it my gut instinct told me not to eat it. I have no idea how long they'd been out there, but it definitely seemed like a health hazard. The owner noticed I was unimpressed, and hurried to get me a fresh one, which I did appreciate.
Next up, the aloo tikki: these tasted as though they'd been fried in rancid oil. I absolutely love Indian food, and have yet to come across aloo tikki that I found inedible, but this was it. I took one bite and couldn't bear to finish it. Next up was a hair in my oil drenched vegetable curry. Along with the stale pappadums, dried out kidney bean and lentil curry (daal with kidney beans maybe?) and tasteless, if not entirely inedible other dishes, my partner and I decided we'd had enough.
Even at $10 a person, the value was nil since the food was so awful. After we left, we both felt cheated of our money. Indeed, I can think of countless places to eat for $10 or less that have fresh, delicious food! Saravanaa Bhavan, I am thinking of you! Oh I do regret having strayed....
I can only give the service one star as well; although the owner had seemed attentive about my dismay with the samosa, I don't see how he could possibly allow the rest of the food to be served in his restaurant! Make no mistake, this is no hidden gem, or a dive with awesome food. It is flat out the worst Indian food I've ever had!