A friend took me to the Sabri once for their buffet dinner. Now I should start by saying, I'm not super familiar with a lot of Indian food, but what I have had, I have always enjoyed the complex flavours, the spices, the textures, etc. so when we decided to go, I was quite excited to find that it was a buffet and I could try many things as well as it was reasonable.
I have to say I was very disappointed. There was nothing essentially wrong with the food, but compared to what I had had at other restaurants, it was very bland. While I was excited to see this as a buffet so that I could try various things, on the whole, I hate buffet's. I think they cause people to eat excessively, I don't like the idea that the food has just been sitting out, people can pick things up and put them back if they don't like what they see, breathe and cough on the food and there's something about having sneeze guards up that I find very unappetizing. That being said, I did try a little bit of everything, Butter Chicken is a love of mine and I found this so bland. I suppose when you have a buffet and you're trying to cater to something that is going to appeal to all, you can't add much spice, so I found that a lot of the dishes tasted similar.
My other issue with this establishment is the restaurant itself. It was a summer day here in Victoria and a warm evening when we went and although they had ceiling fans going, the heat to me was unbearable. I felt like maybe I was in Calcutta during the hot season, this thought did not add ambiance and by the time we left, I was soaking wet with perspiration and it wasn't from spicy food.
I would go back and try this restaurant again because maybe I hit an off night, or I was having an off night, and may people sing it's praises, but I can honestly say there are better places in town for Indian cuisine.