Indian Buffet with 40 items to choose from
Went there for the dinner buffet. There wasn't much to choose from, esp. if you're a vegetarian (my poor friend...). And the items that were available were just ok, nothing out of the ordinary or very good at that. Just ok. I've had much better butter chicken, much better naan, much better rice, etc. The desserts were also very disappointing. Not much in the way of service since it is a buffet. Wouldn't go back for the food.
If this place was in Delhi or any other large Indian city it would not make the grade. The place looked dirty and at 12.30PM only a handful of tables were occupied. The buffet was cheap but the food miserable, not quite sure the goat curry had goat in it, the butter chicken was ordinary and the other items unappetizing. Opposite this restaurant is Mirch Marsala, one of the best Indian restaurants in the Vancouver area, save up your craving for curry and go there.
$10. Seriously what more do you expect from $10? I've paid 3 times the price for butter chicken that is no way as good as this place and this place is only $10 for a buffet.
Yes selection is not as impressive for a buffet, however the food just taste too good for me to care. It is true that sometimes they might be running out of something or even only have bits and pieces left swimming in abundance of sauce, but everytime we just point it out and a new batch is served before you can even start whinning about your $10.
Oh and their chai latte is way better than 99% of the cafes out there.
I've been to Mehfil on numerous occasions and this place has satisfied my craving for Indian food. It may not always be the very best but hasn't been horrible either. Mehfil apparently provides catering to weddings as well and I've heard the catered food is often times better than the buffet. Not sure if the 'off times' at the buffet is what is left over at from a wedding? But I've usually enjoyed this place nonetheless. Usually there is butter chicken at the buffet and the Naan's are fairly fresh too!
We usually go to Taste of Punjab for our Indian fix, but last Saturday I got a craving for Indian buffet and really didn't feel like shelling out $40 for 2 entrees, naan and rice at T.O.P. So I googled "Indian Buffet Surrey, BC" and Mehfil's name popped up first. After reading mixed reviews, we decided to go for it.
Tons of parking, and lots of room inside with bright natural light coming in through the windows. Reasonably clean, and complete with standard Indian style tacky decor. Atrocious Indian music howling on the speakers, playing the same beat over and over and over again. Little did I know that the beat would get stuck in my wife's head and she would hum it over and over and over again in the car on our way back home. Brrrrr.
That was the ambience, now the food.
Not a lot of selection for a buffet. Three different meat dishes - curry chicken, curry goat and butter chicken. They were all pretty decent. The butter chicken was too sweet and watered down, but I have had much worse. There were two different rice dishes and one really weird pasta dish (looked too scary and too out of place to try). The naan was pretty good, but they kept bringing it out a little at a time. So you really had to watch the naan tray like a hungry hawk. There were only two veggie dishes: eggplant and Palak Paneer and two different kinds of daal (lentil) - not too good. Oh, also store bought and restaurant fried egg rolls. There, I just gave you their entire offering. That's it! I was very disappointed to see that they didn't have Tandoori chicken or veggie pakora. I have never been to an Indian buffet where they didn't have those two. Dessert was pretty all right – kheer (rice cooked in milk), custard and Jell-O. On the plus side, all the ingredients were fresh, nothing tasted stale or recycled.
That was the food, now the service and value.
Service was nil - surly and "what the hell happened to my life?" man showed us our booth at the beginning and took our money at the end. The bill came to aboot $11 per person. Not bad if you're just there to stuff yourself with pedestrian and limited number of Indian dishes with fresh ingredients. Will we be going back? Not anytime soon, I really missed having Tandoori chicken.
Oh I have a theory why they were playing such awful music - it's so you won't linger and keep eating. You just eat, pay, cover your ears and run like hell.
So finally weighing the pros and cons, the word that really comes to mind when describing Mehfil is:
We recently went here for the lunch buffet. The food was okay, I think we enjoyed the butter chicken an palak paneer the most. We were full after two dishes and it was a great deal for a lunch buffet - under $10!
However, after eating there for lunch we were full for the rest of the day. I'm not sure if it was because the food was pretty heavy or if it was something they put in the food?
Found this place as we were driving around looking for a place to have dinner. The buffet is not terribly impressive but the food is "solid" and you really can't beat the price - about $10 for dinner I seem to recall.
I'd recommend this place if you're looking for quick, cheap and decent indian food.
Beware of spicy peppers in the salad - I ate one and needed a couple of bowls of rice pudding to stop the burning!
A good restaurant gone to the dogs. It used to be a much more popular place with good food, but in recent times it has definitely gone downhill. Firstly, whether you are eating from the buffet or getting taking out, you'll most likely only find a few tiny pieces of meat swimming in sauce. They must be counting each individual cold-cut vegetable and sauce in their "35 item buffet," otherwise there is no way there is 35 items. I would say the buffet is 75% various cold veggies (peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.) The staff hover over you, not in a helpful way, but as if to make your uncomfortable enough not to take too much of any item. On out last family visit, we did not get any water for the entire meal, until we asked for it at the end (only to have the server treat it like an inconvenience). Then we observed a staff member climbing all over the seats near the windows (with shoes) to pull down the blinds.
It's no surprise that they have very little business (the parking lot is consistently empty, even during lunch and dinner hours -on more than one occasion, we've mistaken it for closed); the food is not worth the money, and the customer service is absolutely awful. Save your money and go elsewhere. We're never going back.
I go to this restaurant about once a week since an East Indian friend sugegested I try it 2months ago after recieving crappy service across the street at another place. I love the flavours of their food and have decided to spend my eating out budget mostly at this buffet.
It's true this was the old BK on the corner of 96th ave and 120th st. in Surrey!!
Kind of hard to get the image out of my mind!!!
FOOD: After reading some other reviews I must disagree with somethings. First of the food has nver made me sick and is quite alright that reagards!!! The butter chicken is one of the best I've eaten anywhere!!!! The buffet for some reason NEVER seeems to have enough naan. On the whole however, I tried every single curry dish and liked all of them!!! DELICIOUS!!!
SERVICE: Could use improvments!!!! The seats of some of the tables are torn and the waiteresses never seem to greet u or say "hi" or "hello"!!! That being said they do fill ur water and ask for ur drink selection!!!!
VALUE: Cheap and great price for the buffet on the whole, no real cmplains here!!!!!
AMBIANCE: It was the old BK for god 's sake, and that image is hard to get out of my mind!!!!
Overall, even as we were leaving at 9:30pm, people were still coming in!!! So it goes to show that Mehfil is holding it's own against its neighbouring restaurants. Cheap and affordable buffet that leaves u satisfied and full!!!
Now that's worth a try!!!!
When me and my family came here we thought that we will probably have a nice dining experience, but boy were we wrong. There is always a buffet at the inexpensive price of $10 per person, but it so wasn't worth it. There must have been something bad in the food because while i was eating I vomited. and after the rest of my family saw that they had a hard time eating. The only had three items for desert, not much variety. If you want any think to drink besides water it costs about an extra $4.
For me this was a really bad dining experience.
I have been to Mehfil a couple times a month for a while now, and I think its a great value for how little it costs to eat there.
- Service isnt too bad, it is a buffet, nevertheless its still decent.
- The washrooms are pretty crummy, no getting by that.
Overall for $10.00 you get some really good all you can eat east indian food, defintley worth a try if you want a good and cheap meal.
I don't know how they make the palak paneer but i can never make it like that at home. Also, the paneer pakoras are yummy. I am a vegetarian and they have a huge selection of Chinese and Indian vegetarian dishes. I love the chow mein, pot stickers, channa masala, potatoes, naan and butter paneer.
I have been there numerous times, with friends, for birthdays and wedding parties.
I have been to this place about 20 times over the last few years. The price is slowly climbing up there but still a good value for what they offer. Probably the most visited Indian restaurant for me. It is a little shabby inside but not dirty. Never had the trotts after eating there either.
I freaquently come here, buffet and cheap! The butter chicken is average. My only complaint is the following:
1. Never any naan on the buffet and when they bring some out there are 2 pieces.
2. Server never clears your plates.
3. The pakora is salty.
We continue to come as it's in the neighbourhood, and not too too bad. And Like I said its cheap and gives us our butter chicken fix.
Mehfil is such a good deal, with the buffet coming in at under $10. It's our usual choice when we get a craving for butter chicken and Indian sweets. Definitely not an amazing dining experience, but a good choice for a cheap Indian fix.
Ya its true u r not simply welcome here.....they stare at u as if they are saying that why we eating their food...No welcome ....no politeness ,no restaurant etiquette and manners. I have very few chances to get together with my family....that's why I went there to spend some good time together with my family while eating good food...but these guys ruined all my expectations...I heard a lot about this restaurant ..but I think The ownership has changed now....that's why so much mismanagement....It could have Better for me if I have read the reviews about this ...restaurant.....the server are strange....strange look ...strange gestures...if u ask for water or fresh naan......they give very cold reaction.......So I personally" Don't recommend this place....N I will never ever go there"......just a worst nightmare of my life....I have visited so many restaurents...in surrey which are awesome...like Mahek ,Mirch Masala...etc.. good food n best service....full value for money.....So MIne is Simply NO to Mehfil......
Well I have read these reviews and feel that I am a bit of an expert here. I went to Mahfil about 6 years ago under differnet management and it was awesome then as it is now. The kitchen staff stayed on under the new management. There isn't a menu item here that I don't like but I must say that I have never had better butter chicken elsewhere. It is almost always rich, thick and creamy and the recipe they use is better by far then any other I have ever tried. Simply put, it is awesome and the main reason that I go back at least once a month and some times up to once a week!
I don't expect much in regards to service because it is a buffet but the servers are always polite, humble and quiet, just the way I like them. I like to be left alone to enjoy my eating experience, and if I decide I want something, they are keeping a watchful eye and it is always easy to get their attention.
While it is true that the cost since the previous owners left has gone up a bit, the cost value is still great (a huge meal that taste great for under $10). There is a large selection of varying types of food from meat to salads and other vegiterrian dishes all of which are delicious.
There is one thing about this place that needs desperate attention. It isn't as clean and mantained as it should be. There are torn seats and a creepy bathroom. There are also grimey kids finger prints on some of the surfaces but the tables and seating areas are always kept clean. That being said, I can see finicky people that regard the superficial having a problem here. This is not a "fine dinning" experience per say as much as it is a family value dinning experience. 9 times out of 10 I'll go for the latter. If I am on a date for the first time and want to impress someone I'll go the superficial way like Earls or something like that but anyone else that I know who wants great food at a great price and doesn't need to be coddled and wooed --- this is the place to be.
All the items were well done. Another option besides the sumptuous buffet was the option of take out a plate/box of any selection by weight.
Couple of suggestions:
1. Can provide more authentic Indian dessert choice, such as 'gulab jamun'.
2. Provide draft beer which will go well with Indian Curry.
On the whole, enjoyed my lunch!
I really enjoy there food! good prices and satifies my hunger. If you want to have preety good food for cheap try it out! its not a fancy place and not clean looking . When you go to other buffets there jello sucks tast like rubber ewww But theres is really jello soo good with the rice pudding or fruit custered on top mmmmmm.