Indian Buffet restaurant (Tandoori Chicken, Butter Chicken, Chana, Pakora, Naan, Basmati Rice, Rice Pudding, Assorted Pickles, Palak Paneer, etc.) If you want something besides water with your buffet, there is Masala Chai or Mango Lassi to drink, which goes well with spicy food.
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.
I go to Sabri's frequently as it's close to my work and a great place for a quick, satisfying lunch. The restaurant itself is clean, and has enough tables so you never have to wait. The ambiance is not fantastic but is quite acceptable. The chairs could be more comfortable. It's always the same woman serving us and she's always been prompt with getting us water and letting us know to enjoy our meals. She's quiet but polite. The food is very good and has always tasted fresh. The nan bread is always soft and warm, the curries are flavorful, and I love all the condiments (of course the rice is bland, as one reviewer pointed out, but that's normal, it's about what you put on the rice). The buffet area is always clean and there's always someone on top of things making sure that nothing runs out.
Sure the decor is less than desired, and they don't fill up your water as fast as you would like, but for an all you can eat buffet for a reasonable price, I don't know what people are whining about. It's a buffet people. To get the service that most people are so wanting you are either going to a high high end buffet, or a sit down, which would be in a much higher bracket.
Everytime we go there the place is packed, people are smiling, the food is hot and being changed out frequently for fresh food, and we leave overly stuffed with out paying too much for it.
I say go for it, put asside everything else and treat it for what it is, a smorgas board. Eat until your buttons explode, fill up on butter chicken, and ignore the warning about the tandori chicken it is very good. Not only that but their bottled sauces and chutneys are divine if you want to take some home. I've had Indian all over this city and I always come back here for the pur convenience of it. It's close to me, the food is tasty, it's right across from the theatre so I can have dinner and a movie, and it won't break the bank.
It's all good to me
This place has been an all time favorite since it first opened! The food is fabulous and the owners are friendly. It is the best place on the island. I highly recommend it. All you can eat . . . honestly you cannot get better for your buck. The place is always busy and everyone is more than satisfied with a delicious meal!
This restaurant is very average. The food was weak, the curry sauces were thin with very little substance. The decor and overall feel of the restuarant is uninspired. The carpets were dirty, the cutlery was unclean, the plastic glasses were stained, and we simply felt unclean after we left. The Naan bread was soggy. The lady at the front was unhospitable, and lacked energy. If you're nursing a hangover and want a quick, cheap feed to get full then it would do the trick. Don't eat the Tandoori chicken.
You go to he Sabri buffet knowing what to expect. The food is decent quality, and is always fresh because of the constant turnover. There is no real service because this is just a buffet after all. The decor is a little threadbare, but I've definitely seen worse.
If you are ever in the Tillicum mall area and are looking for something to eat, it is clearly the best option at hand. You could do a lot worse!
If you can call it east indian. We ordered take out - familly pack with butter chicken for $25 and a side of mixed vegitables and Pakora. If we didn't order the pakora the meal would have been a total loss. Like the other reviewer said the chicken was just diced cooked chicken thrown in a very liquidy terrible tasting sauce. the rice was plain basmati rice with no flavor and the mixed vegitables were an over cooked mess. Someone actually recomended this restaurant to us. --- Pay a little more and go to Da Tandoor on Fort street sooooo much better!
This restaurant could use some work in the ambiance department, however the food is worth the visit. While perhaps buffet is not everyone's favourite choice (mine included) The selection is great especially for vegetarian. All in all and cheap and yummy place for lunch or dinner
Normally I don't take the time to wright reviews so this is more of a warning to the unexpecting.
This was the worst Indian food I have had and my wife an I have had Indian food all around the world. It is apparent they just don't care. The place is dirty and dark. We had the buffet even though we would I ordered off the menu. The menus were out of site and never offered to us. The Butter chicken was a rubbery diced chicken thrown in a poor tasting sauce. No-one asked us if we would like a drink. The Samosas were crispy on the outside and under cooked in the middle. The East Indian woman behind the register looked drained, never said a word and looked as if she didn't want to be there. The highlige of the meal was the Naan that had been sitting under the heat lamp for a while.
I cook beret Indian food than this and Im Scotish.
Consider yourself warned...
I've been to Sabri's twice - the first time I went was early into dinner service (about 5:00pm). Unfortunately, it seemed as if all the entrees had been left to sit under a heat lamp for several hours, as they were dried out and not very hot. The only item that was decent was the Kheer (rice pudding), which was not all you can eat - you only got one included with your dinner
The next time, I thought I would try the lunch buffet. The food was not dried out at least, but the quality was still very mediocre. Chef Omar's pledge to you is to serve you "real" healthy food, free of chemical additives; maybe he should also try serving quality food.
The Naanwich 4 doors down has impressed me, however - if you were thinking of going to Sabri's - try the Naanwich instead.
This little indian place is one of my favorite restaurants to go. They have their menu everything buffet. they It serves delicious rice and chicken and salad and dessert and more kind of sauce. My favorite dish is rice with chicken. It's a little spisy. But it's closed early every day. I highly reconnend you go to this restaurant .
My friend and I had been dying to give the all you can eat buffet a try at this restaurant. Overall, we spent a grand total of 10 minutes in the restaurant. We arrived, no one was there to greet us nor seat us. We finally asked about getting a table and the extremely unfriendly woman pointed us in a direction. After sitting and waiting for a few minutes we decided to go up to the front and ask the woman what the deal is. She told us to eat the buffet if we wanted it or grab a (paper) menu from the pile. We chose to eat the buffet because of the chicken curry and the cheaper price. She never came by to offer us any drinks or for that matter anything from the menu. The plates were filthy, each dirtier than the next, the glasses were plastic and the cutlery resembled those which are found in a school cafeteria, even dirtier. Reluctant to eat, we tried the chicken curry, rubber cubes of chicken in a tasteless creamy sauce. I couldn't even bring myself to try the mango chutney, my favorite part of indian cuisine. And, when I just peeked into the disgustingly presented container of chutney, i touched the spoon which was unbelievably sticky - but i couldn't be bothered to visit their washrooms to wash my hands, i could only imagine what they were like. We only ate the tasteless basmati rice and the naan bread because we were paying 11.95 for the meal. After our meal the unfriendly hostess took our plates away and mentioned that I left all the chicken on the plate and that they specifically put up a sign that says "only take as much as you can eat" and I didn't listen. When I told her that I didn't really like the meat, she argued that it was my second plate anyways and had such an attitude. We couldn't handle sitting in the horrid restaurant, dark, dreary and dirty, any longer, so we got up to pay. The lady said nothing except our total. It is the FIRST time I have never tipped. I was about to warn the people waiting to be acknowledged to go elsewhere and save their money, but I was too angry, and thinking back to it I wish I did. NEVER VISIT THIS RESTAURANT. It is a waste of time and money. We went to McDonalds on the way home. And I'm not the biggest McDonalds fan either!