Food | Khushi Indian Buffet, Middlesbrough
My prayers have finally been answered. Anyone who knows me knows that Indian food is the way to my heart. So when I heard there was new Indian restaurant opening in the style of a buffet, I couldn’t contain my excitement. Me, Ross and my Dad are the Indian-obsessed of the family, so much so it’s become tradition that the three of us go for an Indian when my mam is busy as she’s not a fan of Indian food.
On the opening weekend of the Khushi Indian Buffet (located on Cumberland Road in Middlesbrough), we tried to book a table however they weren’t taking bookings for the time being so we decided to just turn up. Unfortunately, but quite obviously, we were turned away at the door because it was full. Whilst it put us off a bit, we went back a few weeks later after the hype had died down a bit. The excitement on our faces when we got seated straight away would have been a picture.
On first impressions, we were so impressed by the cleanliness of the restaurant. Everything in its place and the variety of food was great. From starters, sides and dips to curries and desserts, there was a lot to choose from. I particularly liked how the chefs prepared and cooked the food in front of us so we could see everything being freshly made. The staff at Khushi are among the most friendly I have ever had the pleasure of dining with.
For our starters we sampled a bit of everything. In addition to the typical Indian starters such as seekh kebab, chicken tikka and samosas, they also had some non spicy foods such as chickennuggets and pizza which is great if you’re dining with someone who isn’t a fan of spicy food.
Before deciding on a main course, we picked up a new plate each and put a spoonful of each curry they had on offer for us to try. There was a great choice of curries available with something for everyone including a variety of vegetarian options. Depending on your acquired taste, there was a good variety of mild, medium and hot dishes. Once we had sampled all of the curries available that night, we picked a favourite and went to top up our plates with sundries. I got the chicken madras which was delicious.
Finally, we finished off with some dessert which was surprisingly good! Having been to buffets in the past, the desserts have never been great and the offering is always quite small. At Khushi they have an ice cream machine for you to pull your own whipped ice cream and add your choice of sauce to top it with. They also have a selection of traditional Indian desserts as well as mini chocolate eclairs, chocolate cake and cheesecake which are all really tasty.
Since our first visit, me and my dad have already revisited. For £12.99 for full access to the buffet, I think it is well worth the money if you arrive on an empty stomach. All of the food is freshly prepared and is regularly replenished so you know it hasn’t been sat there all day. I can see me making regular visits to the Khushi Indian Buffet.
Does Khushi look like a place you would visit? What would be your ideal type of buffet?