|Tiny bits, many dishes|
I have done a few over the years, but I'm far from an expert. Most recently, I loved the Royal Taj buffet in Columbia with David. Hands down, this beats the Indian buffets near my office that bored me years ago by offering just a handful of options.
Royal Taj fills two tables with food, and it has unusual options, particularly a chef making dosas on the line. Those crepes wrap around spiced potatoes, and they're served up with other crisp treats like pakoras that Royal Taj replaces in small batches so that they don't go limp. You can get several curries. You can get tea ("chai"). At any buffet, you should sample everything that looks good so that you can explore more of the menu when you could back for dinner.
Fans say Royal Taj competes even in the strong field of local Indian. I have enjoyed the buffet since this place opened two years ago under a different name, although I still haven't been there for the regular menu.
At a minimum, I think you can get a buffet at Royal Taj, House of India, Akbar, Mango Grove, Mirchi Wok, and the new Flavors of India -- all in Columbia. You need to watch out. People have critiqued some buffets as bland. You can also end up with naan that gets soggy or rice that gets cold.
Anyone have a favorite lunch buffet? Any local places have something unique? Do they rotate so that certain days have special food? Anyone have advice for people trying them? I plan on two plates, so I always start with a tiny bit of many dishes. I have also asked for naan when the display was empty and always found people happy to deliver it to me.