I've never been to the lunch buffet here but I've been to dinner three times and each time was greeted with a smile. The food was delicious. I've never had dosa before and was astonished at the size, never thought my friend and I could begin to eat it all. We also loved the entrees and the peshwari naan which is a personal favorite.
I agree that the service is a little more lukewarm. The first 2 times I went, we found ourselves prairie dogging a bit to find a waiter when we needed one. This last time I went, they did a great job, came by frequently to fill water glasses and see if we needed anything.
We have enjoyed food at Mayura on several occasions. However, a few weeks ago, we were there for dinner on a Saturday night. The restaurant was pretty empty. The food was disappointing. The vegetable biriani looked like refried rice and tasted oily. The service was slow. We wont be going back there.
I have visited all the Indian restaurants and carts in Portland and Mayura is by far THE best of the bunch.The kitchen is clean,the bathrooms are clean,the food quality is better than any Indian restaurant in town (buffet and alacart) and authentically seasoned (spicy but not hot unless that's what you want) and the price is not higher then the average.
The deserts are done properly,gulab jamun is fresh and tender and served warm (most places here do canned),the kheer has a nice balance of sweet and cardamon flavors,and the gajar halva is the only proper recipe in town.The buffet is generous with the standard fair of several vegetarian and meat dishes plus nan/soup and salad bar plus unique extras like dosa shells and veg somosas.
Now I'm not saying this is the best I've ever had (I've visited hundreds of Indian restaurants around the world),just the best in Portland.Which for the number of Indian restaurants that we have one would expect a much higher quality standard to be the norm,sadly it is not.I'm a vegetarian and so I will give you my opinion from the vegetarian standpoint which I have experienced at Mayura.I first visited them for dinner with a friend and I asked the owner/waiter what veg dishes he has that are made with fresh vegetables,he honestly answered (this only happens 10% of the time when I ask this question at Indian restaurants) that only the fresh veggies offered on the menu was the aloo gobi (potatoes and cauliflower).So we ordered that and palak paneer (spinach and cheese),both were excellent.The next week I stopped by with another friend for lunch buffet and the veg entrees included bindhi masala (okra with onions and tomatoes),aloo matar (potatoes and peas) chana masalla (chick peas) and palak paneer.Again the standard exceeded my expectations and the food was top notch.My only disappointment was that the palak paneer that I enjoyed during my last visit was now a diluted version on the buffet and comparable to the typical standard seen in the rest of Portland,flavorless.
Even with this single complaint,Mayura is now the new benchmark for Indian food in Portland.
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