Ashoka the Great
9474 Black Mountain Rd
San Diego, CA 92126
I had a real craving for Indian food this past weekend. I really wanted to head downtown and pay Royal India a visit for their lunch buffet, but there wasn't enough time and I didn't want to deal with finding parking. So Boyfriend and I headed over to Ashoka, which serves the lunch buffet until 4 pm. I still prefer the taste of Royal India, but Ashoka offers a lot more items during their buffet. You can read about my previous visit to Ashoka here.
I was pleasantly surprised to find on this visit that they were offering quite a few dishes I didn't see on my last visit. Our buffet came with complimentary regular and garlic nan. The nan wasn't nearly as thick and fluffy as my last visit, but it was still tasty.
The items I was most excited to find was a goat curry and a lamb rice dish. This was my first experience with goat (that I know of). I was afraid it might be too gamey, but this version wasn't. It was definitely gamier than lamb, but not too gamey for my taste. It kind of reminded me of rabbit.
After sampling all the different items, I ended up getting seconds of the lamb, goat and this one yellow vegetable curry that was really tasty (it had spinach leaves and what I think is barley).
For dessert, they had this fruit cocktail with an orange sauce and kheer. I don't particularly like the kheer here. It seems to be missing an essential spice. I'm thinking cardamom but I'm not positive.
The one thing about Indian food is that it fills you up fast. Between the curry, nan and rice, I can never eat more than one big plate and I'm full for quite a few hours afterward.