Woodlands

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 5 reviews )
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4078 Jermantown Rd (at Main St), Fairfax, Virginia, USA, 22030

Vegetarian Indian restaurant off Rte 50. Serves North and South Indian cuisine. The daily lunch buffet features over 10 dishes including appetizers and desserts. Open Mon-Sun 11:30am-3:00pm, Mon-Fri 5:00pm-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 3:00pm-9:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian, Buffet

5 Reviews

First Review by sadcow

Minimal Non-dairy Items available - Edit

Let me begin this review by stating that I can only imagine for a lacto-vegetarian, this place must be amazing! My husband and I went in the late afternoon, an hour or so before the buffet ended, and it was still swarming with people! We had to wait for a table, and it wasn't even the height of the lunch hour! Not only that, but it is a very popular location with people from India, which speaks to the authenticity of the food. Having said that, it is not a very vegan friendly location. While I've read reviews below that say otherwise, when I called ahead to confirm there were items we could eat on the buffet, the individual didn't seem extremely pleased to accommodate. He said he "guessed" that there may be 2 or 3 things. When we arrived, as I typically do with a vegetarian buffet, I asked one of the servers to walk me through the vegan items on the buffet. He didn't seem sure of himself, so I asked another individual to walk me through. Again, he didn't seem sure of himself (and he also was not consistent with the last server). I asked to have a manager walk me through . . . AGAIN not the same set of vegan friendly items identified. Items that should have been vegan, we were told had just a "little bit of dairy." We were able to determine that all 3 individuals had pointed to one item in common, as well as the rice. We were extremely disappointed. Had we not been a rush to make it to an appointment, perhaps we would have sat down, and gone through the menu in detail. . . or gone elsewhere.

Pros: Exclusively Vegetarian

Cons: Buffet: Not Vegan Friendly

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Veg buffet is the bomb - Edit

You have been to many veg Indian restaurants, where you peruse the menu and decide what to order. If you are like me, you want to order 2 or 3 of the entrees because they are so different in flavors, but you want multiple anyhow.

Your solution is here: affordable lunch buffet that is the bomb. Ask them what is vegan, or check the menu yourself to compare. The menu is generous in having vegan items plentiful. It's nice not to worry.

My favorite vegan Indian foods are all here, because really, I just like dosas, soups (sambar!), curries and tamarind sauce. The soups are delightfully right, but flavorful. The rice is not as exciting as it could be, but nice for plain white rice. If you want more flavor, go for a biryani or rice dish.

The curries and entrees are unique for the buffet, some are not on the menu, so you actually get a better deal at the buffet! Again, just ask for what is and what is not vegan. You will be happy, because there are many choices that are vegan (about 75% of the roughly 20 choices).

Pros: Vegan marked menu, 100% veg, Unique curries

Cons: Not 100% vegan

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Woodlands! - Edit

This a completely vegetarian Indian restaurant ironicly right next to a meat shop and deli. My husband and I live two hours from Woodlands but it's more than worth the travel and gas. The food is like magic and we moan with pleasure and grin like idiots while eating. The Kofta, which are spiced potato 'meatballs' in a tomato curry sauce sprinkled with fresh parsley and cilantro, are so marvelous the English language suddenly seems clumsy and incompetent and falls hopelessly short. The samosas are applause worthy, they are potatoes, peas, coriander, and turmeric in a deep fried triangular pastry served with chili-tamarind sauce. The coconut rice is over priced but still very hard not to get and we're always trying to figure out what the little balls in it are. They don't taste like peppercorns but they are about that size, whatever they are they're good. The waiter seems deeply depressed and never smiles but is not rude. The restaurant is relatively small and cute and always has lovely Indian music playing. The menu is a very good size and the portions are generous but not ridiculous. Even the fried food is never greasy and you always feel good when you leave. It's mostly Indian people eating here so that tells me it's probably pretty authentic cooking. It's not vegan friendly, there's only about two dishes without dairy but that is what Indian food is known for. I introduced my husband to this place and he'd never tried Indian food before, but now this is where he demands to be brought every year for his birthday. Even my four year old loves it! Can't say enough good things about this place. It had better always stay in business.

Pros: Magical food, Pretty healthy , Food doesn't take long to come

Cons: Depressed waiter, In ugly shopping center, Needs to be closer to where I live!

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Happy to accommodate vegans & excellent food! - Edit

This place is the best all vegetarian Indian restaurant in the area. They are always happy to work with you to make a dish vegan if it is possible. The food is always delicious and everything is very reasonably priced. It is located in the strip mall next to a K-Mart super store which is easy to locate from the highway.

Pros: Excellent food, Good value, Vegan friendly

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Pretty Good Food - Edit

I enjoyed the buffet; not a large selection, but more than enough me (perhaps 10 dishes). Good value, tasty food.

Pros: Tasty food, good value, friendly staff

Cons: Only if you don't like spicy food.

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