I recently discovered an awesome Indian restaurant called Brindavan. It’s about a 25 minutes drive from my house in Fairfield, and the distance is a good thing, because if I lived any closer, I would have been back a dozen times by now. I kept thinking about the aromatic, spice-filled food for days afterward.
Known for having the “biggest lunch buffet,” Brindavan is in a strip mall in Milford, CT, and on a recent weekday lunch, the long room was filled with a mostly Indian crowd. A woman serving herself from the abundant trays, said she and her colleagues worked at a near-by pharmaceutical company. A waiter who brought warm naan to the table, told us that “if we had the time,” come back on the weekend, when the buffet expands to 35 dishes.
Brindavan is about the food, not the décor. Unlike the dingy atmosphere, the food is bright, warm, filled with spices and flavors that made us smile and feel a buzz. The Manchurian vegetable balls really stood out for, may be because it’s one of the first things we tasted, and we loved how spicy they were. The idly had that wonderful sour fermented flavor, there were sauces to drizzle over them. Onion fritters, dal, curries, tandoor and more.