There’s a popular lunch buffet on the northeast side of town for just $11 during the week. It’s a lunch buffet filled with Middle Eastern, Persian, Turkish, Mediterranean and Indian/Pakistani dishes.
The lunch buffet is on Monday – Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. There’s a separate brunch buffet available on Sunday from 11 am – 3 pm.
Where is this at you ask? Well none other than Zaytun at 2020 N Woodlawn at Brittany Center.
I attended the buffet with a few colleagues, a couple whom are from India. They were able to give me some good insight on the dishes, a little history of it and how some of it was made.
The buffet line has a huge array of different types of food, many that the average Wichita eater probably hasn’t heard of. They have basmati rice, matar pulao, khoresh e karaf, khreshte gheema, joojeh badamjaan, chicken makhni, among other items.
At the advice from one of my colleagues, I tried literally everything on the buffet at least once to get a good sense of it all.
Everybody was a fan of the lentil soup, it had a nice little bite to it.
Another crowd pleaser was the Joojeh Badamjaan (chicken and eggplant stew) placed over rice. If you aren’t a big fan of eggplant, try the Chicken Makhani.
If you like ground lamb, try the kabab e koubedah. It has the look of a sausage link but taste even better. It’s a mixture of ground lamb with spices. For the non-vegetarians in the group, we were huge fans.
We were also introduced to Pakora which is a fritter filled with onion, eggplant, potato and spices; very flavorful.
It was so nice having two colleagues really familiar with the food to explain to us what it was to give us a better understanding. I’m a huge fan of trying new foods. I’ve been to Indian restaurants before and just grab whatever looks good without knowing what it is.
One con somebody pointed out is the food really isn’t all that spicy. Some of it may have a small little bite but if you really like spicy foods the buffet doesn’t really cater to that.
My two colleagues from India tell me this is their favorite Indian restaurant in town. The owner who’s also the head chef is extremely friendly with patrons. The service is excellent and they will answer any questions you have.
If you’re into trying something different or just looking for a nice blend of different food from other cultures, give Zaytun a try. I know there are people out there who dislike trying new things but the options available at Zaytun are not so off the wall crazy that it’ll turn you off. When you walk inside, the aroma of the food alone will have you craving it.
Thumbs up from our entire group.
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