Mayuri Indian Cuisine
15400 NE 20th Street #6
Bellevue WA 98007
Witness the Flavor Flurry (at Mayuri)
By: Steve G
After eating at Mayuri, one thing keeps sticking out in my memory. It isn't the slow elderly Asian man who kept cutting through the line to wreck havoc amongst the customers. It's not the oddly dressed giant, who was sporting a Sherpa hat looking like a member of the league of shadows from Batman Begins. It was the interesting tray that they offered on the buffet table.
It looked like a hospital tray.
The thought of eating Indian food out of a medical tray, wasn't too appealing when we visited Mayuri. Many would think this is a bad omen of things to come, but Mayuri is surprising quite tasty and a great place for lunch if you're in the mood for some butter chicken or chicken karai. Bryan and myself opted to go for the normal plates, though Grant loved the idea of having more real estate to pile on more of the food as well as few dedicated spots to some raita. After a few trips, I too wish I opted for the pan.
During the lunch buffet which runs from 11:30 to 2:30pm. There's a wide variety of meat and vegetarian dishes so you're sure to find at least a couple of things that pique your fancy. The menu is always changing for their buffet menu, so you'll always have a different number of dishes every time you go. Some of the items we grabbed from the buffet were the Butter Chicken, Chicken Karai, Tandoori Chicken, and Lamb Karai.
We were surprised to see butter chicken on the buffet table as it isn't usually offered at most places. The Butter Chicken was made with chunks of boneless chicken and cooked in a creamy sauce with a mix of spices. We all had a mixed opinion about the butter chicken as it seemed to have a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality. At times the chicken was tender, moist, and utterly delicious, but in other trips to the buffet, it tasted dry and stringy. The sauce was the only thing that stayed consistent throughout the dish, though it's light use of spices are sure to turn off a few Indian foodies.
Prepared with a thick coat of marinade, the Tandoori chicken was quite fantastic. Each piece of chicken was very plump and surprisingly held in a lot of the moisture. The marinade they use seems a bit different from other Indian restaurants as it had a strong lemon taste as well as a smoky flavor. It was one of the better offerings of Tandoori chicken we've had in recent memory.
Bryan loved the Lamb Karai with its unique texture. Made with boneless lamb and cooked with tomatoes, onions and bell peppers, it had that extra zing all due in part to all of the spices used. Fans of gamey meat are sure to enjoy this dish whether it's during the lunch buffet or dinner.
In terms of service, Mayuri uses a large force of people to take care of all the patrons. Our water glasses were constantly being refilled as the guy in charge of it seemed to be constantly hovering over our glasses like a hawk. The price for the buffet is $8.95, which is a bit of deal as most other places like Spice Route and Kanishka charge around a little over $10.00. Overall, Mayuri was a great choice for Indian food in the area. A diverse selection of food coupled with good service make it a definite spot to check out if you're in the mood for Indian food.