Years ago when I was in college, I had the chance to spend a summer studying in England. After about a week, I was already tired of the local cuisine. How much boiled meat and Brown Sauce, can one guy take??
So, one day I walked into an Indian restaurant, just to try something different. Once I smelled the aromas, and tasted the food, my taste buds were changed forever and I quickly became a regular of that restaurant.
Since I moved to the Lake Norman area over a year ago, I haven't had any Indian food. And I've been in some serious withdrawal. So, when I heard that there was a good Indian restaurant nearby, my mouth started to water immediately.
When I walked into Sangam with a friend I was surprised by how small it was -- only about 12 tables. However, during this lunch rush, over half of the tables were occupied. The walls are adorned with Indian paintings and Indian music and aromas drifted through the air.
After ordering our drinks, we headed to the back of the restaurant to partake in the Lunch Buffet. I've got to admit, I was quite impressed by the amount of food they had to offer: Vegetable Pakora, Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Korma, Naan, rice, etc. Those are the only names I can remember -- but there was much, much more.
The naan was fresh and warm, and I used it to scoop-up some of my Chicken Korma, which was just what my taste buds ordered. However, I was a little disappointed by the amount of chicken in the buffet tray -- they were quickly running out, and they didn't seem to be replacing it anytime soon.
But aside from that, this lunch was superb. I filled my plate twice, and was entirely full by the end of the meal. The food was flavorful and the tandoori chicken was surprisingly moist, the naan was still warm from the oven, and the service was excellent (though it was a buffet, our plates were cleared quickly, and my Coke was refilled often).
My craving for Indian food has been satiated -- for the time being. The next time I get a craving for this cuisine, or a longing for my favorite dish of Lamb Rogan Josh, I'll be heading here for dinner.
Price: $ (Lunch Buffet was $8.95)
Conclusion: This is a great option if you like Indian cuisine. The price is a little high (most dinners are around $15 for an entree), but worth it. I'll definitely be coming back here again.
Sangam Indian Cuisine
20910 Torrence Chapel Road
Cornelius, NC 28031