October 21, 2013 | Posted in:Dining out
Sankalp Orlando is located the corner of South Orange Blossom Trail and Sandlake Road in the plaza where the Michael’s and Ulta are located. The large space has a contemporary feel from the warehouse style ceilings to the industrial light fixtures. The full menu is pretty expansive and located online here. Given so many choices, my dining companion and I decided to try the lunch buffet to get a feel for the cuisine and try some new dishes.
The warm buffet had plenty of non meat (vegetarian) options and there was also Goat Biryani, Andhra chicken curry and a southern fish dish. The fish was a grilled salmon coated in a fragrant spice rub and while the flavors were great, the fish was very dry. My companion mentioned the saucy Andhra Chicken curry was tasty, but the chicken was similarly dry.
The vegetarian dishes were all delicious and I’d order any one of them again. The Bhindi Do Pyaza featured Okra and onions, cooked in tomatoes and the vegetables were nicely prepared. (No slimy okra!) The Puri (Fried flatbread) was a light, crisp texture great for when scooping up the Green Moong Dal. Hariyali Tikki was a spiced potato and spinach cake featuring really nice layers of spice. Paneer Shahjahani was given some added depth of flavor when eaten with the savory Tomato Rice. We both enjoyed the varied flavors in all of the dishes and were very surprised at the amped up spice level in several items, especially for a buffet. I’m all for spicy goodness- so there were no complaints here! I tried many new dishes that I would certainly order again.
Also included with the lunch was a small salad bar and a dessert, however, we were full after the buffet we didn’t get around to the other items. Service was friendly, we were given menus upon request, our waters refilled promptly and I requested a side of Tamarind which was quickly brought out. The Chef replenishing the buffet took a moment to speak with us and was very nice. The restaurant was very busy when we dined here, if you are leaving the office for a quick lunch plan to arrive closer to 11:30 when the buffet opens, as the tables were full shortly after noon. The lunch buffet is currently $9.99 and a nice price for a filling, savory meal.
1700 Sand Lake Rd
Orlando, FL 32809
Tuesday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00–10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00–10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00–10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
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