Shah’s, Fawcett Street, Sunderland.

Shahs Indian Buffet Restaurant - Fawcett Street, Sunderland.
Shahs Indian Buffet Restaurant - Fawcett Street, Sunderland.
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“THINK curry, think Shah’s” - that’s the moto of the newly-opened all-you-can-eat Indian buffet in Fawcett Street - and I couldn’t agree more.

I opted to try the smart looking venue for a business lunch and I was pleasantly surprised by the cuisine on offer.

Shahs Indian Buffet Restaurant - Fawcett Street, Sunderland.

Shahs Indian Buffet Restaurant - Fawcett Street, Sunderland.

Traditionally, it’s always been Chinese buffets which have caught my attention and I wasn’t sure how I felt about throwing loads of different curries onto one plate over and over again but do you know what? It works.

The interior decor is just as clean and contemporary as the outside. Although they have squeezed as many tables as they can inside, it still looks roomy and the Indian-inspired paraphernalia is the perfect finishing touch.

There are huge ornate mirrors, sitar, bongos and urns across the walls and the theme continues upstairs in the bathrooms.

If there is one thing that makes me glutenous, it’s popodoms with all the trimmings, so being faced with limitless amounts of these crispy treats was my idea of heaven.

I didn’t hold back, returning to my seat with a tottering tower supported by onion bhajis and vegetable samosa.

They tasted as good as they looked. The popodoms were crispy and not greasy as deep fried foods often can be and the onion bhajis were bursting with flavour.

I’m not a huge fan of samosas but combined with the Raitha and mango chutney these were a bite-sized treat.

Starters demolished, it was time to find room for mains. As it was a lunchtime there were only limited dishes available but if you opt for the evening buffet you will be spoilt for choice.

I went for chicken korma and chicken tikka masla - classic dishes, but I often thick they are the ultimate test. If you can’t get them right there is not much hope for the more exotic curries.

Adding a spoonful of pilau rice and a garlic naan, I was ready to tuck in.

The korma was just right, not too sweet but lovely and creamy with generous chunks of meat and the masala was spot on too - it was obvious these dishes were freshly cooked.

My eating partner and I thoroughly enjoyed mopping up the sauce with the flavoursome naans before heading back for round two.

The all you can eat option can go one of two ways for me, I either eat and eat until I feel sick or I’m so daunted by the free reign that I have a tiny portion and I’m done.

As it was lunchtime I opted not to go over the top - I couldn’t think of anything worse than heading back to work with a belly full of curry.

I also decided not to have a dessert but there is a selection of cakes and ice creams for those of you who have a sweet tooth.

The daytime buffet is priced at £7.99 per person and is available Monday to Saturday, 12pm til 4pm. The grand evening buffet runs from 5pm til 11pm and is £13.99 per person.

As well as a varied selection of food, Shah’s has an extensive drinks list including draught beers, spirits, wine and a range of soft drinks.

Our meal, including two large cokes, came to £20.70.

Cara Houchen