409 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Cost range: 1.0-10.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
More in this neighborhood: Downtown St. Petersburg
For four years, India Grill was downtown's quick-and-easy, moderately priced Indian buffet lunch spot. We hardly took a seat before we were back up again, stalking the steam trays of tandoori chicken, palak paneer, lentil dahl and fluffy basmati. It's back in a new location that doesn't quite have the warmth of the previous locale, but the buffet is a similar array: neon-pink tandoori chicken, very moist, sitting on a bed of white onion; trays of lush butter chicken, slow-simmered mild lentils and spinach with Indian cheese; a perfunctory iceberg salad; tasty vegetable pakora; and a quartet of sauces (a tamarind to add a sweet intensity to dishes, a spicy cilantro sauce, a cooling raita and a zingy onion pickle); and a nurturing rice pudding. Dinner is a la carte.