Some Like It Hot

This popular Indian restaurant stands up to the promise of seduction with an array of sumptuous Indian dishes in voluminous proportions.

We all love to feel spoiled by great service and pampered with the delivery of unexpected little extras. Korma Sutra delivers both in spades. The walls in the modestly-sized but exquisitely delectable eatery are lined with awards and framed newsprint articles singing the praises of this Indian cuisine treasure.

Almost as soon as you’re seated, expect a complimentary small appetizer to appear at your table, even before you’ve had a chance to peruse the menu. Often this will be something substantial such as the Veggie Pakora — rounded mounds of lightly-battered, crispy, fried veggies. Be warned. These tasty bites can be filling and you’ll want to save your taste buds for what’s yet to come.

Because the space is on the smaller side, the restaurant often seems crowded, especially during the lunch rush when there’s frequently a line out the door — a situation that’s to be expected of such a tasty lunch buffet that encourages imbibing way too much food at reasonable prices.
From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the all-you-can-eat buffet beckons, stocked with traditional Indian favorites and a few signature dishes. Make it a point to sample the Chicken Tikka Masala — tender chicken pieces bathed in a creamy white sauce with a hint of tomato and just the right amount of curry and other spices.
Also popular is the Chicken Korma, served in a coconut sauce that begs to be sopped up with warm and chewy Naan.

The service is thoughtfully orchestrated. Your drink order will be taken and menu suggestions will be given soon after your arrival. If you partake of the buffet, rest assured that the savory selections will be piping hot and the area well-maintained.

The owner, a frequent fixture in the Overland Park location, is as witty as he is welcoming, perhaps a skill learned in his former career as a New York cabbie. He is typically busy circling the restaurant, chatting with guests, clearly curious and concerned about the satisfaction of diners.

Complimentary drinks are common, whether you order them or not. You may find an interesting serving of Mango Lassi, which is a creamy drink that tastes like melted orange sherbet over ice. Or, you may find a cup of hot chai to end your meal, also on the house.

photo: Steve Puppe