Taj Indian Buffet is open for business.
Alex Hirani grew up in Hyderabad in southern India and has brought, with the help of his parents, the cuisine of the subcontinent to Bartow County.
“Our buffet features most of the staples of Indian cuisine,” Hirani said. “And we offer our food in various versions from very mild to very spicy.”
Steam rises from the servers filled with brightly colored dishes of Indian dishes — Gobi aloo, buttered chicken, gulab jamun, aloo sag tandoori chicken and, of course, curries.
“Indian cuisine with its spices and natural ingredients clears the system,” Hirani said, “and especially important with our summer temperatures and humidity — it acts as a cooling system as well.”
Still, Hirani said most Americans are reluctant to try foods that are unfamiliar.
“People come in all the time and I offer them samples of our food,” he said. “They make that funny face and say, ‘It’s too spicy for me.’ I say to them, ‘Give it a try, you will like it.’”
One man came in, Hirani said, and expressed his concerns but finally caved in and agreed to try it.
“He took home three plates,” Hirani chuckled. “The next day he came back for lunch and again for dinner. He is now a regular customer.”
Taj Indian Buffet is located at 2290 Highway 411, across the street from Harley Davidson of Cartersville, and is open for dine in or take out every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Telephone: 770-606-0404.