Around 30 of us from office wanted to go for a buffet lunch to some place new, preferably vegetarian and not too expensive... And we stumbled upon this place - Jeevan Cafe.... Cafe????? Actually, it's a pretty small restaurant, air-conditioned, quite clean and moderately priced. Has a parking area which was free when we entered at around 1:00 p.m. but choc-a-bloc when we left the place at 2.30.
The buffet had around 35 items. There was veg.clear soup with dumplings served at the table - decent, but would 've preferred lesser salt (After all, there's salt and pepper at the table for those who want extra). There were four salads, jaljeera, buttermilk, pani puri. Tasted good, felt the puris could've been crisper though.
For starters, there were potato croquettes and tandoori gobi marinated in curd and spices. Quite different compared to the usual red starters... Then, there was a very tasty pancharathna dal, some paneer subji and a bindi-padwal subji with naan and rotis. A hyderabadi dum biryani with raita - looked and smelt really good, but tasted very ok-ok...
For indo-chinese lovers, there was pepper babycorn and schezwan veg balls with chinese hakka noodles. Yummm.... My favourite of the lot was the grilled veggies-had a plethora of healthy looking veggies cooked just right and seasoned perfectly to my liking! There was a baked dish of macaroni, vegetables in a tomato base. Had to use the salt cellar at the table for this dish!!!
Also,there was manga sadham, rasam, plain rice, some vegetable curry, curd rice, papads and pickle which i didn't taste.
For dessert, there was a pineapple kesari studded with cashewnuts and kismis- ideal for those who don't prefer very sweet desserts. And hot gulab jamuns, cut fruits, a delicous rabdi and brownies...If there was something totally unacceptable, it was the brownies-tough like cardboards, completely wrong and a test for your teeth's strength. And we were told that icecreams would be served at the table - not unlimited. We were billed additionally for the extra scoops we called for!!!! Not such a sweet finish that way.... but overall the buffet for 255 rupees was VFM.