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Monday, June 21, 2010

#72: The Lunch Buffet at Mayuri

Posted By on Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 3:30 PM

The lunch buffet at Mayuri in Creve Coeur - IAN FROEB
  • Ian Froeb
  • The lunch buffet at Mayuri in Creve Coeur
Is it cheating to name the whole buffet rather than a single dish? Well, it is my list. And I never spelled out the rules. (There are a few.) But the buffet is why I return to Mayuri again and again. The selection is terrific, with both buffet classics like chicken tikka masala and less familiar dishes like goat curry.

If I must choose one dish here, the goat curry might be it, pungent and spicy, with tender meat that slides right off the bone. But I'm also a fan of the chana masala, chickpeas in a medium-hot tomato-based sauce with a tart citric note. Honorable mention goes to the dosa brought to you from the kitchen (without asking!). The large, thin pancake wrapped around seasoned vegetables might not be the best thing you'll eat at Mayuri, but in a town lousy with Indian lunch buffets, it's extra little steps like these that make the difference.

12513 Olive Boulevard, Creve Coeur
$9.99 Mon.-Fri., $10.99 Sat.-Sun.

I'm counting down -- in no particular order -- 100 of my favorite dishes in St. Louis. Some are well-known, others obscure. Some are expensive, others dirt cheap. All of them, I guarantee, are delicious. Please do not hesitate to share your own favorites via the comments thread.


#73: Fried chicken (spicy) at Porter's Fried Chicken
#74: Arancini at Lorenzo's Trattoria
#75: Meat shawarma at The Vine Mediterranean Café & Market
#76: The South Side Smoke at sandwich at Stellina Pasta Café
#77: Falafel at Kabob House
#78: A slice with pepperoni at Feraro's Jersey-Style Pizza
#79: Birria at Pueblo Nuevo
#80: Banh mi dac biet at Phuc Loi

#81: Prosciutto bianca pizza at the Good Pie
#82: Gold Coast Chocolate ice cream at Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream
#83: Hot salami (salam de testa) at Gioia's Deli
#84: Veal parmesan sandwich at Biggie's
#85: Nachos (with jalapeños and extra cheese cup) at Busch Stadium
#86: Lobster bisque at Café Ventana
#87: Calamari fritti at Mangia Italiano
#88: Brisket sandwich at Winslow's Home
#89: Paletas at La Vallesana 2
#90: Spaghetti and meatballs at Sugo's Spaghetteria

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