Catch Little Nepal’s Sunday vegetarian buffet

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click to enlarge GRIFFIN SWARTZELL

  • Griffin Swartzell

If I ever had to go vegetarian, I’d live and die by South Asian food, because never have I had better, more exciting meatless food than when I’ve eaten Indian and Nepalese cuisine. So we’ve got high hopes coming into Little Nepal’s southern Springs location for Sunday’s vegetarian buffet.

It’s loaded with options and includes an order of beautiful naan, toasty on one side and bubbly and buttery on the other, per table. A few of our samplings: sweet potato masala features a creamy, flavorful sauce that complements the super-tender potato chunks. Chana masala has a fruitier flavor, ever so slightly, with turmeric to spare and an overall tender texture, though not the most interesting dish we try.

Paneer makhani boasts a bright orange sauce enveloping squeaky cubes of paneer cheese, but the less-than-aromatic sauce and unseasoned paneer make for a less-impressive dish. We dig the curry sautéed cabbage, cooked tender with peas, tomatoes, onion and chickpeas, full of seasoning flavor even if it’s oversalted. But we have zero complaints about vibrant, masala-forward veggie samosas in crisp jackets, which we amp up with a dollop of sweet-savory mango chutney.

Little Nepal

1747 S. Eighth St.

Cheyenne Mountain

Colorado Springs, CO

477-6997

Indian and Asian