Favorite Indian started out as a tiny restaurant on A Street just east of 2nd Street in Hayward. They had a killer-value lunch buffet that was small but soooo cheap and very tasty. I guess they’ve been doing well because they’ve moved into a far larger location just near the intersection of Jackson, Mission, and Foothill. Flashback to the past – this new facility used to be Sizzler, then Perko’s Cafe, followed by El Rancho Steakhouse, then maybe something else – anyone? Where are my locals?
Anyway, moving away from Hayward Historical Trivia (which I’m probably not very good at), Favorite Indian has moved to the big time, so to speak. They’ve really done-up the old Sizzler (it will forever be Sizzler to me) nicely with dark colors and a sophisticated theme. It looks great.
And being that I’d only experienced the lunch buffet at the other place, I don’t know if the menu is the same as before. But it’s a very professional looking menu with lots of choices – and it’s Indian, so there’s plenty of veggie stuff, of course. The prices are reasonable – about $7 for an a la carte veggie dish – but we decided to go for something more exciting – the dinner combos.
A veggie dinner combo is priced at $11.95 typically, and meat combos are about a dollar more. The combo is so much more fun that I can hardly describe it properly. It includes: soup and papadams with dipping sauce in addition to your main dish, rice, naan, and then five small side dishes including the daily curry, some other curry, red saucy stuff, white saucy stuff, and a sweet and delicious dessert ball. Forget the crappy description, a picture can tell a thousand words:
The combo wasn’t exactly cheap, but if you think about it, you’ll probably order rice anyway ($2) and naan ($1.50) along with your main dish ($7), and by that time you may as well pay the extra $1.50 to get all the fun sides also. At least that’s what I think. And I was hungry so what the heck. While boyfriend and I normally can finish two main dishes with rice and naan, all the extra little sides of the combo left a whole lot of our main dishes remaining this time. So, we even have another meal to have at home, and all for under $30.
The service was extremely attentive this visit, so I want to give it the highest rating. But, I have to say that there was very little pizazz in the demeanor of the wait staff. They were polite, they were helpful, they did their jobs pretty much flawlessly; but they didn’t seem very excited. I know it’s an odd complaint, but I feel like if they’re not excited to be there (or at least pretending to be), why should I? But it didn’t detract from the experience at all, just a random thing I noticed.
I’m certainly happy with the new and improved location and the quality and taste of the food at Favorite Indian, and I will most certainly be back for the famed all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, and maybe even the weekend dinner buffet! Note that you can also enjoy Favorite by ordering online and via free delivery. I’ll have to try that sometime on a lazier day…