Vishnu Indian Food Buffet

Indian Food Orange County

The buildings that line Sky Park Circle, an Irvine industrial park near John Wayne Airport, is sneaky interesting for food. The original location for increasingly popular Blackmarket Bakery currently houses Arnabel International (oils, vinegars, and cookies), Le Bon Gouter (ice cream) and Panini Hospitality Group (Panini Cafe’s corporate headquarters). The most interesting cog in the culinary wheel belongs to Vishnu, an Indian catering company that’s provided a weekday lunch buffet to nearby office workers since 2013.

Owner Ram Kadiyala is from Hyderabad. His compact space touts white walls lined with two versions of Nighthawks – the Edward Hopper original and a “Simpsons” twist. They fill steam tables with colorful food and provide table service for water and bread.

Each tray, which costs $7.41, features five compartments, with the largest impression designed for vegetable rice. I also piled on flame-red butter chicken, a spicier, equally tender chicken curry, tiny roasted eggplants coated in peanut sauce, saag paneer with minced spinach and chunks of farmers cheese. I also could have gone in other directions, with fried jalapenos, chickpeas, and lentils in the mix as well. I enjoyed a lacy dosa, though potato-filled dosas and naan were also possible. House-made sauces included mint chutney, a red chutney, and seasoned yogurt. Dessert consisted of cooling rice pudding studded with raisins.

Address: 17945 Sky Park Circle, Irvine, CA 92614

Joshua Lurie

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