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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Casual restaurant

Sun–Thu 11:30am–2:30pm
Sun–Thu 5:00pm–9:30pm
Fri–Sat 11:30am–2:30pm
Fri–Sat 5:00pm–10:00pm

Features Kid-friendly, veg-friendly
Bar Beer, wine, BYO
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Accepted


15400 NE 20th St.
Bellevue, WA
(425) 533-2145
South Indian specialties plus all the usual suspects at dirt-cheap prices

Mayuri is a favorite of Microsoft employees, who show up for the gut-busting lunch buffet, which is well stocked with both meat and vegetarian dishes, or the equally good-value dinner thali, which comes with a main, a vegetable curry, dal, naan, rice, soup, raita, and dessert.

Spicy and sizzling are the watchwords here. And buttery—the food here can only be considered healthy if you’re on a 60 percent ghee diet. A section of the menu is devoted to South Indian cuisine, including dosai (crêpes made with mung-bean flour) stuffed with vegetable curries or more unusual (at least in these parts) combinations of cream of wheat and rice. Indeed, some of Mayuri’s best dishes are southern creations, like the spicy chicken chetynadu. Otherwise, anything from the tandoor—including the unusual (and often disappointing) fish choice of tilapia—goes over well.

Although any place with a buffet can’t be too elegant, Mayuri puts some effort into presentation. How many places with prices this low give you cloth napkins?

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