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Sinbad Mediterranean Cuisine & Buffet (Closed)

5801 Northwest Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK (Warr Acres)

Sinbad Mediterranean Cuisine on Northwest Expressway

Sinbad Mediterranean Cuisine is the latest of several buffet restaurants to occupy this building in Warr Acres that I think was originally a Pancho's Mexican Buffet (the Aztec warrior statues are still visible on the outside of the building). The transition from Taj Indian Cuisine to Sinbad in 2010, though, was not as drastic a change as some of the others that have occured. Sinbad has kept the buffet tables, furniture, and even the telephone number of Taj, and continues to serve Indian food in addition the the Mediterranean dishes that have been added.

I would like to say that the addition of Mediterranean cuisine has made the restaurant even better than when it was strictly an Indian restaurant, but many choices from Taj have been eliminated. Sinbad serves some of the more popular items that were served at Taj, but it no longer offers Indian food from the menu (which were my favorite at Taj). The Mediterranean food from the menu seems to consist mainly of meat items cooked in large quantities, and I found the buffet to be the best choice in terms of getting the best choice of food for the lowest price. The restaurant now has more variety than before, but I did not find the overall quality to be any better.

Sinbad's buffet
Sinbad's buffet has a section for meat items, a section for vegetarian food, and a section for desserts and salads

Sinbad has two buffet tables for the main entrees. The meat table is where most of the Mediterranean items are found, but also included are chicken tikka masala and other Indian dishes. The vegetarian table is almost exclusively Indian, with the home made vegetarian soups being a "must not miss" item (the variety of soup is rotated on different days). A third table provides salads, desserts, and Mediterranean side dishes such as hummus and tabouli. I find the desserts to be another "must not miss" item.

Three meats from the buffet
Gyros, chicken kabobs, and chicken kubideh from the buffet

Mediterranean style meats such as kabobs are really the specialty of the restaurant. At least I feel that to get your money's worth out of the buffet some meat items should be included. The photos shown are examples of the types of meat items available.

Of the items shown in the photo, the Chicken Kubideh was probably my favorite. This was grilled chicken that was highly spiced so that the chicken flavor was not predominant.

The Gyros was dry, but I thought it had a good flavor, and is probably excellent in most circumstances (it was probably sitting on the buffet for too long).

The Chicken Kabobs had excellent meat, but I did not like the way they were flavored with the spices used.

Persian meatballs
Persian meatballs

Persian Meatballs were the meat item that I thought had the best flavor. Either the sign on the buffet did not say or I do not remember the type of meat used, but the meat combined with the flavorful tomato sauce was excellent.

Chicken Tikka Masala was an Indian dish from the meat section that I thought had a very good flavor. Even though I did not think it was as good as the same dish that used to be served at Taj, the spice level was higher than Taj used to make it (at least on the buffet). Thus it ended up being something I enjoyed probably as much as before.

Vegetable korma
Vegetable korma

The Indian food in general at Sinbad was both my favorite and least favorite of the items from the buffet. One of the best items was the Vegetable Korma from the vegetarian section that I thought had a very good flavor. It was sweet, but curry should be a little sweet to counteract the spiciness. Still, it was not as good as the one Taj used to serve, and the difference was even more noticeable when the rice was taken into consideration.

Mushroom soup
Mushroom soup

So far the soups (served on the vegetarian table) have been the best Indian items I have found at Sinbad. Both the Mushroom Soup (shown in the photo) and Potato Soup were excellent, and with the type of soup rotated on different days I expect that anything served will be good.

The Indian style desserts were also very good, including the Golab Jamon. There were more desserts than I could try, and all of them were good. I thought the Mocha Mousse Cake was also notable.

The Indian style Basmati Rice was a disappointment compared to the other Indian food, but the Naan was very good (it tasted as if the owner was making it the same way Mani used to do at Taj Restaurant).

The items I really thought should be skipped were the Mediterranean side dishes such as tabouli and hummus (the hummus was the better of the two). Mediterranean meat items, soups, desserts, and the Persian Salad are the best items I have found, but some of them suffer from being on the buffet too long. The problem with the Indian vegetarian dishes was that there was just not enough variety of notable items for my taste.

The buffet was good from the standpoint of having enough variety to find several things that were good. I did think it was a little expensive, but I have been to other buffets that cost as much and were far less enjoyable. In my opinion both Indian and Mediterranean food is better at several restaurants where they can be ordered from the menu, but Sinbad offers a unique opportunity to combine several interesting dishes in one meal that makes it worthwhile as a dining destination.



Cuisine: Middle Eastern & Indian
Cost: $$
Hours: Open Daily
Accessible: No (handicapped spaces not marked)
Tea: Masala
Smoking: No Smoking
Alcohol: Beer
Buffet: Lunch & Dinner

Most Recent Visit
Apr. 7, 2011

Number of Visits: 2

Best Items
Persian Meatballs, Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Stew, Mushroom Soup, Potato Soup, Persian Salad, Naan, Desserts

Special Ratings
Persian Meatballs:
Lamb Stew:
Chicken Kubideh:
Chicken Kabob:
Chicken Tikka Masala:
Vegetable Korma:
Chicken Curry:
Potato Soup:
Mushroom Soup:
Basmati Rice:
Persian Rice:
Golab Jamon:
Banana Pudding:
Masala Tea: