The last couple of times I was in Bozeman, I tried to eat at Mirch Masala but missed due to not being available on their open days or once when the family who owns the restaurant was in India for a wedding. So, I finally had a chance to try it!
This is a small, clean, quaint restaurant. The buffet has several options and items which are not usually seen on a buffet (or even in a restaurant). The buffet is also closer to a true Indian buffet with the platter and bowls that will remind one of thali. It is vegetarian but not all vegan (as one reviewer said). The dishes were fresh, well spiced, and supremely satisfying to one in the mood for Indian flavors. The masala is also well flavored-no watered down spices- like in some places.
It is amazing that Bozeman has two very deserving subcontinent restaurants: Mirch Masala and Saffron. Saffron is definitely a high end priced, more trendy place where I'm not sure an Indian Mom/Grandma is in the kitchen. The food is good and I do recommend Saffron. But if you want a more authentic Indian experience, complete with Zee TV, and an on-the premises Indian Mom/Grandma cooking in the kitchen-then Mirch Masala is your place.
If I lived in Bozeman, I would be frequenting this place. Also, I made a reservation (as recommended on their website) but there were several open tables so I would try stopping in (without a reservation) if you are in Bozeman. Well worth getting off Main Street for!
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