The name in and of itself is a mouthful, too bad the food wasn’t
The host did a great job of organizing such a large group (over 30 people). Too bad the restaurant crammed us all in the back (and I couldn’t even sit with Christina who had invited me in the first place)
I did sit with some nice people and had quite an interesting conversation about the electricity usage in Iceland. However, the food, not so great.
I managed to yoink this one picture from the meetup (Credit to the meetup host):
It was quantity over quality (as with most buffets). Here’s my rundown:
-Papadum: crispy, hard to messup
-Chickpeas: salty (sitting out on the burner does that)
-Sambar: the only thing worth coming for. Nice slow burn, good spice level (at first I was complaining it wasn’t spicy enough but then the heat kicked in)
-Various soups/stews: a mix of bland or overly salty.
-Lentil doughnut: dry
-Dosa: bad filling-to-dosa ratio, good quality crepe though (nice and thin)
-rice: DRY and overcooked! Probably the worst rice I’ve had at a restaurant. I didn’t try the version with the frozen vegetables mixed in
-Puri: I didn’t even touch this after complaints from everyone at the table saying it was super oily
-Chutneys: ok, these were legit all excellent. Great tomato chutney & a cooling coconut chutney and even the infamous Pickled Lemon!
-Dessert: some gross cream of wheat stuff with raisins. Refreshing after the sambar but odd texture and too sweet (no like!)
Not to sound like a complainer but it certainly was not the greatest meal (and for $18 it was kind of a ripoff). I think I’ll stick with House of Dosa’s until I find a better South Indian place (Go to Dosa Monday! You know you want to!)
-service: n/a (buffet, dude walked around with fresh Puri’s and Dosa’s though, he was nice)
-Ambiance: 7/10. efficient place, clean, no frills
-Price: 4/10 (not worth it)
-Food: 5/10 (I didn’t get sick at least)