Embarrasssingly I live a three minute drive from Dakshin and have never gone. A glowing review from HarpOOn gave me the push I needed. Apologies for the spottiness of the report. We brought our 18 month old who was tired when we arrived and deteriorated quickly, so I'll do my best to remember it all.
We got both the veg and non veg menus and I was skeptical, as I always am, of restaurants that try to do too many regions of one cuisine. I need not have been.
We started out with the meat mamosa. perfectly spiced, moist chopped lamb encased in crisp yet pillowy dough that managed to be buttery but not at all greasy. Heavenly!
A masala dosa bigger than the table was also quite good with more mustard seed than I'm used to but who's complaining. The two standard accompaniments (dal and coconut) were joined by a third, a beautiful tomato-chili sauce with a perfect balance of spice to sweet.
The Grand Dakshin Platter included Chicken Tikka, Narmi Kebab, Seekh Kebab, Fish Tikka and Jingha Kebab. All were differently and ably spiced (the chicken and fish especially tongue tingling) and all were cooked to a turn.
Palaak Paneer is our toddler's favorite, and their version is quite simply the best I've ever had. Reminded me a bit of the Jackson Diner's version but even better.
My only complaint is that it's a bit run down, and that bar next to it is incongruous and a bit skeevy.
If you have not been here, go immediately. I did have some questions that didn't get answered as toddler was busy walking around the dining room: What are idlis? Uttappams? Vadas? Bondas?