masala dosa - lentil crepe filled with potatoes, onions, peppers and spices. served with a coconut sambal. light flaky outside with a hearty filling inside. it was decent and satisfying but I've had better elsewhere.
sambar vada - small black bean donut floating in a light yogurt based sambal. the donut itself was soft, moist and tasty but the sambal was kind of plain. I enjoyed dipping the donut in the red chili sambal instead
potato chaat - small tangy salad of diced potatoes, red onoins, chickpeas and spices mixed together. served room temperature. this was really good. it was able to stand alone and work well mixed with the other food
vegetable samosa - your average vegetable samosa. I figured I might as well try one since it was all of .75 cents. nicely stuffed and fried well. I enjoyed it with the red chili sambal. not much different than samosas I've had elsewhere
mango lassi - this was REALLY good. I've been to countless Indian restaurants that served lassis that were too thick, too sweet, not sweet enough, etc. Punjabi Dhaba did a great job with this one. it was the perfect blend and texture. they stood pre-made in a fridge next to the counter. the usual choice of mango or salty. I noticed pink drinks pre-made next to the lassis. I assumed they were strawberry ones but I'm not sure. didn't say anything about strawberry lassis on the menu. I should have asked. anyone know?
The place is small but quaint and full of atmosphere. Lots of people coming in and out at all times. I loved the old black and white Bollywood movie playing on the tv. The service was fast and friendly. It can get a little overwhelming at times with all the people.
I enjoyed my meal but I wouldn't rush back. It seems more of a snack type place to stop and get a quick bite to eat (which is what a Dhaba is). I was, however, tempted to order one of their meals. The goat sounded good. Perhaps next time.
Oh! They get bonus points for having HUGE COLOR take-out menus. Easily accessible right on the countertop too. This is always a definate plus with me
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