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Ragam, Fitzrovia, London


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Ragam, Fitzrovia, London

limster | | Feb 21, 2009 03:19 PM

Very good masala dosa - thin and crisp, with a very slight and soft undertone of sourness in some of the thicker parts. Fairly good filling - soft potato with pleasant spicing -- flavours of curry leaf and mustard seed. The two varieties of coconut chutney were better than most I've had -- a clean nutty coconut base for both, one green and minty/herbaceous, one orange/red with more spicy chilli overtones. A fruity, sour sambar, the prominent tamarind integrating nicely with the spices, maybe a hint of ginger somewhere. They come together extremely well, the nutty toasty chutneys, the tangy sambar, the dry woodsy spicing on the potato -- it's the type of clean, balanced composition that would cost 5-10x more in a "fine dining" restaurant.

The salty lassi belongs to the thinnish liquid variety, with a dusting of cumin on the surface.

Payasam is achingly sweet as it should be, sugar and cardamom carrying the watery rice and cream/milk with raisins and cashews.