Thanks so much to maillard for posting about this new place near the Mkt Basket In Somerville.Having learned to cook So Indian food w/ friends from Bangalore 30 yrs ago, I have a particular interest in it and fascination with its endless variations w/in a limited but large pantry.The South Indian restnts I have frequented in the Boston area are(beginning w/ the worst and moving upward): Pongal,Billerica;Priya , Lowell; Udipi Bhavan, Lowell; Meena's Kitchen, Nashua; ;Biryani Park, Melrose.
Per usual, we tried alot of things today.
Highlights were the:
(App) Vegetable Cutlets
Enni Kathirrika- eggplant chunks in tomato ginger; unlike any other eggplant i have had in Boston;
bright flavors (maybe some tamarind?) and some heat
Palak Paneer- spinach and paneer- best i've ever had; particularly rich and nutty flavored (i thought it was pureed cashews but the chef said no, no nuts.)
both above dosa very well executed, but potato masala lacking in cumin and not as good as many others; contains slivered cabbage
Vegetable Uthappam- tart and toothsome and well done ,per my request
Medhu Vada - very fresh and light; i just prefer them not so light
Not well executed:
Avial- Coconut and yoghurt vegetables; many woody okra; not particularly well spiced
Pesseratu- Overcooked dosa; nondistinct batter but uppama filling good
Tomato chutney- serious uggggh; like doctored ketchup
Rice- have never before had overcooked/mushy unseasoned rice . maybe they pulled it off the lunch buffet steam table (buffet had just ended before we arrived)but still, no cumin?blah.
The menu includes a number of Indo-Chinese things that we did not try.
Service was fine but rather slow, esp. w/ only one other diner there. Atmosphere 'nil cafeteria' - green walls and booths, cream linoleum, a few photos on walls.
I bet Dosa Temple will be very popular and i look forward to hearing other CH experiences there. Thanks again to maillard!
W Pearl St, Nashua, NH 03060
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