Even though I visit our county seat several dozen times a year, it took a tip from Kattyeyes to alert me to Udupi Bhavan, a vegetarian Indian restaurant hidden in the Tradewind Plaza 2.5 miles south of town on Main St. (aka Saybrook Rd). An unpretentious decor nevertheless is quite popular with the local Indian population who were well represented at their tables the Sunday evening I stopped in for takeout.
Samosa Chat, a mashed samosa with curried chickpeas, was the favorite of my choices, but Pongal, a rice/lentil dish with Raita and curry sauces was close behind. I am not a huge fan of eggplant, like my DW, but Baigan Bartha, an eggplant dish with tomatoes, onions and mild spices, also hit the spot. Rava Masala Dosa, a humongous crepe with an oniony potato filling was just "sosa" to my taste, but some children at an adjoining table were enthusiastically polishing theirs off. I also found at the bottom of the bag a dish I don't think I ordered. It made a nice soup (but it may have been another sauce for the Pongal. These four items seemed authentic to me and were plenty for dinner for two with enough left over for two more lunches, and I didn't miss a meat dish at all.
If you are a relative tyro at Indian cuisine like myself, it is a good idea to look up the menu at
so you have some idea of what to order as you approach the counter. They are closed on Monday, but have an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch on weekends which might be an excellent way to get acquainted with their many specialties.
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