Udupi Bhavan report - South Indian vegetarian restaurant in Lowell
We had lunch at Udupi Bhavan last weekend.
We had the Kancheepurum idli, masala dosa and the South Indian thali. The dosa isn't on the menu. I asked the server what he recommended, he asked if I like spicy food and when I said yes, he said he would bring me a "surprise". It turned out to have a filling of mixed vegetable curry (potato, carrot, onion), nicely spiced. Both the idli and dosa came with sambar and chutney. The idli was good but the dosa was exceptional with nicely crisp texture and great flavors in the curry.
The thali was very good, a nice selection of different flavors and
textures from tart (yogurt) to spicy (dal, veggie curry, pickles) to sweet (payasam - vermicelli cooked in milk, honey, cardamom). It came with rice, chapati and pappadum. It made a very big meal.
Cost was reasonable - the dosa was around $8, the thali $10.50. Our
total for more food than we could eat came to about $22 before tax/tip. We took home half of the dosa.
If you're in the area and would like to sample some Indian cuisine that isn't the standard Punjabi, Udupi Bhavan is worth a visit. We intend to go back.