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Udupi Palace

Viola | Apr 11, 2004 07:21 AM

Located in Little India, Udupi Palace is one of a number of chains of vegetarian Indian restaurants across North America.

I am a neophyte to the dosa and asked a friend to introduce me to a good dosa. I knew that this was a wonderful restaurant because of all the reviews about the quality of the food, the cleanliness of the restaurant, and the service provided. The venue itself is cavernous. You could hold a dance in there though there are very few pieces of artwork adorning the walls. And I must mention how clean the washrooms are!

It also doesn't hurt that the food is cheap! You can spend $16.50 tax and tip and be totally satiated. This included a mango lassi, appetizers, main dish, and kulfi that was shared.

Started off with an assorted appetizer plate featuring a number of battered items. Amazingly, there was no greasiness to any of these morsels. I stayed away from the deep fried chili pepper. Loved the lentil and vegetable fritters. (Sorry that I don't know the names of these things but will learn them as I return to the restaurant.)

The dosa was delicious. It reminded me of a giant crepe. Mine was filled with onions, coriander, and potatoes. Deliciously spiced and not overpowering in any respect. The cost of this dish was $5.95. The most expensive dosa was $7.95.

My friend suggested that a first-timer avoid the paper dosa only because this thing is gigantic and very, very flakey. You are supposed to "anchor" it down with some of the lentil soup and coconut raita that accompanies the dish. Good idea because in watching others tackle this rather large cone filled dish, you could easily lose your food to another table as you break it apart.

I highly recommend Udupi Palace to anyone who ventures to Little India. Quality food at cheap prices. You can go for a walk afterwards to the Beaches to walk off the meal!

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