After reading the review in the Seattle PI (http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/food/87...) for the Udupi Palace at Crossroad Mall, my husband and I decided to give it a try for lunch today.
I ordered the Thali and my husband ordered the Dosa with curried potatoes and onions. As the writer in the PI mentioned, it was hard to know exactly what you were getting, though our waiter did make an effort to explain the different dishes!
The Thali consisted of a huge metal plate filled with small metal dishes containing curries/soup/rice and even a desert. A small metal dish on top had a chapati, rice, a very good yogurt and cucumber sauce (is it called raita?), chutney and another side dish that had a yogurty/cottage cheese texture (it was also very good mixed into the curries).
The curries were wonderful - it's hard to know all of the ingredients but one was a tomato based curry with chickpeas, one was a vegetable curry that was creamy and made onions taste much better than they normally do! There were a few other curries - all delicious. There were three different rices, one had a mix of spices in it and possibly coconut, one had peas in it and one tasted somewhat like couscous! I initially thought the desert was the daal (looked sort of like it) but it turned out to be sweet, coconutty with nuts. Not only was it an incredible meal but it was huge!!!! There was no way I could get near finishing it - and it was only $8.95.
My husband got the dosa special with curried potatoes and onions. It was also huge (he couldn't finish it) and came with a small bun (like the dough from a steamed humbow) and a fried onion/potato puff. A side of curry sauce and raita also came with the order. Agian, delicious!!!!!
We would definitely recommend this restaurant to chowhounders. Not knowing the cuisine made the experience an adventure - a very good tasting one!