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5 Star Restaurant aka Four Star Indian cuisine fka 5 Star Tattukada aka Keralan in a candy store

stuartlafonda | Feb 10, 201012:52 PM

Sorry for the name confusion but they still distribute takeout menus with the old name and address They are now located at 247 Jericho Tpke New Hyde Park

This Sunday I finally got a chance to try the buffet. With the understanding that I have only had Keralan twice and know nothing of the cuisine......

Saturday and Sunday 11-3 $9.95 beverages and Poori/Porotha/Chapathi/Naan are extra.

Palappam- made to order in a teflon skillet on a sterno, they were pretty bland. I'm sure something else on the buffet goes with it but the guy cooking them spoke no english.
Aviyal-- some vegetables in a milky white liguid suspension. I could not taste the vegetables and this was very bland as well
Thoran cabbage- much better. A good spice mix with nice crunch and some black seeds scattered about the dish.
Thoran Shrimp-- despite the similar name was a completely different Thoran. Little shrimp somehow not overcooked dotted the yellow mixture that I was told was coconut. Not at all sweet with a little heat. Excellent
5 Star Spicy Potatoes-- my name for the dish. Small cubes of crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside potatoes in a spicy pepper mix. I asked one of the young waiters the name of the dish and he said it is just something the guys in the kitchen like to eat. Excellent
Beef Curry-- small cubes of meat, no bone, grizzle or fat in a mild dark brown sauce. I had to add some red pepper condiment to heat it up. With the addition of the aforementioned potatoes it was excellent.
King Fish Curry and Kappa- offered from different pans the waiter suggested I eat it together, he was correct. I easily found large chunks of bone free fish in the red, oily curry. I ladled it over the kappa that I was told was yucca. Although I don't love fin fish this was pretty good.
Chicken Tikka Masala-- as the waiter pointed it out he laughed with me and said " I know its not what we do, but everyone loves it' Indeed, every person at the table of six next to me had it on their plate. It was very good.
Desserts-- They has gulab jamun that I passed on as I don't like that dish. I opted for a small cakey wite disc in a milky broth, name unknown. Once again, not my kind of dessert

All in all interesting, some good things and a nice change of pace. It is likely that the ala carte menue may yield better results but this was a nice way to sample the cuisine. Place was busy with other patrons and a brisk take out business. Will I return? Yes and with the chicken tikka and naan I can bring the kids.

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