I finally got around to trying Dimple on 30th St. after reading about it around here a lot. I was ready for some good chow but I was unprepared for the decor which was like a former adult video store with neon lights and circus tent=like drapings. The whole place looked a bit down it was 5 so maybe the food was just sitting from lunch too. The people were friendly enough. I just don't know how you'd choose what to get with so many options on the menu, is the steam table lunch easier?
I had my first Dosa which I was surprised to find was not constructed like a wrap sandwich as I naively had imagined but rather a crepe. I got a rava masala dosa(there were no descriptions on the menu and millions to choose from but I remember reading about that one here) which seemed to be a nicely spiced curried potato mash, it wasn't as cashew laden as I would have liked but was very satisfying for seven dollars with a side of a spicy tomato based soup and some pickles. The whole thing was a lot less composed than I had imagined but again I guess I had just been dreaming of something else.
For a beverage I went for the lemon cooler thinking it would soothe my sore throat. They said it was a homemade fresh lemon beverage. I paid my three dollars for it and got a good laugh when I watched the woman behind the counter emptied a fresca into a styrofoam cup and squeeze some lemon on top and threw in a few dried spices. An odd combo of flavors (artificial sweetener, fenugreek?, cumin? lemon) but it was pretty refreshing, just not worth three dollars for a doctored commercial product.
I'd like to try Dosas elsewhere to see how they compare in taste and composition. Any Manhattan choices?