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Komala Vilas report (Sunnyvale)

daveena | Jul 5, 2008 11:13 AM

KV came highly recommended from a friend of mine who's a superb South Indian cook, She described waiters walking around and ladling stuff onto plates, the way they would in India - I don't know if this only happens at lunch, or during the week, but when Cicely and I went, you had to order and pay at a counter, and pick up your order when they call your name.

I really liked everything I tried, although I did hit carb overload halfway through my dosa.
1) Uppma - I could eat this all day - super-buttery, well balanced spicing. It came with a coconut chutney (with a brighter, fresher mint note than most), and a sambar.

2) Masala dosa thali - this was a little odd - instead of serving the dosa with the spiced potatoes wrapped inside, the potatoes came on the side, along with another side of fried cubed potatoes, and some potato chips. This came with a really delicious curd rice, and a good sambar rice. The dosa itself is flavorful, if not quite as crisp as I'd like. So, on one plate, that makes 3 types of potato, 2 types of rice, and a dosa (all this after splitting an order of ghee-soaked cream of wheat). Plus more coconut chutney, sambar, and a little bit of excellent achar.

I would have killed for some green vegetables, but that was a problem Cicely and I ran into in India as well - every so often we'd luck into a veg thali that had a thimbleful of stunningly delicious okra or greens... and then we'd go down another stretch of nothing but carbs and fat.

I liked this place and would like to go back when I figure out when they do the ladling thing. I will say that it was more expensive than I'd expected - three masala dosa thalis, plus an order of uppma, and three filter coffees (not as rich or intense as the ones we loved so much in Tamil Nadu, but per Cicely, much better than other ones she's had in the States) came out to $45 or so.

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