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ErstwhileEditor | Oct 18, 2004 09:50 AM

Soooooooo, I gather from the lack of response that you folks are not too interested in Namaskar in Davis Sq. Nonetheless, let me tell you about our brunch there yesterday....

Daughter and I were a bit tired of dim sum, esp. since I have carted orts home and eaten them during the week, so we decided to trek to Namaskar yesterday morning. We were there when it opened at 11:30. The buffet was totally stocked then, and the items were, as one would hope at the beginning, nice and fresh.

I did not have CTM or tandoori chicken, since I have now tried those twice, and they are fine. (Well, the CTM is about on a par with Gourmet India's--not the absolute best, but on the good side, and my daughter will survive eating it.) Instead, I wanted to try items that I had not seen during my two forays during the week. Here are some of the things they had, which I jotted short notes on:

Kadai (?) Paneer--this was a bit weak in flavor; tasted like the veggies had exuded too much liquid. (Note: the Paneer and the Kofta were on the same card, and I hope I have not mixed up their names.)

Chef Special Veggies--very nice and fresh (of course, as I said, I was there right when they opened, and this must change as the items sit there). I REALLY like Namaskar's veggies! (There are even more veggie offerings on the lunch buffet--like okra, which was extremely good.)

Surmai Kofta--well, I thought I had made a big mistake and gotten a sausage, but much to my (pleasant) surprise, this was a vegetarian kofta (made of wheat? besan? ??) in a sort-of sweet (kormas-esque) sauce. Yummy.

Uttampams--I was thrilled to see these, since I gather they are only a sometimes thing. Also, my local source for uttapams has stopped offering them. :-( Anyway, these were smaller than the usual, and seem to have been done with more oil, like I imagine myself doing them. They tasted just perfect!!!!! Unfortunately, the accompanying sambhar was rather lackluster, but, truth be told, I do not need sambhar with my uttapams.

Lamb Curry--I was afraid, as I spooned this onto my plate, that the lamb was hard and tough, but it wasn't. Decent, but not exciting. (I was too excited by the uttapams and the koftas though!)

Hakka Noodles--(I thought Hakka were Chinese, but I suppose there are Chinese in India)--okay, not terrifically interesting. These were interlaced with cilantro and veggies.

Veggie Biryani--probably decent, but this isn't "my thing".

Naan--freshly baked for no extra charge, is somewhat variable. The first time I had it, it was just okay, the second time, it was excellent, and this time it was sort-of in between. (I like a nice ratio of charred and noncharred areas, of crispy and soft textures. Maybe I am all wrong, but that's how *I* like it.)

Gulab Jamun--even more sweet and syrupy than usual, and lacking in cardamom (essential) and rose water (nonessential) flavor. Still, an okay ending to the meal.


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