After discovering and subsequently falling in love with South Indian cuisine only a few months ago (where had you been all my life?), the quest for Dosa has continued. If you have not seen the Netflix series, "Raja, Rasoi aur anya Kahaniyaan" (Kings, Kitchens and their Stories), it is a wondrous food trip around that continent which opened my mind to the possibilities. Anyway, I feel like my partner and I have stumbled across a hidden gem in Mayuri Indian Cuisine. Located in one of the unlovely industrial park concrete complexes along with carpet and light fixture warehouses in Newton, Mayuri is a comfortable, clean and modern restaurant, once you get inside. Arriving on a busy Saturday afternoon to a near full house, we were quickly and comfortably seated. It was hard to decide but there are a few lunch combinations that allow you to try a nice cross section of the kitchen's fare.
|South Indian Dosa Platter|
The South Indian Dosa Platter (We ordered the Mysore Masala Dosa) comes with Idli, Vada and Sambar. The dosa filling was a flavorful mixture of potato, onion, tumeric, black mustard seed and I couldn't even guess what other spices. It was not overpowering and did not take away from the excellent crepe that contained it. The vada, a doughnut of chick pea flour (again, I'm guessing here) was crispy and delicious and perfect when dipped in the sambar.
Thali is a round platter (ours was more rectangular) specially for serving several small tastes. Brilliant ! This one came with a couple of puffy Poori, right out of the deep fryer and a pappad for dipping and scooping. The small dishes included 2 rice preparations, tastes of okra, bottle gourd, chickpeas and a dal. there was an excellent hot lime pickle (my partner liked everything else but she just could not endorse the lime pickle!) a refreshing yogurt concoction and a very tasty desert cake that was nicely sweet with almonds and cardamom.
Also served with one or the other of the platters (not entirely sure which ) was a wonderful rich coconut dip which could easily have been purely freshly grated coconut and its milk alone. Pure strong coconut flavour. It was accompanied by a rich spicy tomato based sauce which succeeded in making me sweat!
|Coconut and Spicy dipping sauces|
All including tax and tip came to under $30 which seems like a bargain for what we enjoyed. Management seemed a little distracted (I would have enjoyed hearing their story) but our server and hostess were very nice, attentive and responsive to my many questions. Give this place a try!
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