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Pongol or Vatan

dkstar1 Apr 19, 2005 05:22 PM

Going to one of these two tonight.

A vote will decide which one I need to go to first.

If I go to Vatan, I'll try everything (prix fixe all you can eat). If I go to Pongol, what should I try/avoid?



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    Evan RE: dkstar1 Apr 19, 2005 05:54 PM

    I'm far from an expert, but I went to Vatan once a few years ago. it was a fun experience, maybe a little kitschy. All the walls have murals of villages on them. You take off your shoes before eating and sit in raised booths on pillows. I think some booths may even have curtains around them. I remember enjoying the food and being pleasantly surprised that I left full from a vegetarian restaurant. I can't remember specifics but there was a puffy bread with a spicy marmalade-type sauce that I got seconds off. Service was relaxed and pleasant. Good Taj Mahal beer.

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      Spoony Bard RE: dkstar1 Apr 19, 2005 06:34 PM

      Just today a native of Madras (Chennai) recommended Pongol to me. To judge his taste, he rates Chennai Garden as only so-so.

      I say check out Pongol and report back! If not I'll do the same when I can get to it.

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        dkstar1 RE: Spoony Bard Apr 19, 2005 06:55 PM

        okay, thanks! I've lived next door to it for a year now, might as well. Thanks.

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        Caitlin McGrath RE: dkstar1 Apr 19, 2005 09:33 PM

        Of the veg places on that block of Lex, I like Udipi Palace best. It's a bit more expensive, but I've found the food good there. I've had too many stale tasting and/or badly spiced dishes at Pongal to want to return.

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          josh L RE: dkstar1 Apr 20, 2005 12:04 PM

          vatan is really lame. i'd stay away.

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            lycheetini RE: dkstar1 Sep 22, 2006 05:35 AM

            vatan is ok for a one time deal.. that's it... cant keep going there..
            there are much better restaurant along lex in the 20s

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