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Do any hounds out there have anything to say about the Ayurveda Cafe on the UWS? (Amsterdam, in the 90s, methinks.) Menupages doesn't list it, and Google only turned up a bunch of outdated reviews. So...any ayurvedic chowhounds out there, or is that a contradiction in terms?

Stay cool.

--T

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  1. It's hard to review, because the menu changes all the time and you don't get to pick. But it's cheap, good, and healthy. And once in a while, it's nice to give in to the set-menu gimmick.

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    1. re: piccola

      What they serve is thali, which, I can assure you, is no gimmick - its been around for ages. It consists of a sampling of a variety of dishes, all served together in small bowls on a silver platter. At Ayurveda this consists of an appetizer (usually pakora), chutneys, two vegetables, dal, yoghurt, salad, basmati or brown rice, nan, and dessert (served separately). It is always good and you can have as much as you like. I think it is liberating to NOT have to order and just surrender to the thali of the day. By the way, depending on who's blending, the lassis can be very good: a little sweet, a little tart, and very cold and fresh.

      1. re: Skillet Licker

        Sorry, I wasn't clear. I didn't mean the thali concept - basically a balanced meal put together by the server. I meant the fact that you don't choose the menu. Thali is a fairly common offering in Indian restaurant, but there are usually other options.

    2. Brilliant. Hope to give it a try soon. Will report back if I do.

      Thanks for the replies. Stay cool.

      --T

      1. Tasteless, mediocre, faux-Indian food. Perhaps because it's too "healthy". I gave it 2 chances several years ago.

        http://petercherches.blogspot.com

        1. By the way, if you're looking for good Indian veg.:

          Vatan (upscale)- Gujarati thali
          Sukhadia's - Multi-regional buffet with a basis in Gujarati

          The next 3 are South Indian in Curry Hill:
          Saravanaas
          Dosa Hut
          Chennai Garden

          South Indian in East Village:
          Madras Cafe

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          1. re: Peter Cherches

            Thanks for the list, Peter.

            --T

          2. No valve for what you pay for, I've had better in almost every East Indian Restaurant. Plus, I was not impress with the Hygiene of the place. The food is stored in a hot table on the way to the rest rooms. There is no sneeze/cough barrier with the food and the people going to the restrooms.

            1. If you are expecting a huge flavorful, salty meal, this is not the place for you. The food is very lightly seasoned and is more concerned with healthfulness as opposed to flavor. The food is equivalent to eating those "medicinal" dishes of Korea or China -- eg. sam gae tang, congee cooked with red dates and dang gui. The main purpose of eating it isn't to tantalize your taste buds.

              That said, I love Ayurveda Cafe because it's more like the food I eat at home -- lighter, not too salty. I leave that place feeling full but not bloated, nourished and content. In order to appreciate it, you need to look at it differently than, say, a restaurant like Chola.