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(West Hartford) Cosmos International

Bad Sneakers Feb 2, 2007 04:59 AM

Cosmos International on Farmington Ave (inWest Hartford, just over the border from Hartford) is a wonderful source for a wide variety of Subcontinental and (to a lesser extent) Middle Eastern food items. In the back there's a small selection of prepared foods. I like to pick up a few vegetable samosas from there once a week or so. They have several sources and the ones I've tried vary quite a bit. Prices range from about 75-85c per samosa. Samosa mini-review:

Shaheen's: These are by far my favorite. Large, with good heat and a complex flavor (not just heat+salt like some samosas). These guys crisp up nicely when heated up in the oven. Fairly salty and a bit oily.

Rajbhog: Not bad at all, though the flavor isn't as complex as Shaheen's and the shell isn't as crispy. Slightly lower heat level. I believe these are their biggest sellers.

Kabab King: I was very disappointed in these. They looked promising from the outside - large, nice crispy shell, smelled great. My problem with these samosas was the inclusion of very large chunks of onion and pepper. Even though I fished them out they completely overwhelmed the other flavors. My declaration that "I've never met a samosa I didn't like" had finally been challenged.

Anyone have any favorites from Cosmos? Must try prepared or packaged foods?

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    chefstu RE: Bad Sneakers Feb 2, 2007 05:41 AM

    What's the address, I'd like to check it out?

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      Bad Sneakers RE: chefstu Feb 2, 2007 07:31 AM

      Sorry, I should have included that in my post.
      770 Farmington Ave
      West Hartford
      (860) 232-6600

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      Uncledave RE: Bad Sneakers Feb 2, 2007 06:48 AM

      It's a great place. The dishes they make on premises are wonderful. They normally have about a dozen choices: saag paneer, okra, eggplant, chix tikka masala, goat curry, vindaloos, etc.

      I get piles of it and fill up my freezer.

      Recent thread on this place: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/34549...

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        sprinklez RE: Bad Sneakers Feb 9, 2007 07:56 PM

        i had some of their spicy cashews.. simply excellent

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          joaniebaby RE: Bad Sneakers Feb 11, 2007 06:03 PM

          Cosmos has excellent humus and stuffed grape leaves. The phyllo and honey pastry with the whole pistachios in the center is phenomenal. (I can't remember the name) My daughter is a big fan of the gyros. It is all very very good.

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            joaniebaby RE: joaniebaby Feb 11, 2007 06:07 PM

            Sorry, I'm thinking of Tangiers International. love Cosmos too, but don't have a favorite dish.

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