Southern Spice - YYC
Thanks to an earlier link and great review, I made an epic voyage across town to Castleridge to curb my craving for DOSA!
We grabbed a table on Friday night in a mostly packed little south indian restaurant in a new-ish castleridge strip mall. The space was formerly an Italian restaurant (I am guessing from the left over deco) Anyway, I was fortunate enough to be sitting next to a table where the owner a young Indian girl) was being interviewed, and I caught a bit of her story, but I must say I was totally distracted by the meal in front of me!
We started with a plain dosa (which I haven't had in Calgary for Years!!!!) and Dahl (which was superb!) we also enjoyed veg pokoras, a great veg biriyani, a beautiful rich and hearty eggplant curry and a butter paneer dish. (pardon my spelling....I have no idea if I have spelled these dished correctly or not)
Of course with South Indian most of the menu was veg, but they did have a few meat dishes.
The price was amazing (well worth the gas money to get there) We dined for about $40 (2 of us)
I hope you all give this place a try, as the owner seems great and spirited, and the cooking was perfect, the service was friendly and the price was perfect!
I would recommend this place to anyone in need of a south indian fix... I will be back for sure, for DOSA WED!
I"m making the trek up there on Sunday with a few friends who rave about the place. We're a group of vegetarians, so I'm glad to hear there are lots of veggie dishes. Besides that one bad review from Sleepycat, I have only heard good things about this place, so I'm very excited!
After all the good reviews, I thought it would be a shoo in for a good buffet. I am wondering however if there's a difference between night time or weekend buffet and lunch buffet. We went for the lunch buffet which runs 12 to 2 and we arrived about 1230pm. It was still at the beginning of the buffet time.
I'd like to see someone go during the week at lunch time and see what the get because I have the feeling that weekday differs from weekend. There were a number of pans that were closed off completely so that indicates that there's a bigger spread other times. My complaint dealt with the pan that were open.
OK after the SS we decided to trek over there.
Admittedly they have great dosa but everything else at the lunchtime buffet went downhill after that.
After reading a few good reviews about this place, we decided to give it try.
The place was quaint and the one server seemed quite busy. She was lamenting that she had run out of cash. Since it was still the start of the buffet hour we sat down without checking the buffet. Usually small places replenish quickly and keep small quantities out so as to keep everything fresh so we didn't think to worry about lack of food.
We sat down to a dirty table. That should have been our first clue. When we went up the buffet 2 pans were out already and what was there was quite sparse. We could tell this was a much smaller buffet but we still expected to be good. They had one meat dish and it was all the bad parts of the chicken. We tried it nevertheless. What was really bad was that we had asked the server twice if food was going to be replenished. She kept saying that it would be. How do you run out of plain rice and out of the one and only meat dish.
After another 20 minutes a few dishes were brought out. We wondered about the dishes that seemed to "soups". To make matters worse, after the cook put the food he stood there gabbing with another person almost as if to guard the rice. Even when a patron tried to get through they barely moved over.
If this is the way they try to bring in new business, I am sorry to tell him we don't be back. I never thought I would leave a buffet hungry but I guess there's always a first time for everything.