5/19/10 Priya; Unusual and Delic.Southern (and other) Indian in Lowell outskirts; $12 dinner buffet!!!
With friends from Poona, we had a really fun evening of terrific and unusual Indian food at this new place tonight. Priya serves both Southern and Northern Indian food and on Wed. night they do a Chat Buffet along with a Desi Chinese buffet. It was all vegetarian, so you veggies out there- you are going to be really thrilled with this addition to your options.
I have to say that i am extremely picky about Indian food in U.S. restaurants.From Desis (native Asian Indians living in the States) I have learned to cook a large array of Indian dishes. I was really delighted and surprised with the excellence of the food at Priya. I had not one dish that I thought 'ugh'
or mediocre, and I returned quite a number of times to the buffets, sampling everything.
Dhokla- WOW! this was a revelation!
Curried white peas
Mini poori w/array of filling choices
Desi Chinese Buffet:
Sambar- NOW i finally know how good this dish can be: thick, rich, multi layered complex flavors
Fried Idli in Sweet and Sour type sauce
fried spiced rice
egg rolls w/ cabbage, green pepper etc.
rice w/ yoghurt
there were other dishes as well; they just weren't my top favs.
Can you imagine, a DINNER buffet w/ a large variety of delicious food for $12 p.person??
we can't wait to go back. but *** WARNING: Google maps BAD for this place.***
Also, our friends told us that there's a place with great authentic lunch thali and particularly excellent dosas, at Udupi Bhavan, just down the street.
very nice, thanks for the info - can't wait to try it. We love Indian but haven't learned enough to order so a buffet is great. i don't do indian enough but love it. Thanks again. can't wait to try
After reading about Priya, we visited tonight for the tiffin buffet. Different from the chat buffet, but very good. There is a mostly-Southern Indian buffet, plus they will bring you a variety of dosa and uttapam as well.
On the buffet:
Two other chicken dishes, though I can't remember which (we only ate the vegetarian entrees)
Methi paneer (never tried this before, but delicious)
Gobi manchurian (spicier and a little less sweet than Pongal)
They also brought papadum to the table, and garlic naan, plus a selection of condiments
We were already pretty full, so only had a Mysore masala dosa and a paneer uttapam brought to us, but both were tasty. I'd never had a mysore masala dosa before, but enjoyed it.
We are big fans of Pongal's Sunday buffet--this ranks right up there. The only thing that Pongal has that my daughter really missed was the kulfi. We will definitely return, and are hoping to try the chat buffet as well.
well folks, sorry to say that it appears that Priya is inconsistent. We went back tonight and I'd rate it 5 compared to last week's 10. i guess because so many people come every Wed., they change a number of the items, and tonight, all my favs from last week-were missing. You CAN call them after5 or 6 on wed nite and get the menu for that buffet; so that's what i'll do before returning next time. Udupi Bhavan is our next visit.
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Wanted to update this even though there was very little response to this thread.We have gone to Priya maybe 6 times now; always on a Sunday night when they have dosas and uttapum- many types and all you want- in addition to the 12 dish almost- all- vegetarian buffet (which always includes 1 or 2 chicken items.) Each week the menu is different but they do repeat many items like pakora; the best rasam I have had; Poa- curd (yoghurt) rice; sweet and sour cauliflower, idli, uppama (savory cream of wheat dish). Last Sunday was the best buffet we've had yet- it included a creamy saag (spinach); a chat papri potato samosa/chickpea mixture with poori; potato masala(filling for dosa), spiced rice and chicken w/ okra.
My real addiction here, the reason I keep returning , is 2 formerly-new-to-me types of dosa.
PESARATTU is made w/ millet flour, is slightly greenish in color and has an addictive sour flavor.It usually has an uppama filling. Rava dosa is made with a thin cream of wheat batter that turns out an addictive lacy and crispy crepe.I far prefer it to the standard dosa for wrapping my potato masala filling.Their uttapum is usually very good; just sour enough (comes from not rushing the necessary fermenting of the dal and rice batter.) and they'll make it crispy/well done if you ask. Hope you'll try these when next you go.