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Jul 6, 2010 12:36 PM

Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe in Chapel Hill now open

I called to confirm. Here's the website & menu:

Looks like a modest menu to start. The BBQ plate is an interesting offering. I see samosa chaat and malai kofta in my near eating future...

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  1. It's been open for about a week or so as far as I know, but I haven't been yet.

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    1. re: burgeoningfoodie

      I love roti; anyone want to go together?

      1. re: Rory

        I do! I live in Chapel Hill and am around all week so any day except Saturday (son's birthday) works for me.

        1. re: bbqme

          I'll join but I'm going to go for small and not too spicy... gotta watch my manly figure.

        2. re: Rory

          I'd love to join, if possible.

      2. The BBQ plate is genius; I could use that as bait to get my husband to come with me - otherwise I'd have a hard time convincing him to try this place. :)

        1. The official Grand Opening is this Saturday.

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          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

            I'm a chapel hill-ite too;
            so let's make a day:) Tuesday/ Wednesday dinner? I'm now actively dying for some roti

            1. re: Rory

              How about 6:30 next Tuesday?

              1. re: bbqme

                sounds good but best do this off of the forum.

          2. We had the Vegetarian Thali and Samosa Chole Chaat. Really unbelievably good - lived up to the considerable hype around Vimila. Will definitely go again. The flavors were very crisp, fresh, and distinctive, unlike most Indian I've had before.

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            1. re: splendidmike

              Bbqme; tues, 6:30 works for me and my Dad!

                1. re: bbqme

                  Wish I was able to come. Husband (aka LulusDad) only just home from a week away, and I kind of feel like we need to have some family dinners. Please report on everything! Sorry I'll miss you all (hi Rory!).

              1. re: splendidmike

                We were there on Wednesday evening. It was lovely.I agree that the flavors were fresh and distinctive. I had a chole roti roll and my husband had the Vegetarian Thali, both excellent. Sitting outside was a bonus. Highly recommended. Can't wait to go back.

                1. re: alexig

                  those were the 2 items I'm really keen on trying so, thanks for the reports See everyone Tuesday!

              2. Had dinner there Tuesday with Rory and her dad. I really wanted to like this place because of Vimala's story and her heart being in the right place with respect to the local farmers and the community. But the food was hit or miss-- sadly, mostly miss. I had the veg thali, adding both the malai kufta and tandoori chicken. I really enjoyed the spinach dish and the cole slaw. The tandoori chicken was good, the chicken breast remained moist. But the other dishes, like the eggplant and the chole (I tried some of Rory's), I kept thinking something was was...bland. The malai kufta was disappointing; malai means cream-based curry but it tasted vinegary, more like vindaloo kufta, except without the spiciness of vindaloo that makes it interesting. The menu is also very limited.

                I am not writing this place off but I would like to see them expand the menu a little bit and be more bold with their flavoring and spicing (oh Greenleaf how I miss you so!). Perhaps a visit to the Indian food truck in Durham will give them a better idea of how they should spice their food. I did enjoy the freshness of their food. They really differentiate themselves from other Indian joints in this regard.

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                1. re: bbqme

                  Maybe she is worried about spicing it up in fear of turning others away?

                  1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                    Quite possible, but spicing it up doesn't necesarily mean making things hotter. I'd like her food to have more of a flavor punch.

                  2. re: bbqme

                    How disappointing! Without the spice, what is the point? Hope she hears this criticism and makes changes. Thanks for the review.

                    1. re: bbqme

                      I can't agree with you more, bbqme.
                      Dinning there Wednesday and we had Pakoras, Plantains, and Samosa Chole Chaa. Didn't notice we had two fried items, and it turned out fine because their crust was awesome. The sauces (tamarind & cilantro-mint chutney) came with Pakoras was, however, not as distinct as the veggie, super fresh and even kind of juicy. I was more disappointed by the samosa, which was so light-flavored and over-freshing. It made me wonder if I was misled by the previous experience of the fully spiced with hot aftertaste stuffing. The plantains in crust was my favorite of the day, although the sweet yogurt sauce remained mild.
                      I like this place in terms of the story behind and the atmosphere/environment. My partner, unlike me, enjoyed the gentleness of the food. Somehow, I kept thinking about Green Leaf during the meal. I know close to nothing about Indian food but couldn't forget the strong complexity and bombarded balance presented in every dish of Green Leaf. Miss them so much.

                      1. re: saragirl

                        I was there for their "Grand Opening" It was flavorful, but I also know nothing about Indian cooking. I tried her Cardamom brownie as a dessert but it wasn't anything special. It was a brownie and I tasted no cardamom. I will say it was soft and tasty, but I expected more. I hope with time she'll get the correct proportions of spices and all to recreate her home cooking if she is using larger bowls at the restaurant.

                      2. re: bbqme

                        Hi bbqme...I'm very curious. What is the "Indian food truck" you refer to in your post? Thanks!