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nasilemak Oct 13, 2010 12:26 PM

Where else, apart from The Pongal, can i find all you can eat dosas, in lunch (or dinner) buffets in the greater Boston area?

  1. Prav Oct 13, 2010 12:39 PM

    The lunch buffet (on the weekend, at least) at Bukkhara in Jamaica Plain, had a dude cookin up dosas non-stop, but that restaurant is so terrible, I wouldn't go there anyway.

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      justbeingpolite Oct 13, 2010 12:44 PM

      Priya, at Drum Hill in Chelmsford (next to Pho 88) was doing this. Haven't been in a little while, though.

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        whs Oct 13, 2010 06:58 PM

        omg, I go into carb coma after one masala dosai. How many can you eat?

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          FoodDabbler Oct 13, 2010 07:08 PM

          The all-you-can-eat ones tend to be minis.

      2. Luther Oct 13, 2010 01:57 PM

        Kebab Factory in Somerville will bring out a plate of dosa while you're eating your self-serve buffet food. I'm not sure how many times you can ask for a refill.

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        The Kebab Factory
        414 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

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          opinionatedchef Nov 10, 2011 11:58 PM

          luther, i was shocked to read this just now. Is this still the case? i have never been offered a dosa there, just the naan basket.

          1. re: opinionatedchef
            barleywino Nov 11, 2011 03:02 AM

            this might be something they only do on weekends. We always are offered dosa there (and refills) when we go.

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              opinionatedchef Nov 12, 2011 10:29 AM

              i asked today. they only offer dosa as part of the buffet on weekends .

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          FoodDabbler Oct 13, 2010 02:33 PM

          Diva used to have this on occasion at their Sunday brunch, as did Cafe of India (both under the same ownership as Kebab Factory). I have not eaten at either place in over a year, so don't know what they do now. Diva used to alternate dosas with omelets for a while, which I thought was nuts. Many can produce an acceptable omelet at home, but few can produce any kind of dosa.

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          The Kebab Factory
          414 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

          Cafe of India
          52 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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            FoodDabbler Oct 13, 2010 04:57 PM

            It appears I'm wrong about KF being under the same ownership.

          2. Pia Oct 14, 2010 07:05 AM

            Bombay Club -- I haven't been for a long time and it looks like they've moved from Harvard Square to the South End. Anyway, their website still advertises unlimited mini-dosas as part of their weekend brunch. I like the mini ones because you can still try other things and not be stuffed.

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              lipoff Oct 14, 2010 09:47 PM

              I haven't been since they've moved from Harvard Square to the South End. I don't normally like the Bombay Club, but their weekend brunches were always excellent. I assume that they still have a chef out in the restaurant making dosas to order, and they were definitely unlimited and also very good.

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              Bombay Club
              1 Faneuil Hall Market Pl, Boston, MA 02109

            2. galangatron Oct 14, 2010 07:14 AM

              mysore veggie on middlesex street in lowell

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              1. re: galangatron
                justbeingpolite Oct 14, 2010 07:38 AM

                I'm afraid mysore veggie has closed.

              2. whs Oct 15, 2010 05:18 PM

                Stretching the limits of the greater Boston area, Meena's Kitchen in Nashua has an all you can eat 6-course set menu that features dosai. For example, here is today's menu:

                Today’s Special 6-Course Meal (Oct 15, 2010)

                Palak soup
                Zesty Soup made with Toor daal, Spinach and spices

                Medhu Vada (Masala)
                Lentil Doughnuts made with Urad daal mixed with cilantro,
                green chilies and served with chutney .

                Adai (Daal Dosa)
                Popular south Indian dish. Crepe made with dough made with
                all lentils and rice. Served with Chutney

                Chapatti
                Handmade whole wheat flat bread

                Matar paneer
                Green Peas and home made cheese cubes cooked in a gravy
                made with tomatoes , Onions and cashews.

                Kheera Koora
                Cut Cucumber cooked with tomatoes and onions.

                Aloo Bath
                This is another house special, Rice cooked with spicy potatoes.

                Gulab Jamun
                Fried Cheese dumplings soaked in cardamom flavored sugar
                Syrup

                1. opinionatedchef Oct 16, 2010 09:28 PM

                  nas, are you gujarati ? or from chenai? i am not fond of pongal in billerica. in lowell there are 2 so.indian places w/ dosa buffets. Priya on sunday nights has dosa buffet; wed. they have chaat buffet. i am a devotee of rava dosa and pessarat.u. the uppama filling for their pessaratu is very good; but their masala potato filling for the rava dosa has been disappointing as of late- mashed potatoes consistency. the other items on the buffet can be very good; they vary week to week(and they do always include 1 or 2 chicken dishes and some china desi items.)

                  last night we had rava and pessaratu dosa at the other so. indian restnt in lowell that we like- Udupi Bhavan. i will be doing a full report soon. i found UB's dishes much better than the priya versions of them. i don't know if their sunday buffet is a dosa buffet- call and ask.

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                    nasilemak Oct 17, 2010 04:10 AM

                    no, from Malaysia. i just find dosas offered on a la carte menus to be quite expensive. i like the huge buffet spread at Pongal but did find the quality of the items to be inconsistent - many of the meats were too dry. yesterday i tried the Bombay Club lunch buffet spread and it was much more modest. the dosas were passable, the ones in Pongal were a little better i thought.

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                    Bombay Club
                    1 Faneuil Hall Market Pl, Boston, MA 02109

                    1. re: nasilemak
                      opinionatedchef Nov 11, 2011 12:02 AM

                      nas, udipi bhavan has a dosa night; i think it used to be Fridays and maybe still is. MANY varieties and very excellent.and you can have as many as you want for the set price.

                      1. re: opinionatedchef
                        justbeingpolite Nov 11, 2011 05:13 AM

                        They also serve dosas with the lunch buffet

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                          Highland Park Nov 13, 2011 11:19 AM

                          The dosas at UB are indeed good. I would stick to the dosas though. Unfortunately, you are not going to find S. Indian cuisine in the Boston area that can hold a candle to what you will find in Malaysia. You will need to travel to NYC for that.

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                            FoodDabbler Nov 13, 2011 04:45 PM

                            "you are not going to find S. Indian cuisine in the Boston area that can hold a candle to what you will find in Malaysia. You will need to travel to NYC for that."

                            This is as beautiful a statement of globalisation as you'll find: In order to get South Indian food as good as that of Malaysia, you'll need to go to New York.

                            It's like the Krishna lunchbox I have: a lunchbox with a depiction of an Indian god, bought in Somerville, MA, USA, produced by a Canadian company, and made in China.

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                              Highland Park Nov 13, 2011 05:10 PM

                              I never thought about it that way, but you're right, although demographics probably play some role. I was just trying to give the closest place I know of to find what I consider excellent and authentic S. Indian, unless someone knows of a place between here and NYC, but that's probably a question for another board. Aside from dosa,iddli, and vada, I tend to make most of my S. Indian at home due to my disappointment with the Boston options.

                              1. re: Highland Park
                                Dave MP Nov 14, 2011 08:10 AM

                                Highland Park - have you tried anything at Biryani Park in Malden yet? I'd be curious to hear what you think. The dosas looked amazing, but I didn't get a chance to try them, as I stuck with Sri Lankan food on my first visit.

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                                Biryani Park
                                105 Broadway (Route 99), Malden, MA 02148

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                                  Highland Park Nov 14, 2011 08:47 AM

                                  No, I haven't been to Biryani Park, but I've been meaning to make it over there and will give it a try soon. The Sri Lankan food looks interesting. I'm not as familiar with it as I am with Tamil Nadu vegetarian and Keralan styles of food, but I suspect there are many similarities.

                                  1. re: Highland Park
                                    opinionatedchef Nov 14, 2011 09:27 AM

                                    HP, if you do a search, there are some long BP threads. You will see that the menu has sri lankan specialties but , equal or more so, food from all over india.

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                                      Highland Park Nov 14, 2011 10:31 AM

                                      Thanks OC, I enjoyed reading your post on BP and found it very informative, helpful, and detailed. You seem to be very well-versed in S. Indian cuisines and I agree your specific analysis in this thread.

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