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#31 Malik

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Posted 15 May 2003 - 12:46 AM

San Francisco Bay Area

Not a great place for Indian food, surprising given the Indian population in the Bay Area. My top three:

1) Shalimar: Hole in the wall, order at the counter, no tablecloth type of place. Original is in the Tenderloin (on Jones between Geary and O'Farrell), they have two more outlets in SF and one in Fremont now. The food is very good if simple Pakistani/North Indian style. Everything from the tandoor is great, and the lamb and goat curries are also very good. No biryanis, vegetarian dishes are uneven.

2) Vik's Chaat House: I miss the early days when it was just a small little counter at the back of the grocery store, it's not quite as good since the expansion. They only serve chaat, no full meals, and close very early (7pm). If you're willing to brave the crowds and fight for a table, go on the weekend as they have some non-vegetarian items, like Chicken Kati Kabab. Zero atmosphere: it's in a big warehouse, you order at the counter, the food is served on paper plates, and they call your name when it's ready.

3) Chaat Cafe: Original is in Fremont, and they've since opened outlets in Berkeley and San Francisco (the latter is just one week old). Order at the counter place also, but nicer decor/atmosphere than the above two. The chaat dishes are good, as are a lot of the curries (fish curry being my favorite). They also have some Indian style wraps, I find them bland but they have quite a few fans.

We have a bunch of traditional "tandoori mixed grill & chicken tikka masala" type of restaurants, not very different or inventive, but they serve decent fares. A couple worth mentioning would be Indian Oven in San Francisco and Amber India in Mountain View. On the other hand, thumbs down to Breads of India in Berkeley, it gets mentioned a lot, but I find the food incredibly bland and boring, as do many of my friends.

We also have a few South Indian restaurants, mostly in the South Bay, but I haven't been to any so I can't comment. Finally, I should mention Turmerik in Sunnyvale, which Suvir posted on above, our only venue for high end Indian cuisine. I was disappointed the one time I ate there, but it was only one visit, I need to give it a second chance.

#32 prasad2

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Posted 15 May 2003 - 06:46 AM

In London
Cinnamon Club

I personally have not been to Cinnanon Club but had the pleasure of meeting owner Iqbal Wahhab at Thali in New Canaan, CT. Cinnamon club is expected to come soon to NY City.

The Cinnamon Club adds a new dimension to the London social and dining environment. In a Grade II listed building, we offer an all day bar, a private members bar, a restaurant for 200 diners and art exhibitions.
Now open for breakfast

"If you really want cutting edge curry, visit Iqbal Wahhab's superb restaurant The Cinnamon Club and re-educate your palate" - Evening Standard

"The sandalwood chicken is set to be a smash hit...heavenly" - Daily Telegraph

"A symbol for London dining today.... the most distinctive new restaurant here" - New York Times

"A magnificent obsession known as the Cinnamon Club" - Financial Times

"The Cinnamon Club is a class act" - ES Magazine

#33 Suvir Saran

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Posted 15 May 2003 - 08:25 AM

Dakshin, NYC, NY

741 9th Avenue (50th Street)

212-757-4545



Alert With Spices, as Indian Food Should Be

By Eric Asimov
$25 AND UNDER
NY Times
January 24, 2001, Wednesday


PERHAPS no other cuisine pays as much attention to spices and seasonings as Indian, and yet so much Indian food in Manhattan is bland, as if it lacked any seasoning. So it was a great pleasure to find lively spicing that was deliciously apparent in more than a few dishes at Dakshin on the Upper East Side, a new sibling of the original Dakshin, at Ninth Avenue and 50th Street.

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#34 Suvir Saran

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Posted 15 May 2003 - 08:30 AM

Brick Lane Curry House, New York

BLCH is located on 6th street, towards 1st avenue.

"The menu at BLCH is best described as "deceptively short", compared to many Indian menus. There are approximately a dozen apps. and kebabs, plus 8 curries as the main dishes, each available with multiple kinds of meat or veggies."
- from Matt Zitos post on the BLCH thread.

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#35 Suvir Saran

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Posted 15 May 2003 - 08:35 AM

Pongal, NYC, NY

Lexington Avenue, West side of avenue (between 27/28 Streets)


"We went to Pongal. It was wonderful. It's only a few blocks from my house and each time I eat there I am astonished that I don't eat there more often.

We had iddly and bhel puri to start and then paper masala with spicy mashed potatoes (potates were delicious), and gulab jamun for dessert. Everything was delicious. We both like chiles, and it felt great having all those hot flavors going on in our mouths."
- from Toby's post on the Pongal thread

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#36 Suvir Saran

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Posted 15 May 2003 - 08:40 AM

Nirvana, Central Park South, NYC, NY

Nirvana was the first multi-starred restaurant in NYC. It was the highest rated Indian restaurant in the 70s.
The Beatles and Ravi Shankar called it their haunt in NYC.
The Concert for Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden was the idea of the owner of Nirvana and he introduced Ravi Shankar to George Harrison at Nirvana.

It is under re-construction as I write this. Maybe the menu will get updated and the decor too. Nirvana has great potential and certainly a stellar location. Only if it can come back to the glory of its past, and be connected to the times of today.

CLICK HERE for an old thread on Nirvana.

#37 Suvir Saran

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Posted 15 May 2003 - 08:43 AM

Bombay Club, DC


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#38 Suvir Saran

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Posted 15 May 2003 - 08:45 AM

Grameen

75-18 37th Avenue,
Jackson Heights, NY

718-505-4083

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#39 Suvir Saran

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Posted 15 May 2003 - 08:48 AM

Mirchi
29 Seventh Avenue South (Bedford and 7th)
212-414-0931

"When it first opened, we went there probably the third day - Boy was it hot !!!, kind-of-burned my stomach linings. Then I re-visited it a few months back - After we had had a few doubles,  and a local pub. The food seemsed milder, then I visited sober, and indeed they had toned it down. The barkeep was from Argentina - EZE, and the wait person, was from Portugal - LIS."
- From Anil's post on the Mirchi thread

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And click here for more on Mirchi. :smile:

#40 Suvir Saran

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Posted 15 May 2003 - 08:51 AM

Kinara, Mela, Namaskar, Maharani and others in New Jersey

"Actually, I felt that Maharani (in Fort Lee) had a better lunch buffet, in terms of selection. But what Kinara had was quality. Namaskaar in Paramus is also pretty good."
- From Jason Perlow on the thread about Kinara and lunch


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or

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#41 Suvir Saran

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Posted 15 May 2003 - 08:56 AM

Royal Palace, Mont Clair, New Jersey


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#42 prasad2

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Posted 15 May 2003 - 01:04 PM

Veeraswamy / Chutney Mary London

The legendary Veeraswamy was refashioned in October 1997 by Namita Panjabi and Ranjit Mathrani creators of Chutney Mary, shortly after they acquired it. This reincarnation has won much praise from guests and critics.

The leading London lifestyle weekly Time Out has given it the Award of Best Indian Restaurant. Veeraswamy has joined Chutney Mary as the other leading restaurant combining good real Indian food with style.

History
Veeraswamy is the oldest Indian surviving restaurant in the U.K, and possibly the world.

It was established 76 years ago at the same site by the great grandson of an English General, and an Indian princess. The restaurant has been the rendezvous of rich, famous, and fashionable lovers of Indian food. Customers included Edward - Prince of Wales, King Gustav of Sweden, Pandit Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Charlie Chaplin, King Hussein of Jordan, and Marlon Brando.

Reincarnation
By the time Namita and Ranjit purchased Veeraswamy in 1997, it had lost its lustre. They therefore decided to reincarnate it, to bring out the essence of India in a contemporary environment, and not to be fixed in a nostalgic past.

The restaurant is designed vibrantly in a contemporary style, with lacquered walls of South Indian colours of purple, gold, orange, green and yellow, bold design, and creative use of glass, chrome and gold leaf that add sparkle. The atmosphere is smart and casual.

It is the ideal location for visitors to London in the heart of the West End - close to theatre land, fashionable shopping areas, and the rest of the entertainment district. It is also the perfect lunch venue with a light airy room located on the first floor overlooking the buzz of Regent Street.

Why New Veeraswamy is different
The menu is drawn from the cuisines of Northern and Southern India, prepared by a team of regional specialist chefs recruited directly from India, each producing their own specialities. The lunch menu has been specially devised to focus on light lunch dishes.

The other distinguishing features, which it shares with Chutney Mary (click The Creators for details) are food rarely found in restaurants even in India; dishes prepared authentically and freshly - as in Indian homes; great attention to food presentation; and wines which complement individual dishes.

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Veeraswamy, Mezzanine Floor, Victory House
99 Regent Street, London W1B 4RS
(entrance on Swallow Street)

tel: +44 (0) 20 7734 1401, fax: +44 (0) 20 7439 8434
email: info@realindianfood.com

#43 prasad2

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Posted 15 May 2003 - 01:22 PM

Click Here

Address La Porte des Indes
32 Bryanston Street
W1H 7EG

tel (020) 7224 0055

fax (020) 7224 1144

#44 BBhasin

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 06:27 AM

In the washington DC area

Bombay Curry Company
3110 Mount Vernon Avenue,
Alexandria, VA 22305
(703) 836-6363

Cannot miss this opportunity to add my place! It looks pretty fancy in the website ( we just painted and changed the decor around so the website needs to be modified) but its positioned as a small neighborhood eatery, 44 seats, with vinyl tablecloths. It is a clean modest establishment with value oriented pricing. The menu is divided almost 50-50 into the usual butter chicken, rogan josh comfort foods and other stuff we picked up, like pathar kabab ( Frontier restaurant, Ashok hotel, new delhi ), Chooza kabab from the Madhuban in the now closed Akbar in New Delhi, the Fish Curry which started out as Goan but changed dramatically to its current popular style thanks mostly to requests for modification by the patrons.

We have been lucky to be positively noticed by the press on numerous occasions. Two of my most priced reviews are

1. Tom Sietsema ( currently with the washington Post) mentioned us in his last article in sidewalk.com as one of the two Indian places he would visit( in the DC metro area) if was dining on his own money.

2. being listed among the top 40 Washington area Restaurants For Value by subscribers of Checkbook and Consumer reports.

www.bombaycurrycompany.com for more info, directions etc.

We look forward to serving you soon

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Bombay Curry Company
3110 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22305. 703. 836-6363

Delhi Club
Arlington, Virginia

#45 Suvir Saran

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Posted 21 May 2003 - 07:23 AM

In the washington DC area

Bombay Curry Company
3110 Mount Vernon Avenue,
Alexandria, VA 22305
(703) 836-6363

Cannot miss this opportunity to add my place! It looks pretty fancy in the website ( we just painted and changed the decor around so the website needs to be modified) but its positioned as a small neighborhood eatery, 44 seats, with vinyl tablecloths. It is a clean modest establishment with value oriented pricing. The menu is divided almost 50-50 into the usual butter chicken, rogan josh comfort foods and other stuff we picked up, like pathar kabab ( Frontier restaurant, Ashok hotel, new delhi ), Chooza kabab from the Madhuban in the now closed Akbar in New Delhi, the Fish Curry which started out as Goan but changed dramatically to its current popular style thanks mostly to requests for modification by the patrons.

We have been lucky to be positively noticed by the press on numerous occasions. Two of my most priced reviews are

1. Tom Sietsema ( currently with the washington Post) mentioned us in his last article in sidewalk.com as one of the two Indian places he would visit( in the DC metro area) if was dining on his own money.

2. being listed among the top 40 Washington area Restaurants For Value by subscribers of Checkbook and Consumer reports.

www.bombaycurrycompany.com for more info, directions etc.

We look forward to serving you soon

Bhasin

Thanks for adding your restaurants information Bhasin. When in DC, I now know another place where I need to go.

#46 anil

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Posted 30 May 2003 - 10:51 PM

Veda
8 Arbuthnot Rd, Central
HongKong



Click Here for more details. I totally forgot about this till yesterday, when cleaning old stuff I found the information.

Edited by anil, 31 May 2003 - 02:28 PM.

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#47 Pan

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Posted 30 May 2003 - 11:33 PM

Brick Lane Curry House, New York

BLCH is located on 6th street, towards 1st avenue.

"The menu at BLCH is best described as "deceptively short", compared to many Indian menus. There are approximately a dozen apps. and kebabs, plus 8 curries as the main dishes, each available with multiple kinds of meat or veggies."
- from Matt Zitos post on the BLCH thread.

CLICK HERE to read more of his post and those from others on the BLCH thread.

Brick Lane and several other Indian restaurants are also mentioned in this thread:

"Need help with finding places to eat"

Be prepared to scroll down a bit.

Edited by Pan, 30 May 2003 - 11:34 PM.


#48 Vinitas

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Posted 17 June 2003 - 01:22 PM

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Indique - sorry keeps getting better and better....my 2nd meal there in three days was fabulous.

Saran Foods- (but only the Aloo Tikki Chaat - best I have ever had)

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#49 Monica Bhide

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Posted 17 June 2003 - 01:28 PM

Indique - sorry keeps getting better and better....my 2nd meal there in three days was fabulous.

I love Indique too. Why the "sorry"?
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#50 Vinitas

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Posted 17 June 2003 - 02:15 PM

Monica -

I guess the "sorry" is because I have been reading some not so good reviews, Tom Siestma wasn't a huge fan and there has been some buzz in his chats lately.

I on the other hand adore that place. A nice change, excellent food, and service (which is usually bad at indian restaurants) is excellent.

Have you ventured to Saran Foods yet to try the Aloo Tikki Chaat? I just discovered this sight and love reading your posts.
Thanks.
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#51 Monica Bhide

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Posted 17 June 2003 - 02:20 PM

I dont know about Saran Foods.. will try them out

I really enjoyed Indique and we are going there again with some friends. It was excellent. i will check out what Tom was saying!

Thanks
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#52 rks

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Posted 20 June 2003 - 06:37 AM

The review of a Benares in London. I like Atul's concept of a limited menu.

Times Online-Benares

#53 Eric_Malson

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Posted 20 June 2003 - 09:09 PM

Since you asked....

When I was playing a concert in Cincinnati last year, I had some surprisingly good Indian food (surprising in that I really had no idea what to expect) at Akash, which is on E. 6th St. downtown. Although I'm not exactly an expert (just an enthusiast), the food tasted very "homemade" to me--I love that--and the ingredients were all scrupulously fresh. It turned out to be one of the best Indian meals I had had in a long time.

As wonderful as a lot of Portuguese food is, one wants some variety when one lives there for four years, and I found some very good Indian restaurants there. My favorite is Farah's Tandoori, in the Rua Sant' Ana a Lapa (No. 73, I believe), in the neighborhood behind the Estrela basilica. Very high quality all round....I especially love her Nawabi Biryani.

If you happen to be out near Cascais and get a craving for Indian food, Restaurante Taj - A Palhota in Sao Joao do Estoril is well worth a short detour. It's in a neighborhood slightly removed from the train station and therefore not too obvious....you'll probably have to ask someone where the "restaurante indiano" is.

In the Baixa, in the center of Lisbon is another Indian restaurant I used to love to go to, but I'm not sure I ever knew the name of it. To make matters worse (at least as far as trying to recommend it goes), it is up a flight of stairs in an unmarked doorway--in fact, I don't think the restaurant has any sign whatsoever. Still, for the determined, it's not impossible to find....from the southeast corner of the Pr. da Figueira, go just 2 or 3 doors east (staying on the north side of the street) and look for a door propped open with stairs visible (all other such doors would be closed). And once again, if in doubt, ask someone. Portuguese almost always know where all the restaurants are. The funny thing is there is ANOTHER Indian restaurant, one I never managed to go to, in the Baixa, also upstairs with no sign marking an entrance, or even the restaurant itself. I even found it once, spied the windows from the street, had a waiter point to the direction of the entrance, and I still couldn't find the stairs....very strange!

I'm somewhat ashamed that I never went to a Goan restaurant while I was there, Goa being a former colony of Portugal and all, but the Goan restaurants I heard about got mixed reports and sounded quite overpriced.

There's also a great Thai restaurant in Caldas da Rainha, but that's not the topic....
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#54 hitchmeer

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Posted 21 July 2003 - 08:39 AM

Hello all:

Here is a review article about the NewDelhi Bar and Restaurant in Minneapolis.

http://www.citypages...rticle10659.asp

I only discovered this restaurant a month ago. I went with a friend and had a great time the food and atmosphere were both wonderful. I had an excellent lamb korma and a mango lassi! If anyone from the group is from Minnesota or travels through Minneapolis, contact me and we'll go together. I'd love to go again.

Matt in Minnesota

#55 fresh_a

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Posted 21 July 2003 - 01:25 PM

If you're in Paris, avoid Indra and Annapurna. Although, they are relatively well-rated, they are past their sell-by date, and offer substandard fare, and bad service. They're full of tourists as well...
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#56 bong

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Posted 25 July 2003 - 03:59 PM

San Francisco Bay area has several Indian restaurants. Sadly, vast majority of them are mediocre. They all have identical menus. There are a few exceptions, here are some of my favorites:
* Shalimar, San Francisco: For tandoori chicken
* Vik's Chaat, Berkeley: For, what else? North Indian chaats (snacks)
* Chaat Paradise, Mountain View: For chaat.
* Dasaprakash, Santa Clara: For South Indian specialities, especially their Dosas
* Empress of India: North indian cuisine. Please note that this restaurant is a one-woman operation and stays closed a lot!
* Turmerik, Sunnyvale: Upscale north indian food. I have heard rumors that it's gone downhill recently, although when I was there, most recently about six months back, food was still great. Innovative chef.

#57 tryska

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Posted 05 August 2003 - 11:18 AM

In Atlanta -

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#58 anil

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Posted 11 August 2003 - 09:31 AM

In SCL

Hotel Majestic

One of the local hosts of mine had never had indian food. Even though had a collection of prints of ancient indian iconography..... So, last night we located one - It turned out to be a Best Western property run by an Indian of Sindhi ethnicity. The restaurant is attached to the hotel and I suspect it does a fair amount of its business by catering to diplomatic and consular staff.

The exotic spices impressed my friends, but I was dissappointed because they managed to overdo some excellent pieces of Ecudorian shrimp pakoras.
I asked if they had any sindhi speciality in the restaurant :wink: like sai bhaji, jeera aaloo ? :smile:

Edited by anil, 11 August 2003 - 09:35 AM.

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#59 boaziko

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Posted 16 August 2003 - 05:23 AM

Bombay Bar & Grill – Lee, 435 Laurel St.
(Route 20, Berkshires, MA)
413-243-6731



Great surprise we found in our old fashioned, but very nice hotel (Black Swan Inn – Best western). Overlooking a small lake while dining is always a plus, especially if you come from a relatively dry country like we do.

All we had was good. My memory recalls Lamb Madras, CTM, Chicken Tandoori, Shrimp Malai Kebob, and some Naans. The favorite was a dark and rich cauliflower dish that almost misled us to guess it was some kind of meat. The menu I found on the net stated "Lasoni Gobi", Cauliflower with garlic and sweet & sour.
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#60 anil

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Posted 17 October 2003 - 06:27 PM

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Amma

A Lot has been said about this place because of our good friend Suvir

Unbeknown to moi (contrary to Suvir''s promise about an advanced tasting to an un-named restaurant opening ) we got out a tad late out of Mica Bar (not my hangout) and my locals of the neighborhood suggested eating at the curry house next door (a euphemism that many Brits use to catagorize Indian rest.)

On seeing the menu, my friends were surprised to see their standard items missing --
According to the waitperson "Saar, Everything has changed ...."

The food was ................ Hmmm ???? (Had I tasted at a hidden gem in this part of town ?)

36 hours later .... egullet post's Gail's take on it with a URL -

My comment was SOG

Subsequently, I hauled my old behind and dragged friends and family to Amma

Amma Is up there amongst the desi restaurants I have eaten.

[Details on Amma I'll post elsewhere]
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