This was the original location of Dilpasand Mithai @ 6121 Hillcroft, s. of 59. That business shuttered more than a year ago, I think (the other two locations are still open as far as i know; they’re independently owned). Gulshan-e-Iqbal Grocery, next door, took over the space and opened their own mithai and snack shop. The room has been very nicely redone and upgraded, with new furniture and paint job, and there’s a more impressive variety of mithai in the display cases than I remember at this Dilpasand location.
There is a small snack menu, of course. I tried the Dahi Barey, a first for me. this is basically a lentil dumpling, smothered in yogurt and tamarind chutney. I was asked if I wanted it spicy and I replied enthusiastically ‘Yes!’. Then, after a generous application of masala, I was asked if I wanted it ‘spicy-spicy.’ Well, you know the answer to that. Spicy-spicy it was. I was a little grateful for the cooling properties of the yogurt. Don’t know why the picture is so garish.
I found this kind of boring. It’s a similar batter to mehdu vada but unlike that (and all the recipes I glanced at), the dumpling seemed to me to be baked, not fried, and crumbled rather easily. I understand this is a very popular snack for Iftar during Ramadan.
The samosa aloo was smaller than my favs at Savoy on Wilcrest, not as spicy or complexly spiced, but did have the chunks of potato and whole peas, a texture I prefer over samosas with a mush filling. It was served fresh out of the fryer and very good. They also have a samosa keema which I will try next time.
Well I guess you’re supposed to buy a couple of pounds of mithai when you go to one of these shops, eh? That’s what some other customers did but I have found that a very dangerous thing for me - it would all be gone by bedtime. Fortunately they have these small boxes so I didn’t feel like quite the shirker for getting only 3 pieces - from the top left, a qalaqand (milk cake), barfee (milk fudge) and a moist and delicious ladoo, one of the best I’ve ever had. They had several varieties I’ve never seen before. This was all gone before bedtime.
They have halal gyros and burgers and a bun kabob which I will be going back to try (a minor obsession of mine). There are pictures of the menu under Photos on the Facebook page. This is a very nice improvement to the strip center. I understand the grocery store next door has gotten a new owner since I was there a few years ago and also been upgraded and expanded.