Thali - from the left, potatoes, Kheer, peas and cheese (Mattar Paneer?), Sambar, Rasam, potatoes and okra and a pappadum,
Rice, chutney (mint, coconut, kalonji?), Masala Dosa
This is called the Madras Thali at Shri Balaji Bhavan. It’s what I had the first time I ever went there several years ago and I’ve been thinking about it lately. When I saw a parking space right in front of the door around 3 this afternoon, I zipped in. There was no line - never seen that before at SBB. It seemed to me tables were more spaced out, too. Maybe they don’t draw the hordes they did a few years ago.
Help yourself to a stainless steel tumbler and some chilled water; take a pitcher of it if you wish. Grab your own silverware. And now you go up and claim your order at the counter, instead of it being brought around. Maybe that’s just because I was there in the middle of the afternoon.
I think there were more elements on the tray before, no empty space, and you got naan instead of a dosa. Still, for $8.49 (daily special) it’s a bargain. I’ve long said SBB makes the best Masala Dosa in town though there are probably better than 50 places that offer it I’ve never tried . I wasn’t as impressed this time as I’ve remembered.
There are no explanations of the dishes offered on the menu. I left most of the potatoes behind - they were unremarkable and I had potatoes in two other forms; everything else was very good and a couple of the items had a nice level of heat.
I brought half the rice home and maybe 3/5ths of the dosa and most of the chutney. I don’t think it’s going to be possible to reheat the dosa itself. It’s got a texture right now in the fridge like refrigerated potato chips!