Revisiting an Old Favorite: Udipi Café

After compiling a list of my top 5 favorite Indian spots, I ended up with a major craving for some good Indian lunchtime buffet. As such, I found myself headed toward Hillcroft, landing at Udipi Café.

It was a little late for lunch, but I decided to take my chances with the buffet line anyway, taking comfort in the fact that at the very least I could get some fresh dosa and cinnamon-scented rice pudding.

I grabbed a big white dinner plate and loaded up it with spicy lentils, creamy Palak Paneer, and a lovely assortment of fried pastries. I always gravitate toward the cheesy, potato filled dishes, and these did not disappoint. The fragrant tamarind rice was so full of flavor that I inhaled it by the cupful, carefully discarding the tamarind pods as I ate.

The only unfortunate part of the whole experience was the rancid iced tea which was undrinkable. Other than that I was impressed with the efficient service and the relatively hot and fresh food on the buffet line, given that it was after 2 p.m. And whatever had been consumed by the time of my visit was more than made up for with that steaming, made-to-order dosa that consisted of a papery-thin lentil cake filled with the perfect amount of gently spiced vegetables.

I stuffed myself uncomfortably full of several plates of food for slightly more than $10 with tip, which is definitely not a bad way to spend a weekday lunch hour.

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