bombay cafe

While we were in San Francisco a few months ago we ate at Dosa.  Naturally we had a dosa.  Kind of a no-brainer.  A fermented rice (or lentil flour) crepe like pancake filled with masala potatoes and you dip it in sambar, a lentil dipping soup.  Love at first bite with chewy crispy comfort food.  I haven’t had it since and have been looking for a recipe online when it dawned on me to use my resources.  I have a co-worker who was born in India and it occurred to me that very possibly she could recommend one here in town.  She offered up Bombay Cafe in Laxmi Plaza right off of Orange Blossom Trail.  So, we put it on our short list and headed there last night for dinner.  Like most restaurants in Orlando it is located in a strip mall.  I have no idea how people find these things.  The hall heading into the building was redolent of incense and we passed an Indian Grocery (House of Spice), Video Store and a shop selling beautiful Indian garments.  The restaurant was fairly empty and we sat down right away.  We were offered help with the menu but quickly ordered chili pakora for a starter.  We weren’t sure if we’d handle the spice but they were lovely.  Mild to medium hot chili dunked in chickpea batter and fried.  A trio of chutneys was offered and I mixed a little of the tamarind with a spicy hot chili chutney and was off to the races.  Z ordered Gobi Aloo (Cauliflower and Potato Curry) and I a masala dosa.  I devoured that dosa with it’s little bowl of sambar and coconut chutney. It was so good-like the best Indian comfort food.  I don’t know what it passes for there but I really love it.  This isn’t high end dining but complex and flavor filled.  I love the warming spices.  After supper we wound our way through the House of Spice looking at all the ground spices, curry sauces and huge bags of basmati rice.  A man in the store was super friendly and walked us around telling us about items in the shop. We picked up a packet of paneer butter sauce-so we’ll see how that goes.  I am certain we will be back.bombaycafe

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