Even though sushi is often on my mind, which means a trip to the Asian market… somehow, on my trip there, I wind up in a different area of the world as well. This time it was India…at Udipi Cafe in Duluth, Georgia.
When we walked in the door, the aroma of the Indian cuisine assured us we had made a great choice ! At first glance of the menu, a little hesitation started to set in because I had NO clue what anything was ! But as quickly as that thought emerged from my mind, the courteous server saved us with another sort of menu that explained everything. Our servers, as well as the rest of the staff, were some of the best I’ve ever encountered. They were helpful and so kind. They went over and beyond to make us feel extremely welcome. At the end of our meal, we were too full for dessert, but they gave us a sample of their delicious Mango Lassie.
We were overwhelmed with such kindness and hospitality.
I’m going a bit backwards by mentioning dessert first…so I’ll back up to the main course. (Nothing wrong with mixing things up a little…occasionally! 😉) With so many choices we decided on what I would have called a sampler platter. At Udipi it was called the Royal South Indian Thali. It consisted of a large plate with a bowl of rice in the middle surrounded by 8 different sauces and curries. The rice was served covered by a crunchy bread like pancake. It was also accompanied by a generous piece of naan bread. We also ordered some garlic naan on the side. We had plenty of options of whether to dip it, spoon it or sprinkle it over the rice. Either way it was amazing!
Beginning in 1998, Udipi has been serving the Atlanta area with mostly South Indian food with some Northern also available.
The food is vegetarian, vegan, gluten and dairy free. The name Udipi stands for purity, cleanliness and authenticity to the flavor of India.
After becoming a little bit more familiar with the menu, there are so many things from this part of the world that I cannot wait to try. On my list for future visits is lentil donuts dipped in yogurt and sprinkled with mild spices. Or maybe Uthappam…which is pancakes, plain or with toppings such as tomatoes, peas, carrots, chiles, onion, cheese and coconut. Then there’s the Dosai, which seems to be a popular favorite. This is a thin rice and lentil crêpe filled with choices ranging from cashews, Indian cheeses, onions, potatoes, coconut, vegetables, Indian coleslaw and unique spices.
Although I don’t know a lot about Indian cuisine, I love what I’ve tried and this is definitely one road I want to continue to travel !