Sunday, May 31, 2009

udupi palace in my own backyard...

late last week, i was thinking an awful lot about london and about the trip i had made to tooting in order to have some sri lankan food at apollo banana (oh soooo good). in order to get to tooting from my hotel in mayfair, i had to change trains a couple of times. tooting isn't one of those places on the london tourist beat. yet, i was a determined foodie hunter and it was well worth any and all train changes. it seems that tooting, in general, is well known for good southeast asian places. i wanted to pay a visit to dosa n' chutney in tooting as well. yet, to my regret....i wasn't able to pack it into my schedule. i was thinking about how i missed out on trying dosas in tooting and was feeling a hankering for the crispy savory crepes. yet, i was feeling supremely lazy (and admittedly, slightly dehydrated from my friday evening out) and didn't feel up to going to either dosa in the city. like many hankerings, just because you are lazy or want them to go away.....doesn't mean they just magically disappear. so i suppose it was out of necessity that i finally remembered udupi palace.

while udupi palace may be very close to where i live, i usually avoid walking down university. those of you live here....know exactly why. yet, if i was willing to travel to tooting for gawd's sake, i told myself that i *should* get my ass in gear and go to udupi palace.

i am very glad that i did.

udupi palace has been on the corner of university and mlk for a long time. admittedly, i have heard about it for a long time..... yet, i had never been. first up, when you go to udupi palace in berkeley, you have to go for the food. this is NOT a place you go for the atmosphere. if you want atmosphere then you should go to the dosa in pac heights in the city. yet, if you want to go for some really yummy comforting food that is well done and prompt....then you go to udupi palace. yet, please remember to take your cash. they don't take credit cards.

the uthappam topped with chilies and onion.....

is served with a coconut chutney, a spicy and sambar (a yummy soup with veggies, lentils, spices, and tamarind), and a spicy chutney. my favorite is the spicy chutney (big shock)....


the dosas are also quite divine. here is a shot of the masala dosa (dosa with spiced potatoes)....

what's that on top? those are an idly (a savory lentil and rice..well...almost cakey biscuit for lack of a better term) and a medu vada (savory lentil fritter/donut).



these are also supremely yummy as well. the dosas are lovely and crispy...and everything is a perfect vehicle for the chutney and sambar.


i love this kind of food. i think it is very possible for me to eat this kind of food everyday. when i eat this kind of food, i feel like someone has wrapped me in a warm blanket and everything is just right with the world.


udupi palace, 1901 university Ave (and MLK), berkeley, CA 94704, +1 510 843 6600...bring your cash. not your credit cards..

2 comments:

aiza said...

now i cant hardly wait to be back in Malaysia and eat lotsa dosa.
anyway, you should try cheese dosa. its really good too, but not as good ad masala dosa.

foodie hunter said...

thanks for the tip! i'll definitely try the cheese dosa next time.