WHEN THE LASSIS CAME HOME
Vegetarians tend to be rather biased in their reviews of vegetarian rest. So I thought it would be no bad thing if two red-blooded males carnivorous males – well me and well me went along to try Woodlands.
Established in 1981, the restaurant attracts a fair crowd, even on a Monday…………..
Major attractions are the lassis. I was all set to hold back on this sweetened yoghurt drink until pudding, but I was so tempted by my friend’s sweet lassi that I was unable to resist a mango lassi which tasted as milkshakes tasted when you were young.
I think I would have stuck with the lassis, had not the house white been so nice crisp dry all the usual things about good white. This is South Indian cuisine – most Indian rests. Serving North Indian food the cast list was a bit different from normal. The medu vadu – fried lentil donuts. But the potato bonda a pancake type thing and the kancheepuram idli, rice puffs, had a gloriously spicy smell as did the intriguingly titled special upma all dishes coming on crested plates.
Altogether rather filling for starters, which may have been my blatant carnivorism, which makes me feel I need to stock up when there’s no meat on the menu. But for the main course we had no reason to complain about the lack of meat as the matter paneer a sure fire hit was as good if not better than any curry I’ve tasted and was well complemented by the lemon rice as well as the onion rava masala dosa pancakes, but with a kind of lunar surface and maysore masala dosa sort of stuffed pancakes if that makes any sense. Nor to mention the lachadar paratha – bread in a whirl. Of the desserts I failed to get over the fact the gulab jamin which so looked like a pear, was in fact made from condensed milk but I liked the badam halwa made with almonds and rather similar to marzipan. And my friend declared that the gajjar halwa was very nice indeed.