So this week we decided to re-try a local restaurant – Priya Maamala’s on Hoe Street. We went a few years ago when it was known just as Priya, it was good at first but after a while we fell out of love with the place. The cooking wasn’t as fresh as it had been and the staff kept changing so we moved on. However with a dosas obsession on the brain and it being very local we decided to give it another go.
It was quiet when we went in at lunchtime, but there were orders coming through on the phone and people waiting to collect their take-aways. A salty lassi was ordered whilst we considered the menu.
We decided to try the two lunchtime special offers, a Vegetarian Thali (£4.99) and the Masala Dosa for only £2, plus a Maamala’s Traditional Set Dosa (£3.95). This turned out to be far too much food!
The Thali included rice, sambar, rasam, dhal, vegetable curries, poppadom, roti, pickle, yogurt and warm carrot halva dessert. Each mini pot was packed with flavour – some spicy and hot, others mild and comforting or sour and punchy.
The foot long Masala Dosa was crispy, stuffed with a spicy masala smashed potato. It was served up with a pot of vegetable curry and 3 chutneys – tangy coriander, hot red chilli and cooling sweet coconut. It lived up to our dosa dreams and amazing value at £2.
The Traditional Set Dosa wasn’t what we were expecting. We had imagined a dosa ‘set menu’ of some sort. What arrived was 1cm deep ‘set’ dosas made from the standard rice and lentil batter with added baking powder which produces a thick, spongy texture reminiscent of a crumpet. The 2 dosas came heavily topped with fried onions and the same veg curry and chutneys.
There are daily specials and Happy Hours (Mon-Fri 11am-5pm) with idli, dosa, vadai, samosa and mango lassi for take-away from 99p – £1.99. We’ve written these off before – how can it be any good for that price?! But we’ll be back to try them now.
256 Hoe Street
Tel: 020 8520 5552