Friday, May 23, 2008

Komala Vilas, Serangoon Road



I would have to say wow for the food here! It's been a really long time since I've eaten at Komala Vilas (76/78 Serangoon Road, S 217981, tel: 6293 6980) and the last time was a vague memory of dosai and tea in metal cups probably 13 years back. I've passed by this place on numerous occasions on my way to Chellas and wherehaveyous in the district of Little India and haven't walked in until now.

This pretty famous Indian restaurant which has been around before 1950 whips up volumes of common Indian vegetarian fare like rice based meals, snacks like dosai, chapati, battura, idlis and vadai for the consistently large crowd on a daily basis. The thali (South Indian rice meal) which comes with soft, fluffy and steaming rice was simply mouth watering. I must mention that the rice (which comes with an array of condiments) is so good, you can eat it plain on its own. The likelihood of that happening is little however, since you get a bunch of other appetizing accompaniment like thairu (yoghurt), spicy pickles or the huge bucket of sambar which the servers walk around with. This rice meals are all you can eat orders and one can always request for more rice and vegetables as desired. The Bombay Thali (also known as the vegetarian briyani on the menu) appeared quite similar in a steel tray with the exception of the saffron infused rice and an additional piece of chapati. I'm not familiar with all the names of the vegetable sides here, but I would have to say that they're all good.

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