Sunday, November 19, 2006

What Thali is it?

What Thali is it?
North Indian..
No.. No.. it is South Indian !!, "See it has Sambar, Curry..
But then why does it Naan instead of rice.....
I don't know..
(Now the restaurant guy(server) arrives..)
Hmm.. don't what is South Indian..

This hilarious conversation was between white patrons and a Hispanic server in an Indian Restaurant called Madras Pavilion in Austin. What was interesting was the patrons didn't know what was what, the server didn't know what he served. But they ultimately figured it out and went on to enjoy the food.

Now to the restaurant review..
By the sheer traffic I saw in this restaurant, I am guessing it must be a popular joint. This place was barely full when I went in, but within 10 minutes it was full and was constantly overflowing from then on.

The ambiance of the place was good. The decor was minimum but the place was clean and neatly laid out.

I ordered Pavilion special (USD 12.00) which got me a generous portion of Pongal, Vadai, Mysore masala dosa, Coffee and Gulab Jamun. While Pongal and Coffee were excellent, rest were just passe. I was drooling when the big Dosa came my way, but after a few bites, I started to dislike it. It was dry and hard to swallow. Vadai wasn't cooked well and I passed on the sweet.

Bottom Line
Ambiance: B+
Food: B-
Service: A
Overall: B

Go to Madras Pavilion if you are dying for Indian food.


  1. if you are going to spend some more time in austin, visit swad restaurant for their chat. And Madras Pavilion buffet on saturdays is pretty good too ( They have pongal on saturdays ) and there is always the clay pit in downtown. Ping me if you plan to stay in Austin over the weekend. Maybe we could meet. :)

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  3. email is

    Have fun.

  4. Visu,
    Call me if you are un US.

    - Laks Sankaran

  5. Whaaaaaaaaaaaat!
    12* 45 for a pongal Vada etc.....I am not eating when I am in the U.S.!

  6. Krishna
    Thanks.. I am in Austin till Tuesday.. will try to connect..

    Will do

    well look at it other way.. 12 bucks buys you Pongal, Vada, Dosa, Coffee & Sweet... what a deal !!!!

  7. Hey Ram, Watch your diet with HYD marathon coming up