Saturday, May 14, 2011

A Savory Meal At Samosa House

I discovered the Samosa House in Culver City a few years ago by some Vegan classmates. I was a Vegetarian at the time and immediately fell in love with their concept of delicious food at a very low price. They have a constant special for $8, which includes a combination of three dishes, raita or soup, rice and a choice of bread. The employees at Samosa House are very generous in the amount of portions they give and I often find my plate overflowing with delectable food. This Indian cafeteria is Vegetarian but the Vegan dishes are clearly labelled and the servers are more than happy to point them out, even though it is quite obvious. They are also more than willing to make substitutions and will explain what is in each dish when prompted. 

On my most recent trip to the Samosa House I ordered the combo plate with soy fish, jackfruit and chana masala. I opted for the sambar soup with papad in place of bread. 

I began with the sambar soup as my appetizer. It was fairly chunky and loaded with vegetables and lentils. It was quite spicy but not excessively so. The jackfruit was probably my favorite and was very soft and well-seasoned. It had a meaty flavor and was lightly spiced. The basil added a slight coolness to the dish and provided a great contrasting texture. The chana masala was also very soft and had a very spice. It was very well-seasoned and savory to match the jackfruit. The soy fish was also very enjoyable. It was slightly chewy and soaked in a very spicy sauce. The soy fish was fairly salty and had a slight bitterness. The sauce coating it had a slight tanginess and mixed very well with the soy fish and accompanying rice.

The papad was a great complement to the meal and really mellowed out all the varying degrees of spices from the dishes. 

The papad was very crisp and slightly cooling. It had a light spice and I could really taste the lentils that were cooked in.

Overall, I really enjoyed my meal. I was completely full from my $8 meal and had so many tastes in my mouth. I love that the Samosa House varies the dishes they offer and every time I go, there's always something new. I cannot wait to go back and see what they will have next time. 

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