A2B (Adyar Ananda Bhavan-Vegetarian Restaurant) Kuwait
Dosa is an absolutely addictive comfort food in the South Indian cuisine. Though usually had for breakfast, combinations of this classic can even be enjoyed for lunch, dinner or a gluttonous snack. In fact in Kerala, I’ve had this with chicken, meat, egg and various other interesting combinations. Just like the simple man’s burger evolved and found its place in the creative kitchen of many gourmet chef’s, who knows one day the dosa too may .. after all even Jamie Oliver makes Dosa’s 🙂
Adyar Ananda Bhavan carries it’s deep traditional recipe’s from Chennai to many parts of the globe. It has more than 75 branches and the best part is their menu is pretty vast carrying both sweet and savory. It has something for every mood. I believe they recently began operations in Kuwait during 2015 at Farwaniya and recently in Salmiya. In Salmiya they have 2 outlets the one near Don Bosco is the restaurant, the other one serves sweets and snacks.
We visited the restaurant for breakfast on a Saturday morning and in about 5 min we got our table. On weekends be prepared to wait. The place is quite small with limited seating, but done up pretty nice. The wall are adorned with paintings reminiscent of the South Indian culture. The staff though friendly seem under prepared to cater to a full restaurant. But once the order is placed the food comes out pretty quick. These places are build similar to the Hardee’s and Mcdonald’s, food machines churning out perfect clones.
We ordered the classic Masala Dosa (Kd 0.750), Plain Dosa (Kd 0.650), Sambar Idily (Kd 0.500) and Coffee (Kd 0.350). The dosa’s came with a tricolored chutney resembling the Indian flag. The dosa’s were thin enough (not too thin) crisp on the outside, spongy inside. Some places serve dosa as thin as papad, it just breaks. The chutneys were the best here, flavor was intense and the sambar was thick and flavorful. The mint chutney we had here were the best.. better than even Saravana Bhavan. Unlike other places they had all the chutneys in metal containers placed on most tables. You could have as much as you wanted. We love our Coffee and a morning ‘coffee fix’ with a filter coffee is priceless. We ended up having 2 coffee’s each.
Ratings – Ambiance – 7/10, Service – 6/10, Menu – 6/10, Food – 8/10, Consistency – 8/10, Value for Money – 8/10
Overall – Forget all the simple setup of the place and eye candy wall hangings — the service is a bit slack but you’re here for the Food, and based on our maiden experience this is certainly a bang for you buck!
Update – The food was alright, but the service is beginning to get to us. Why don’t the management just hire more staff at least for weekends!