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“Authentic sambar and rasam”
Review of Chennai Dosas

Chennai Dosas
Ranked #27 of 175 Restaurants in Hicksville
Cuisines: Indian
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Reviewed 22 January 2015

This, my friends, is every South Indian's dream in America, besides making beaucoup bucks and making a name for themselves....it is all about finding that elusive place that serves real sambar and rasam with your dosa. Praise the gods from whom all sambar blessings flow!

Yes, the place is all about dosas, but the real gems here are the sambar and rasam. Any Tamilian, Telugu, Malayali, and Kannadiga worth the silk threads in their sarees/ dhotis know that you can test the quality of a South Indian restaurant by the sambar they serve. You are dead to me and your S.Indian card will be revoked if the lentil to water ratio is not correct and the amount of dhaniya (coriander) powder is not correct. And let's not forget rasam. I will put you on blast if the combo of tamarind paste, pepper, and cumin is not right.

Now that I have established myself as the sambar nazi - similar to the soup nazi from Seinfeld - it is safe to say that Chennai Dosas excels at both sambar and rasam. Yes, the dosas are good and the pulihora is well-executed (no lumps of tamarind paste, which I find to be annoying in pulihora). The vegetarian curries are delicious, but the desserts are passable. Face it, nobody goes here to eat gajar halwa or mango kulfi...you go here for the dosas and sambar.

There is a buffet for $9.99 and you get a choice of dosa with the buffet. You can order a la carte as well, but why would you do that when you have endless supply of sambar, rasam, and pulihora on the buffet? #duh The ambience is divey and service is what you would expect at a divey buffet aka bare minimum. Don't expect a white table cloth restaurant here, it is your typical divey dosa stand.

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Reviewed 12 December 2014

If you love a Vegetarian Spicy South India food in Long Island this the place to eat. I visit this place often because the quality of food excellent, friendly staff and clean place and also inexpensive. In the afternoon they serve buffet consisted of appetizers, Rasam (Soup) Idli (Steamed dumplings), 2 kind of rice, 3 vegetables,yogurt rice, and deserts. there are several pickles and chutneys to choose from and they also give you a Dosa (Crepe)or Uthappan (Spicy Pancake). All these dishes for $10:50. Last Friday Dec 5, 2014 I visited this place with my friends. I recommend anyone who want to try something new in Hicksville area.

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Thank Nangavaram R
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

Good South Indian food with great service. Everything we tried was excellent. Sambhar is as good as it gets.

Highly recommended...

Thank M S
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

This was the first time I sat down to eat at Chennai Dosas. Usually we get a "to go" order for the office. Our orders are always good, but the food is so much better when you sit there and have it. I tried the Chennai Thali. It was so much good food! The dosa was super crispy and the uttapum was huge. They had a buffet lunch available, but I didn't feel like getting up and getting my food. From what the server said, the buffet is not just limited to what is in the buffet trays. You can also get fresh made masala dosa included. The prices are great and the service was good. The decor is very simple, but clean. Will definitely be going back again.

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Thank Tejas D
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

Every ethnic cuisine seems to have a flat bread or equivalent with "stuff" and the dosa is one of these. The whole range of Indian spices and flavors, vegetables, lentils, chick peas, onions, potatoes, a pressed curd cheese, and so forth make up the "stuff." I am a meat eater, but I'll tell you that the Indian way of vegetarianism is just as satisfying. Go for a dosa or two, selections from the buffet, Indian dessert, and you will be satisfied and happy.

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