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Bombay Choupati
5011 Sources Rd., Pierrefonds

Open Tue.-Fri. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tue. Thur. from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.. Fri. until 11 p.m.; Sat. from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun. from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Licensed. MasterCard, Visa.. 421-3130.
As for Bombay Choupati: first the masala dosa was stunningly crisp and the filling was tasty without having being overloaded with spices. I could actually taste the potato. The Samosas and pakoras were freshly made with relatively little batter compared with, for example, Pushap. The butter chicken had both butter and chicken. The sauce had been well simmered and the meat cooked long enough for flavour but not too long to make the chicken tough.

The idli was very tasty although not served as a cake, more as a mound of small dried noodles with lentils, coriander and I think egg poking through. The eggplant curry was chunkier and less oily than I have had in many places. The lassis (mango and salt) were tasty. The mango ice cream and home made rasgullas were excellent. The naan was freshly made for each order. Served hot and buttered. The chapati was as light and as puffy as a balloon. My daughter—who says she hates Indian food—loved her dishes. Next time I will stick to a thali, which one of our party had. For about $10 there was an ample meal: two curries, rice, sauces and bread.

What most impressed me was the attention to freshness and herbal notes. Heat was an extra. It came in the mango pickle, the sauces, and even a 12 oz bottle of tabasco I saw carted to an adjoining table. I have ordered masala dosa every time I have seen it on the menu, admittedly not a common item. This was the lightest, crispest, best tasting one yet.

The place, is small and cheery. It has been around five years and serves the large South-Asian community that has grown on the west island. It does not need us occidentals to survive. Therefore it can be authentic. Therefore it gets my business and I will gladly go back. Dinner for four by the way (with too much food, beers, tip, etc.) came to about $25 each. Not cheap but worth the price. It should be easy to settle in for between $15 an $20 a meal. —
Reviewed by Barry Lazar.

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