On a rainy day not long after one of the big typhoons that recently swept through Japan, I met up with some friends to warm both body and soul at Andhra Dhaba in Kanda. The Andhra group has a handful of locations in town, each representing some of the most reliable choices for a lovely South Indian meal both at lunch and dinner.
As it was a national holiday, the menu was different to their usual lunch offerings; a bit more pricey, but with some very exciting options. Varying from its sibling shops, Andhra Dhaba’s holiday lunch menu contains four different dosa options — enough to spoil any of Tokyo’s many dosa super-fans. But even more tempting for yours truly, biriyani. When I see biriyani on a menu, particularly when it comes with raita, sambar, and a plain dosa with coconut chutney, my mind is quickly made up. My fellow gluttons went with the more standard Andhra meals (thali) — one vegetarian and the other with chicken and mutton curries. Both guaranteed winners at any Andhra location.
I’m ashamed to admit it folks, but this biriyani beat me. Try as I might to savor every last grain of that perfect rice, it was enough to feed a small army or possibly even my co-writer Phaal, and I had to lay down my spoon in defeat.
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