Dosas with a twist at Hampton Chutney Co.
Anila, Anaka, Amrita & Noah at Hampton'sChutney Co.
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I love Manhattan! Where else in the world can one find a crispy dosa with avocado, fresh tomato, arugula and jack cheese? I can see you rolling your eyes but I assure you that this dosa that I had at Hampton Chutney Co.was just divine.
We met several members of the Ramabadran clan for brunch this afternoon at this unique Soho joint where the atmosphere is very calming and devotional Indian chants play in the background. Amrita & Noah had flown in from California the previous night and Anila took the Chinatown bus from Boston to Manhattan yesterday.
It was great to catch up with our cousins over dosas that came with the most unusual fillings including - hold your breath - grilled chicken, smoked turkey and eggs! Surprisingly, we were all in an adventurous mood. Not a single one of us ordered the Classic Masala Dosa. We each ordered a different chutney along with the dosas so we could try them all. The pumpkin chutney and the cilantro chutney were spectacular. We could taste the freshness of the ingredients and the perfect proportions of spices.
Hampton Chutney company was started by an American couple who met at the kitchens of the Siddha Yoga Meditation ashram in Ganeshpuri, India. They were both doing seva - selfless service - in the ashram kitchen, where devotees from all over India and around the world cooked for hundreds or thousands of people. They came back to the U.S. and first opened a dosa restaurant in upstate New York and then one in the heart of downtown Manhattan in the hip Soho district.
Though I loved the vegetarian dosa I had, I did walk away feeling a bit weird - the non-veg options seemed a bit of out character with the rest of the vibe. I always thought that a vegetarian diet went hand in hand with yoga and a more tapasic lifestyle. I guess I'm wrong!