Monday, January 17, 2011

The Revisit: Philadelphia Chutney Company.

It's been some time since I first reviewed Philadelphia Chutney Company - and a friend pointed out that I should post an update. Not only has Chutney Co become one of my most beloved casual eateries - it consistently gets more impressive each time I go.

It's one of my favorite openings of 2010.

And honestly, you cannot beat the prices when it comes to healthy, flavorful, inspired cuisine. 

In my first post, I mentioned that the chutney didn't quite hit the mark. Well, I take it all back, the chutney is now fully developed in flavor and the temperature is just right. I favor the coconut chutney of them all, but the cilantro is now a close second.

If you want spicy food, don't be afraid to ask them to dial it up for you. They will. And you will leave with a sear in your mouth that reminds you all night at how effective communication can be.

The fried lentil cakes, Medhu Wada, are airy and light, the ideal base for any of the chutneys, but we chose the curry one.

We normally go for the already-legendary Dosas, which are also available as Uttapa - pancake-style. They look like personal pizzas and are much thicker than the crepe-like dosa.

His - Curry Veggie Chicken with Balsamic Roasted Onion and Spinach...Spicy, please. Tomato chutney.

Hers - Grilled Portabella, Roasted Onion, Spinach.  Cilantro chutney. Actually, I made use of all of our chutneys because that's the best part.

Add on the vegan Sambar soup for under a buck...and dip some dosa into it.

There is no butter or ghee used in any of the veggies or batters on the menu. If you stay away from the cheese fillings, then you're vegan solid here.


Mike said...

im a slacker and dont go out to eat much, but i heard of this place awhile ago and will definitely have to check it out. i make dosas and vadas and oothapams (uddapams) but i do so sporadically, ill get real into it and then i wont make any for 4 months. i have recipes if yr interested in trying tho. its cheap and easy. thanks for doing the vegan research. id like to have u and yr boo over for indian food sometime if yr interested. ps. coconut cookies are back.....

shinyhappyvegan said...

Great review- I'll have to try it. Thanks for letting us know what's vegan on the menu- love it!

kellywhitephillips said...

Mike - we would love that. I want to make disaster at home, so if you have any tips...

Shiny Happy - go check it out! Let me know what you think.

kellywhitephillips said...

I meant to say dosa, but auto-correct "disaster" is fitting, too.