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Posted by delivery user on 03/12/2007
Food: Not "authentic" Indian, but a delicious genre all its own...California cuisine in a dosa? This reviewer has tried various dosas on the menu, but now orders 'a la carte': dosa with jack cheese, chicken, roasted red peppers, and spinach, plus either curry or cilantro chutney ($11.40 plus tax). The cilantro chutney is a lot better than green stuff you see in most Indian restaurants. Additionally, the cookies/brownies are very tasty, as is the chai--it has a stronger cardamon flavor than most. Service: The staff is exceptionally polite and helpful, in store and over the phone. Furthermore, the online delivery system works flawlessly; they're at my door in less than 30min. One time it took more than 30min, but they called immediately after I submitted my order, profusely apologized, and warned me that the order would take longer (40min) because they were really busy. And though dosas are delicate by nature, they arrive just fine. Value: Some would say that this place is expensive, and admittedly it would be a little much for most people to order every day. Yet I think that the quality of the food and service are high enough to justify the price. A dosa (Indian crepe) measures about 16in (diameter). I think that's filling. The cookies ($0.89 plus tax) are not jumbo cookies but 4-5in across, which works for me (so I don't get supersized myself). Atmosphere: I've visited the storefront twice. It's clean and bright, with a larger seating area than most places that deliver and also aren't full-fledged restaurants. Because the UWS has a lot of young families, the roomier seating area (and healthy fare) probably attracts strollers...though I haven't actually seen it firsthand. If it's a problem, it's not the fault of the restaurant--it's the neighborhood. About the reviewer: Female; mid 20s; UWS resident, originally from the Bay Area; orders dosas online through Hampton Chutney's website nearly every week.
Posted by Thank goodness 4 Dosas on 01/17/2007
I have grown up eating Dosas. At one point they were the food i would eat. With just a drop of gee they are a perfect meal! If you have never tried a dosa, now is the time, dont delay! Try a Dosa today!
Posted by Jennifer on 01/05/2007
Wow, this place makes healthy food taste incredibly delicious. I recently discovered this place when a sign with soup flavors beckoned me in. I love the mung dal, which they seem to have every day, and the daily vegetable plate for only $10 is a great filling deal. I had my first dosa today and it was delicious. I got the #5 and am totally looking forward to trying something new tomorrow.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/14/2006
I have been here several times and must say I have never been accosted by toddlers (and I would have noticed, not having any of my own). The food here is amazing, imaginative combinations and incredibly fresh. At first ordering can be overwhelming, but the kind staff quickly bring you up to speed and guide you with your choices. I highly recommend this spot if you are looking for great quality, and a casual atmosphere.
Posted by Megan on 07/12/2006
The food at this place is just awesome and the atmosphere is great too. During the day, there are usually a decent number of children in there, but I have never experienced anything like the reviews below (barefoot screaming children and the like). Not to mention, this happens to be one of the few places that actually gives the kids something else to do than run around crazy. When I take my kids there (several times a week) instead of getting antsy after they eat, they just read a book or do a puzzle and it keeps them quiet so I can enjoy my meal and soak in the serenity of the chants. And they will actually eat vegetables here which continues to shock me.
Posted by Hungry Upper West Sider on 06/12/2006
I agree with the below review. While I absolutely love Hampton Chutney, I can hardly bring myself to step foot inside with all of the screaming children running rampant. Believe me, I have nothing against children in general, but I do wonder how this restaurant became a second playground for them. Everytime i've been (most notably on the weekends) the place in overrun with less then well behaved children. And, what ever happened to the old adage "no shirt, no shoes, no service"? Parents, it's never appropriate to let your child mill around shoeless in a restaurant. For those non-stroller pushing individuals, craving a yummy Dosa and some wonderful Chutneys, get it to go!
Posted by Dosa Queen on 06/01/2006
I am quite a fan of these owners and this cuisine, but I have to say that I am not a fan of their uptown location. They've obviously pitched their tent with the stroller crowd to the detriment of the entire place. It is impossible to eat in there without screaming babies stealing the airwaves, toddlers running amuck and the parental "SIT DOWN CALEB! I'M COUNTING TO THREE!" stress-monkey disciplinarians providing quite a floor show. This location was highly anticipated and I went there any number of times when it first opened. Now I find I can't bring myself to set foot in the place. I'm moved to write this as I was looking forward to Hampton Chutney as a wonderful neighborhood place to eat my favorite food, relax and enjoy the Indian chants and converse with friends. I find myself tremendously disappointed.