Madras Pavilion, affectionately known as “MP” by its denizens, has been located in an outdoor mall on the southeast corner of West Belt Line Road and South Coit Road since 1996. There is plenty of parking in the lot in front of the restaurant. It serves buffet lunches and menu dinners seven days a week. The bustling restaurant is always full of international diners with many native Indians among them, a testimony to the authenticity and high quality of the food. The host and the wait staff are polite and accommodate any special requests. The restroom facilities are adequate. Separate checks are taken care of quickly and efficiently for both large and small groups.
The majestic country of India is an exotic land that is home to a variety of cultures and cuisines. Madras Pavilion specializes in South Indian cuisine featuring curries (meaning “gravy”, any of various rich flavorful sauces mixed into cooked vegetables or meats), garam masala (meaning “hot mixture”, a pungent blend of ground spices to enhance the taste and aroma of a curry), and the frequent use of aromatic cumin, sharp-flavored mustard, piquant peppery ginger, and sweet coconut – all in a delicate balance that enhances the taste of the main ingredients such as mixed vegetables, rice, lentils or chickpeas.
Sit down with friends and indulge in a mango lassi, a creamy and cool drink made from yoghurt, bright yellow-orange colored mango juice, and sweet rose syrup. Pick from the many appetizers; two restaurant favorites are the Mulligatawny Soup and the Vegetable Samosas. Mulligatawny Soup (meaning “pepper water”) is a thin vegetable broth with pureed lentils and full-bodied spices, to include turmeric that gives the soup a deep yellow color. The Vegetable Samosas are crispy, flaky, triangular-shaped pastries stuffed with mildly spiced, fresh veggies such as potatoes and peas, then gently deep fried to a golden brown and served with a chutney (a medium coarse-grained sauce) of sweet brown tamarind or of bold green coriander and aromatic mint. The menu of main dishes is staggering and includes curries, dosais (crepes from rice or lentils), breads (poori – whole wheat or nan – wheat with milk), uthappam (Indian pizza), rice dishes, thali (taster’s choice platters) and Indo-Chinese specialties. One popular entrée is Vegetable Korma, a simple dish of cooked veggies simmered in coconut milk that is served over long-grain basmati rice accompanied by a pickled fruit rind with a strong sour and bitter taste (sure to cleanse any palette!) on the side.
Madras Pavilion brings sensual South Indian cuisine to the Dallas area. Come to MP for the eyes, brightly colored foods; for the nose, rich and complex aromas; for the tongue, complex exotic flavors both strong and sweet. Enjoy!
Visit Madras Pavilion at http://www.madraspavilion.us/MPRichardson.html