A Warm Welcome and Varied Menu
Upon entering Alora Spices, we were greeted by the friendly staff, enhancing the welcoming atmosphere. Glancing at the menu, we were delighted to discover a wide array of dishes, as expected from an Indian eatery with such a name. Excitedly, we made our selections - the Vegetarian Thali Set, Chapati, Paal Appam, and Masala Chai.
A Wholesome Delight: Presented on a fresh banana leaf, the Vegetarian Thali Set proved to be a hearty meal, consisting of various vegetables, a choice of vegetarian curries, accompanied by pickle, papadam, and rasam. While not entirely unique compared to other Indian eateries, it was still an appreciated and satisfying meal. The combination of flavors and textures provided a delightful medley that left us content.
A Fluffy Indulgence: One standout dish was the Chapati. Soft and generously layered with ghee, it was a true delight. Paired with the dal curry, it created a harmonious combination that pleased our palates. I couldn't resist pinching a piece from my friend's plate, and it instantly won me over. Although tempted to order another portion for myself, I decided to save room for the awaited treats - the Masala Chai and Paal Appam.
A Satisfying Post-Meal Brew: While the Masala Chai didn't win any awards for its flavor, it fulfilled its purpose as a comforting and satisfying drink after a spicy meal. Its warm and aromatic notes provided a pleasant ending to our culinary journey at Alora Spices.
The Crowning Glory: Amongst all the dishes we tried, the Paal Appam emerged as the undisputed winner. The caramelized brown sugar sprinkled on top added a tantalizing burst of flavor to the coconut milk-infused appam. The combination of lightness, sweetness, and richness made each bite a truly memorable experience. If I had to choose between the Thali Set, Chapati, and Paal Appam, the latter would undoubtedly be my top pick.