Sunday, March 29, 2009

Good Times Cafe

When we found out we could get dosas in Shanghai we rushed to Good Times Cafe in no time.  When we arrived we hesitated as it doesn't look anything like a regular Indian restaurant from the outside.  I even popped in to check on the menu to be sure that we were at the right place.

The menu itself is pretty weird both in presentation and selection wise.  It's like a tabloid newspaper with snippets of news article about nothing.  And hidden amongst them we found a wide selection of food including soups, pastas, meat courses, then Indian dishes, and some fusion stuff like chicken tikka sandwich.  I guess they are trying to do diner food as well as light Indian dishes?

Anyway we thought we'd focus on dosas.  My husband went for a Mysore Masala (RMB45) and I had a Paneer dosa (RMB48).  When they arrived we knew we were in for the real thing as they looked just like the ones we had in India.  They came piping hot and they were packed full with fillings (spicy potatoes for the Mysore and cheese for mine).   They were so tasty we wanted to order another one!

The soup with accompanied our dosas.  It's a little too strong and salty for my taste.

Dal Makhani.  I don't think it's on the menu but since you can always order from the sister restaurant Masala Art next door and this dish would have been a regular item there.  It was pretty good after we dished out the vein-clogging nob of butter.

Chicken tikka masala (RMB58).  There were more pieces of chicken in here than the more expensive (and stingy) version in Vedas.  It tasted pretty decent too with all the fragrant spices.

Lamb biryani (RMB55).  It looked a little different than what we are used to.  It seemed dryer and the long-grain white rice looked a bit odd.  The taste was right on though and the tender pieces of lamb were very enjoyable.
We have been back 2 more times since!

Good Times Cafe
401 Dagu Rd.(nr. Chengdu Rd.), Shanghai.  Tel: 5375-1275

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