Amma Vegetarian Kitchen - Vienna
344 Maple Avenue East
Vienna, VA 22180
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Indian
Open Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30 and 5:30 to 9:30 PM, and Saturday through Sunday 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Potato-stuffed dosas made with semolina or rice flour/lentil flour; uttapam with onions and chilies; chickpea stew; lemon rice with pappadam; puri; raita; samiya payasam (a vermicelli-based dessert); mango lassi.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Why go: Even if the cafeteria setting doesn’t quite live up to its name—amma connotes motherly comforts in Southern India—the kitchen’s vegetarian specialties, including excellent dosas, are well executed and generous.
What to get: The two types of dosas: one made with rice and lentil flours, the other a web of semolina, both stuffed with slightly sweet potatoes; puri, a balloon of fried dough served with spicy, potato-studded broth; cinnamon-heavy chickpea stew sprinkled with red onion; raita—a yogurt condiment—with cumin seeds; mango lassi; samiya payasam, a thick, milky dessert with vermicelli.
Best for: Those looking for interesting vegetarian cooking.
Insider tip: Two people could make a meal—and taste much of the menu—by ordering a dosa and the $8.29 Amma’s Feast, which includes pappadam, rice, chappathi (a flatbread), a vegetable curry, and other small bites.
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