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.
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.
With its green walls, freestanding electric fans, and bus-your-own-table setup, this southern Indian cafe is about as humbly appointed as it gets. The excitement comes when you pick up your tray at the counter. Dosas, those ultra-thin crepes that are a meal in themselves, are expertly made. Lemon rice and chole--a chickpea stew topped with chopped jalapeños--make good pairings. One caveat: The kitchen has noticeably amped up the spiciness of its cooking, from the dosa fillings to the accompaniments, so an order of the puffed bread called poori, or a sweet lassi, can help soothe burning tongues.
Also good: Masala dosa, filled with potatoes and onions; onion rava masala dosa, a web-like semolina crepe; idli, steamed rice cakes.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.