Chicken 65 and medhu vada at Bombay Grill. Photo by Jonathan Sharpe
what: Chicken 65 and medhu vada
cost: $8.99, $3.99
where: Bombay Grill, 245 Bush River Road, 772-5121
The numerical name of this week’s Bite can be confusing if you’ve never heard of it, since it’s listed as item no. 14 in the appetizer section. Turns out this spicy, deep fried Southern Indian chicken snack is rather famous, according to an Aug. 21, 2013 article in The Hindu on the history of the dish. The number stands for the year it was added to the menu at the Buhari Hotel in Chennai, India (1965). Bombay Grill makes its version with lightly breaded cuts of dark meat, fried with curry leaves and a secret blend of spices, and served with peppers and onions. The heat scale goes from 1 to 6, but consider yourself duly warned if you order above a 3. Another great choice to start with is medhu vada, two savory lentil doughnuts served with two chutneys: sambar, made from a base of yellow pigeon peas, potato and tomato; and a sweet and refreshing coconut chutney that you’ll want to put on everything (especially if you exceed your spice tolerance level). Bombay Grill is open Wednesday through Monday for lunch and dinner service. A buffet with complimentary small dosai is available during lunch hours.
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