San Somosa

★★★☆☆
  • 1214 Walnut St

    Philadelphia, PA 19107

    Map & Directions
  • 215-546-2009

About San Somosa

Hours
Monday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Thursday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Friday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Saturday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Sunday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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Apparently this was a pure vegetarian restaurant in August 2008, according to the other review here. When we went in September 2009, there were a number of meat dishes. That may or may not be a disadvantage for you._________

There was a sign on the buffet asking people not to waste food by taking more than they want to eat. The sign is necessary, because some of the food is pretty inedible._________

The tandoori chicken was fine, and I especially liked the roasted red bell peppers, which I don't usually find served with that dish at other restaurants. My companion doesn't eat meat, so that didn't do him any good._________

The vegetables makhani tasted like it was made with canned vegetables and canned tomato sauce; it had an unpleasant sweet taste. _________

The pakora (vegetable fritters) were crisp and tasty. The samosas tasted ok, but they did not have a flaky crust and had clearly been under the warming lights a long time. (We came at 7:30 pm on a Saturday night, not a particularly late time to visit an Indian restaurant, though there were few other people in the restaurant.)_________

The imli chutney (tamarind chutney) and coriander chutney were so watery we didn't even bother trying them. The imli chutney looked like broth, in fact. The onion chutney was ok._________

The desserts included in the buffet were gulab jamuns (which tasted like Dunkin Munchkins in thin, tasteless syrup), kheer (rice pudding, which had an unpleasant, overcooked pastiness), and carrot halwa (which we didn't sample)._________

The mango lassi (not included in the buffet) was as good as I've had anywhere, though._________

The decor says "take out joint." You can walk in, grab a plate and go straight to the buffet, you can get take out Indian food, or you can get ice cream from what looked like a decent assortment of flavors at the front counter._________

In general, this restaurant does well with things that are good quality when available canned or frozen. If you live in the neighborhood and want a quick meal for not much money, this would be okay for you. If you're coming from a show and want a dessert, the mango lassi will be a nice night cap. But if you passed several other Indian restaurants to sample one you were told was pure vegetarian, as we did, you will be disappointed. The vegetarian food is much better at New Delhi at 40th and Chestnut or at Karma on Chestnut near Front St.

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★☆☆☆☆

Apparently this was a pure vegetarian restaurant in August 2008, according to the other review here. When we went in September 2009, there were a number of meat dishes. That may or may not be a disadvantage for you._________

There was a sign on the buffet asking people not to waste food by taking more than they want to eat. The sign is necessary, because some of the food is pretty inedible._________

The tandoori chicken was fine, and I especially liked the roasted red bell peppers, which I don't usually find served with that dish at other restaurants. My companion doesn't eat meat, so that didn't do him any good._________

The vegetables makhani tasted like it was made with canned vegetables and canned tomato sauce; it had an unpleasant sweet taste. _________

The pakora (vegetable fritters) were crisp and tasty. The samosas tasted ok, but they did not have a flaky crust and had clearly been under the warming lights a long time. (We came at 7:30 pm on a Saturday night, not a particularly late time to visit an Indian restaurant, though there were few other people in the restaurant.)_________

The imli chutney (tamarind chutney) and coriander chutney were so watery we didn't even bother trying them. The imli chutney looked like broth, in fact. The onion chutney was ok._________

The desserts included in the buffet were gulab jamuns (which tasted like Dunkin Munchkins in thin, tasteless syrup), kheer (rice pudding, which had an unpleasant, overcooked pastiness), and carrot halwa (which we didn't sample)._________

The mango lassi (not included in the buffet) was as good as I've had anywhere, though._________

The decor says "take out joint." You can walk in, grab a plate and go straight to the buffet, you can get take out Indian food, or you can get ice cream from what looked like a decent assortment of flavors at the front counter._________

In general, this restaurant does well with things that are good quality when available canned or frozen. If you live in the neighborhood and want a quick meal for not much money, this would be okay for you. If you're coming from a show and want a dessert, the mango lassi will be a nice night cap. But if you passed several other Indian restaurants to sample one you were told was pure vegetarian, as we did, you will be disappointed. The vegetarian food is much better at New Delhi at 40th and Chestnut or at Karma on Chestnut near Front St.

Pros: Great mango lassi

Cons: see review

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New Samosa has got to one of the quietest most under-rated places in Philly for Indian Vegetarian cuisine.

How many pure Indian Veg Restaurants are left there? Not many. This place serves all day all-veg / all-night buffets for beyond belief low prices (last time I checked, it was like 4 or 5 for buffet take-out).

The food is heathy, delicious and tons of variety. Delicous. Not overly spicy or greasy - so if you are fan of unhealthy Indian cooking, you may not want this. But if you like simple healthy veg foods.. homemade style.. this is the right place at the right price.

There non-buffet items are huge too. Soy -faux meat items (Indian style)- and even South Indian idlies/dosas!! Where else in Philly do you find all this?

Always our favorite. This place is a winner !!!

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★★★★★

New Samosa has got to one of the quietest most under-rated places in Philly for Indian Vegetarian cuisine.

How many pure Indian Veg Restaurants are left there? Not many. This place serves all day all-veg / all-night buffets for beyond belief low prices (last time I checked, it was like 4 or 5 for buffet take-out).

The food is heathy, delicious and tons of variety. Delicous. Not overly spicy or greasy - so if you are fan of unhealthy Indian cooking, you may not want this. But if you like simple healthy veg foods.. homemade style.. this is the right place at the right price.

There non-buffet items are huge too. Soy -faux meat items (Indian style)- and even South Indian idlies/dosas!! Where else in Philly do you find all this?

Always our favorite. This place is a winner !!!

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