When I wrote my review about Pappe, the number one piece of advice I wanted you to take away from it was that the best meal at Pappe is a varied meal. Order half portions, go with a group of friends and share everything you can. Even then, you’re going to end up with more food than you need, which is usually fine (who doesn’t like leftovers?) but can be annoying if you’re looking to do some solid solo dining.
Tapas places make it easy, but it’s hard to really enjoy a restaurant when you’re eating on your own. There’s only so much you can order before the servers start giving you looks and the bartender cuts you off. Luckily, the folks at Pappe have made enjoying their delicious Indian food 100% easier. Their new Thali platters (which are only available for lunch time) take all of Pappe’s rich curries, addicting daal, fluffy rice and delicious naan and combine them into one meal.
We tried the Maharani ($17), Maharaja ($20) and the vegetarian ($14) platter, all of which include a helping of rice and a naan. If you’re a big meat eater, shell of that $3 and go for the Maharaja plate, which includes chicken and lamb as well as a vegetable curry. If you care about trying the most things more then you care about meat, the vegetarian platter gives you the option to pick two curries, plus daal. Throw one more dollar in and you get three vegetable curries. It’s the best deal of the bunch and it allows you to get a wide breadth of the menu, without looking like you’re ordering enough food to feed a large family. At the very least, I recommend you go for the palak curry and the daal fry, but you can’t really go wrong here.
While this is the kind of meal I would take my time with, have a little palak here, a little garlic naan there, if you’re in a hurry, Pappe slings these babies out in 10 minutes or less. Having a stressful day at work and want to treat yourself to some Indian food without disappearing for two hours? Pappe has corned the market on this wildly specific niche. And we’re into it.
They’re also celebrating Small Business Saturday on November 24 by giving people 10% off their check. All you have to do is bring a receipt from a local restaurant and you’re good to go. Shopping around the city and then eating a big (and delicious) lunch sounds like heaven. I wish I was doing that right now.