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By crepe he means dosa, a south Indian specialty made of rice flour, usually filled with vegetables, and served with chutney. Lal and his business partner, Lakshmanan Muthu, are former Northwest Airlines employees from the southern India city of Chennai (formerly Madras). They quit Northwest in 2004 and opened a restaurant named Suvai in Livonia. To distinguish the Ann Arbor location, they're calling it "Taste of India Suvai." Suvai means "taste" in Tamil, so they're doubly emphasizing it.
In addition to the traditional dosas and other southern Indian favorites, Taste of India serves the spicy stews, tandooris, and biriyanis that are more familiar in these parts, as well as Indo-Chinese recipes (gobi Manchurian, chili chicken with garlic or ginger). Lal is more comfortable talking building codes than food--Muthu is the chef--but he is proud of the Indo-Chinese dishes: "Not many people know how to put the ingredients together," he says. "Either it's too spicy or too bland, but we've got the right mix." Like many Indian restaurants, Taste of India has a buffet lunch.
Taste of India Suvai, 217 S. State. 327-6500. Lunch buffet: Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m, Sat. & Sun. noon-3:30 p.m. Dinner: Sun.-Thurs. 5-10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 5-10:30 p.m. tasteofindiaaa.com.