South Indian food is as rare as hen's teeth in the UK, so it's hugely surprising to find this gem in as unlikely a location as west Watford. It looks deeply unprepossessing from the outside, and not a lot better from the inside. It's a bit tatty, a bit gloomy (especially in the large back room) and often cold and a bit musty. But all of this is worth ignoring for the food. Oh the food! Dosas to die for, better than anything you will get in Drummond Street. Masala dosa, paper dosa, paneer dosa and more, we've tried them all and they are all wonderfully light and crispy with perfectly-seasoned potato stuffing. The uthappam is not 'arf bad too. There are also some cracking starters: you haven't lived until you've tried the Gobi 65 (which comes in an enormous serving big enough for two), and the belt-busting mixed veg platter will definitely have you asking for a doggy bag unless there's four of you! But fear not if you want to come here with carnivorous companions, or with those who will not look beyond bog standard Bangladeshi "Indian": they too are catered for with an extensive range of dead-critter dishes and flock-wallpaper standards such as chicken tikka masala (although I am unable to comment on the quality of these latter dishes never having tried them). But if you really want to do such friends a favour you will persuade them to try a dosa: they will surely see the light and convert from Bangladesh to south India! Granted the service can be a bit hit-and-miss, but for us this simply adds to the entertainment value of this slightly-ramshackle establishment with its to-die-for food. Truly Rathiga is a precious jewel, and I can honestly say that the only place I have ever had better dosas was in the equally-unlikely surroundings of the Chennai Garden, Manhattan (which is a bit of a long haul, even for a gunpowder dosa, if you live in Hertfordshire!)
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