In a word: Sublimely subcontinental.
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JM ate the lamb kebab and a lemonade.
Nichole ate the cauli bhat tarkari and lalmohan.
The bill was $38, or $19/person, plus tip.
JM gave Dobhan an A-; Nichole gave Dobhan an A (see our grading rubric).
We liked Dobhan's older sibling Chautara, but we'd probably go back to Dobhan first. We almost wanted to say "In a word: Subcontinental 101" because of its uniquely accessible, yet not watered-down, menu.
First of all, the place is beautiful. The bright colors, inlaid tile floor, and even the napkin rings, which begged to be played with (but please don't) provide a refreshing experience.
JM is always a touch hesitant to try food form south-central Asia. His lamb entree, however, was excellent, as was the salad and even the veggies. That's 3 things JM officially doesn't like that ended up good to excellent. Bravo! This was fortunate because the lamb kebab was the only thing on the menu he felt confident trying. The prices were a little high, especially since he walked out without being full.
Dobhan must have improved since the State Journal's review, since the bhat tarkari veggie stew Nichole ate was cooked just the right amount (essential, especially for cauliflower). The service, too, was polished and attentive.
At our server's recommendation, Nichole tried the lalmohan dessert - a new experience that didn't diasappoint. Lalmohan, at least the way Dobhan's owner bakes them, are, crudely put, like donut holes served chilled and soaked in orange blossom water. Yummy.