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Indian Eats Arrive at Workshop as Sambar Opens Over The Weekend

The food hall’s newest offering

Samosa prep at Sambar
Sambar Indian Kitchen

Charleston’s Indian dining scene received a boost over the weekend as Sambar Indian Kitchen started service in fancy food court Workshop on Sunday.

Sambar is in the Beech Test Kitchen stall at the food hall, and it comes from Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts founder Allison Smith, with partners Nir Arbiv and Leo Dobkin.

Southern Indian fare is the focus — from a Goan-style Vindaloo curry to dosas, a savory pancake (although Sambar isn’t sticking wholly to Southern Indian dishes). They’re also doing all-in-one thali plates, with a choice of curry, served with basmati rice, daily vegetables, sambar, green chutney, mango chutney, raita, and dosa, at $14.

On the beverage side of Sambar, those hot curries can be tempered with a tamarind lemonade, iced chai, or classic mango lassi.

It would appear that Sambar has already found an adoring crowd: just after lunch on Sunday they noted on Facebook that they were running low on food and would be doing extra food prep. There was also no shortage of customers willing to Instagram Sambar’s offerings, too — take a look.

Thali with goan pork vindaloo @sambar.charleston #chseats

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Congrats to @sambar.charleston on their killer grand opening!! #chseats #eaterchs

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Sambar is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekends at Workshop (1503 King Street).


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