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The Dora roundabout is home to blaring horns, incessant calls for buses, chaotic jumps for services and frenetic sales-pitches for small knick-knacks.hot dosas and kothu, the pint-sized shop-cum-restaurant has become a social hub and the center of a thriving migrant worker community.A small staircase at the back leads upstairs to the restaurant itself.In Lebanon, where data is often difficult to come by, the exact size of the migrant worker community is difficult to determine. Although the menu comprises of standard dishes such as biryani, kothu and oothappam, the set menu is often eclectic, determined by the musings and moods of the chefs – some of whom have been at the restaurant for more than 10 years – as well as the available ingredients.After growing the business from the ground up, this uncle handed the shop and the restaurant over to Das upon his arrival to Lebanon in 2006 .Although Indo-Lanka is mostly frequented by the migrant worker community, Das noted that many Lebanese and foreigners had visited his restaurant over the years.
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