Finally made it to Dosa last Sunday. Wait was only about ten minutes, which we spent at the bar having an aperitif. A quite charming space, modern with high ceilings and spinning fans (which were not as effective as one might hope in cooling down the quite warm room).
Started off with a special of heirloom tomatoes, a stack of six slices of different varieties of tomatoes atop coconut flavored noodles, dressed with a bit of mint chutney. The tomatoes were perfectly ripe, which pretty much guaranteed that this dish would satisfy. The coconut and mint added a surprising bit of dimension to what could’ve been a tasty but ordinary dish – and there was a bit of heat to the chutney, giving the tomatoes a distinct Indian signature. Really loved this…
Next were spinach and cauliflower vadas (a type of fritter), napped with a bit of spicy tomato chutney – almost like an aioli. The vadas were crispy without a trace of grease; and while quite yummy, most of the flavor came from the chutney – I didn’t taste much spinach or cauliflower.
Our third course was a pea-and-paneer dosa, the Indian flatbread for which the restaurant is named, served with three different chutneys. It was serviceable. Not being a dosa connoisseur, I don’t really have a good yardstick with which to measure the dosa (though a colleague at work who is of South Indian descent advised that Udupi Palace makes a better dosa) – but it was a bit dull. And I didn’t find any of the three chutneys to be especially interesting. Don’t get me wrong – the dosa was fine; just found it to be on the bland side.
For our main course, we shared the special for the evening, a lovely lamb and lentil curry served with coconut rice. Substantial chunks of tender lamb in a thick and savory brown curry made with four kinds of lentils; very nice heat and a wonderful texture. The lamb was excellent, full of flavor, with just the slightest hint of gaminess playing off the heat and spices. The accompanying rice was a perfect foil, adding a touch of sweetness to the zippy curry.
Finished off with gulab jamun (fried milk dough balls in syrup) which were well-executed; balls were light and fluffy and suitably soaked with syrup. However, there was little complexity – no cardomom pods or other spices added to livent things up. And the syrup was quite hot temperature-wise – more so than I thought necessary. Chris had a very tasty dish of pistachio ice cream.
Our waitress was very good, making a couple of recommendations to us as first-time visitors; and serving our courses as ordered and at an unhurried pace.
We quite enjoyed our meal at Dosa and plan to be back – though, surprisingly, are unlikely to order the dosas which are there specialty. But with their extensive menu of curries, vadas and idlis, I don’t anticipate having any difficulty ordering a great meal.