GGG Restaurant Review: DOSA

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a great Monday! My Monday improved when I arrived home and found four of my new September issues waiting for me! Now I can’t wait until the weekend so I can leisurely read them.

I forget to take pictures sometimes when I dine out but since I eat out quite often, I decided that I should start doing restaurant reviews on the blog! A few weeks ago my friend Brittany and I decided to try DOSA, an Indian restaurant in the Pacific Heights area of San Francisco. I have been in love with Indian food since London’s Curry Mile but this was my first experience with Southern Indian cuisine.

The Pac Heights location is fairly new and was absolutely beautiful! Between the decor and the attentive servers it felt very upscale but had reasonable prices which is essential for any recent grad on a budget.

The tall ceilings and warm decor create an elegant environment

As we began to look over the menu, we knew choosing what to eat was going to be a problem. To start our meal we both started with DOSA’s spice infused drinks. I had the Ginger Ante- Goslings Black Seal Rum, ginger jaggery nectar, fresh lime, ginger ale, over ice and it was unlike any drink I’d ever had as it was the perfect balance of spicy and sweet.

While we snacked on some papadum and chutney, we decided to begin with the Dahi Vada- lentil dumplings topped with cool Straus organic yogurt, piped with tamarind and mint. Despite the description, in my head I just assumed that this dish would be hot so I was slightly disappointed when I realized that it was ice cold. But once I got over that, I loved the combination of flavors and the fluffy lentil cake. It was the perfect appetizer and a great vegetarian option!

As you can see, the presentation was beautiful!

Next we knew that we had to try the signature dish- Dosa! I’d never even heard of dosa before but it is a savory rice and lentil crepe served with sambar, a flavorful lentil dipping soup made with vegetables and spices. We decided to try their basic dosa, the Masala, which was filled with mashed spiced potatoes, onions and cashews. As a crepe lover this was right up my alley and I loved dipping the crispy crepe into the soup. The only part that didn’t quite make sense was how to eat the masala and still dip it into the sambar, so I ended eating it out of the crepe with a fork which was still delicious!

Yes, I know this looks huge but it's the size of a crepe before it is folded!

After these incredible items, we both decided that we needed a little protein before our big night out on the town so we ordered another dish! We went with the Pepper Chicken- boneless, natural chicken, crushed peppercorns, ginger, spices served with lemon rice. Whew, this dish was good but it was super spicy! Both Brittany and I aren’t into super spicy things so this was a little much for both of us but it was still delicious!

Excuse the partially eaten food- I forgot to take a picture when it was served!

All in all, it was an absolutely delicious meal! I will definitely be going back to DOSA in the future and this time will order the Uttapam- a slightly thicker, pancake-style variation of the Dosa with savory toppings. Between that and the Dosa, I am definitely a fan of Southern Indian food!

Questions:

-Do you like Indian food? Have you ever had Southern Indian food?

-What’s your favorite Ethnic cuisine?

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Comments

  1. I love Indian food, but can’t get WIll to go to a restaurant with me! This place looks amazing– especially the swirlyness of the first plate haha

  2. I actually really enjoy Indian food but never seem to go out for it. This place looks beautiful and the food looks great (and so does that drink..!). I’ve always been obsessed with Mexican food..and my grandmother’s homemade puerto rican/spanish food. I’m getting hungry..

  3. Those dosas sound delicious! And I love Indian food, but like Brittany up there, I can’t get my boyfriend to go either! lol I love that Indian food offers a lot of vegetarian options too. The best cuisine I’ve ever had was Flemmish in Belgium. I’ve never seen it in the US but it was sooo good.

  4. I’m dying to try Dosa! Did you go to the one on Fillmore by the Kabuki? All of that food looks SO good, I LOVE Indian food!

  5. I’ve heard good things about Dosa – I’m glad you’ve started doing official reviews! As a South Bay girl I totally look forward to special dinners in SF… two that top my list right now are Cotogna and Delfina

    I love Indian foood and like you I had a great time with Indian food in London!! Studied abroad there in ’07 siiiiiigh… my favorite ethnic cuisine has got to be Thai, I melt over Thai curry dishes :)

    • Ohh I’ve heard great things about both of those places… I’ll have to add them to my list to check out soon :) And omg you studied in London too?! So did I! And lots of other bloggers! I think I’ll have to do a post devoted to it so we can all reminisce! And Thai is actually my favorite cuisine too! I have my favorite places in LA but haven’t found a new fave up here yet… any recommendations?

  6. I have never tired Indian food, can you believe that?!? I would love to try it though, it sounds great!!!! :) I love that you can still go out on your recent grad budget!!

  7. I’ve heard such great things about Dosa! I can’t wait to try it – love Indian food!

  8. I love Indian! Lets go sometime!

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