dosa southern indian restaurant
Dosa is a new Southern Indian restaurant in the Mission. It opened in December and Elaine discovered it shortly thereafter. She told Brad and Christie about it and they have been proclaiming its excellence ever since. I was delighted to be able to join the three of them for dinner this evening.
Dosa is hip, crowded and noisy. At 21st and Valencia, it is in a neighborhood that is tight on weekend parking. However, the food more than makes up for the locational inconvenience.
We started our meal with the Dahi Vada, two large lentil dumplings covered with spiced yogurt, tamarind and mint, a delightful combination. We also had the Chennai Chicken - very lightly fried chicken strips spiced with coriander, cumin and curry leaves.
After the starters we sampled the entrees for which the restaurant is named. Dosas are savory crepes served with tomato chutney, coconut chutney and a lentil soup for dipping called Sambar.
The first entree we had was Channa Bhatura (top left), large puffy wheat bread served with a bowl of wonderful lentils, garbanzos and stewed vegetables. This might have been my favorite dish. Next was the Paneer (2nd photo), a rolled dosa filled with vegetables and farmer’s cheese. Then we tried the Masala (3rd from the top), a large thin dosa containing spiced, creamy potatoes, onions and cashews. This is their signature dish. And, we rounded out the meal with the Tamil Lamb curry (bottom photo), succulent lamb served in a sauce of fennel, tomato, poppy seeds and onions.
This was the first time that I had tried Southern Indian cuisine, but I can’t wait for my next trip to Dosa. In the interim I will have to explore the popular Southern Indian restaurants here on the peninsula, and I encourage you to do the same.
Bonus link: Michael Bauer’s SF Chronicle Review
Dosa: 995 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA (415) 642-3672