Friday, June 11, 2010

Dosa on Valencia

This restaurant was not in the agenda. The plan was to have lunch at Herbivore and head down on Hwy 1 S. We had read the good reviews about this place but decided to ignore it due of lack of time. We were driving to Herbivore, when we spotted Dosa. It is located adjacent to Herbivore. Now, coming across Dosa was like bumping into a huge sample sale in NYC. How could we just walk past it? So, we made a plan B. We will eat at Herbivore and split a dosa at Dosa. How cool, huh? If only I had an elastic stomach.....

Dosa is a super restaurant, where the food is so authentic and the service is excellent. They have both veg as well as non veg dishes. They use organic eggs and can accomodate "vegan" requests. On weekends, they have a brunch menu.

The waitress brought out some papad and gave us the menu.

We asked for the Habanero-Mango Masala Dosa. Dosa is more like an Injera. It is a savory rice and lentil crepe, served with tomato & fresh coconut chutney, and sambar, a flavorful lentil dipping soup made with vegetables and spices.

Here's how you eat it - Take a piece of the Dosa, dip it in the sambar, pile some chutney on it and pop it in your mouth. And, feel free to use your hands, the Ethiopian way.

The waitress warned us that the habanero dosa is very spicy. But according to A, when people here call something spicy, it really is not. Yeah, no problem, he said. Apparently, the Dosa was indeed spicy. The burn my ass kind of spicy. With his head all itchy, he called the waitress over and ordered a Sweet Lassi, a refreshing natural yogurt drink. God bless the Lassi! We were able enjoy the Dosa, finally.

Oh, the food was fantastic. The sambar was hot until the last spoon and had a homemade flavor. The potato stuffing was awesome. Though it was spicy, we thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the meal, including the heat ;-).
We will definitely visit this restaurant in our future visits to SFO.

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