Friday night I had dinner at the just-opened Dosa on Valencia and 21st. It was packed, obviously people have been hungry for some South Indian food in the Mission. I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that the menu is primarily vegetarian and that it’s right next door to the resolutely mediocre Herbivore either.
We started out with the complimentary and excellent pappadum, served cut into wide ribbons, and then continued on to onion pakora. Both are served without any sauces or chutney (I asked). The pakora come with plenty of curry leaf in the batter, they were a little soft but very tasty. For main courses we had both dosa and uttapam. The dosa was fantastic, the uttapam good but not as exciting. I’m told that in India uttapam is considered breakfast food and I can see why, it’s like savory pancakes (the griddlecake kind) as opposed to dosa which are more like chewy/crispy crepes. Both came with two chutneys, a coconut/cilantro/chile one and a spicier red chile/other-ingredients-I-forget one, as well as a very good sambal. The chutneys were okay but not great. The uttapam also came with a highly spiced and delicious chaat masala that I couldn’t stop eating even though I was already full. The dosa, sambal and chaat were all definite winners, only the chutneys were disappointing. Next trip I plan to try the paper dosa (a giant thin crispy dosa served rolled like a poster with the filling on the side) and the coriander beer that they were out of on Friday.
Prices are definitely reasonable, dosas are around $7-9 and they have a good selection of beer and wine. It’s nice and cozy inside, in the typical warm-tones modern style. In short, for a few bucks more than some cafeteria-like burrito joint you can have a really nice meal.