After discovering the Dosa on a trip to Kansas City a couple of years ago (no joke) it's become a favorite of mine (right up there with Tendon in my Pho).....so how come I waited this long to try a joint with 'Dosa' in it's name???? I have no answer to that...but on Friday evening I was lucky enough to dine at Dosa Place in Tustin, and thought that it deserved something said....
Dosa Place is in a great little strip mall off Red Hill and the 5 in beautiful Tustin. Along with Dosa Place, the strip mall contains a Pho joint (Pho Good...cute huh?), an all you can eat Korean BBQ joint (which on inspection during the after-meal stroll was quite smoky and noisy...just how I like it), and a chinese noodle house (which though closed, looked good). So there's plenty of other good eatin' in the strip if you don't care for Southern Indian cuisine.
On a friday night at 8:30 the restaurant was packed (with all the booths taken) so we were directed to a small table near the back. My dining companion chose the seat facing towards the crowd, so I was left staring at the steam table (I would assume used for lunch buffet?) that was pushed against the back wall for storage.
Menus and waters were procured by the oh so friendly staff, and we were off. After a quick perusal of the menu, we decided to go all veggie, and ordered the Rava Masala Dosa, the Palak Paneer, and the Guthi Vankaya.
The dosa came out first. It was a crispy dosa filled with potato curry. The dosa skin was quite good as it was made with a mixture of different flours (i don't know which) some cashews, and some spices. The potato filling was good with plenty of flavors and a good helping of peas. The dipping sauces served with it....chili/onion, coconut, and a little tomatoey stew, were all nice complements to the subtle spiciness of the dosa.
The Guthi Vankaya came out next. It was epplant cooked in masala. It was very good with big chunks of eggplant floating an a brown spicy mush. Great spicy (not hot) flavor with the substantial pieces of eggplant made for a great dish.
The Palak Paneer followed. It is heavily sauteed spinach (lots of garlic and spices) with cubes of paneer (indian cheese). It was good. The greens were great, but they were a little chintzey on the cheese, and it's a bit bland and flavorless anyway, so they should just charge a few bucks less and not include the cheese.
Dessert was a tapioca and rice pudding called Psyunam? or something to that effect. Very good and a perfect end to the meal.
Overall I was happy. It was a tad bit expensive in my opninion for INdian food. It was $29 for everything (rice was a $2 charge) before tax and tip. But the food was all very good and the service was friendly and nice. I will definitely go back, but they seem to not have a ton of vegetarian dishes. We will see.
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