I recently had lunch at at a restaurant called House of Dosas in Hicksville. (A sign in front that is easier to see from S. Broadway than the restaurant name itself proclaims mysteriously "Formerly of Dosa Hut.") The lunch was very good overall, with a couple of high points.
I had a vada(?) (a lentil flower(farina?) doughnut) and a mysore masala dosa (here without cashews). The vada was a revelation. I usually find South Indian appetizers/snacks of this sort a little bland and spongy, needing chatni to give them character, but the vada was light and had a nutty flavor. (It was made even better by superior chatnis, including a thin red one that I had never had before and whose ingredients I couldn't identify.) The dosa was good, but I have had as good before. (To put things in perspective, I've also had many that I didn't think were as good.) The sambar (sp.?) that went with it was delicious. All chatnis were exceptional to my taste.
The two people that I was with had, respectively, a vegetable curry and a spinach dosa. (House of Dosas offers an array of dosas with vegetarian fillings that I have never seen offered anywhere else. Is this the Magic Pan approach to South Indian cooking?) The vegetable curry was tasty. The spinach dosa tasted good, but struck me as a little odd. Think of palak paneer without the cheese, wrapped in a dosa.
House of Dosas is on S. Broadway a half mile (more or less) south of Old Country Road. It is in a strip mall on the right as you head south. When I was there on a Tuesday, it was packed, and some people were waiting for tables. Everyone other than my group appeared to be Indian.
I would like to hear if anyone else has experience with any of the other Indian restaurants that seem to be multiplying rapidly in this part of Hicksville. As far as I know, House of Dosas is the only South Indian one. (Or is Dosa Hut still out there somewhere?)
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