San Francisco dosa-lovers, take note: Udupi Palace has opened on Valencia Street. The rava masala dosa is nice and crisp, says nuttie_cat, while the mysore masala dosa has a layer of tangy chutney inside. The potato fillings in both are tasty, if not quite spicy enough.
The vada was also nice and crisp, continues nuttie_cat, but the idly was a bit dry. Still, based on an excellent spinach masala dosa, jpancake gives this location the edge over the small chain’s Berkeley branch, and says it’s a welcome addition to San Francisco given the “bland and overpriced” food on offer at nearby Dosa, which also specializes in South Indian cuisine.
Prices at this Udupi Palace seem about a dollar higher than the one in Sunnyvale, reports nuttie_cat, with dosas mostly $7.75, uthappams $6.75, and combos of dosa or uthappam with idly and vada $9.75.
It’s clean, and folks are friendly, according to nuttie_cat, but the hours are a little, well, unpredictable in these early days, says jpancake.
Also new in town is Kasa in the Castro, reports osho. It specializes in the kati roll, a sort of Indian burrito (also known as a frankie), and fillings include lamb curry, aloo jeera (sautéed cumin potatoes), or chicken tikka, all wrapped in a flaky roti.
The grass-fed lamb is outstanding, says osho, and the curry sauce is great on its own for dipping. The chicken tikka, however, was a bit dry and underspiced. On the side you get a mixed salad and some raita. Two rolls cost $8.95.
Udupi Palace [Mission District]
1007 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Kasa Indian Eatery [Castro]
4001 18th Street, San Francisco