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Dosa: never again

pani | Apr 11, 2006 02:33 PM

Now that I'm somewhat recovered, a report of dinner on Saturday at Dosa (on Valencia and 21st in the Mission).

We arrived at around 7 on Saturday night, got on the list, and waited about 45 minutes to be seated. FYI--they don't take reservations for parties of fewer than 5, I think.

The wait was a good opportunity for a margarita at the nearby Latin American Club, which ended up being the best part of the evening.

We strolled back and were seated promptly. Having never tried South Indian fare, we asked the waiter for recommendations. He suggested the masala dosa, dahi vada (lentil dumplings in yogurt), and bathura. We also ordered pepper chicken. Boyfriend got a Kingfish lager; I asked for water.

The dahi vada arrived fairly quickly. It was not to my taste--the dumpling was too hard and dry, like a deep-fried hockey puck floating in a sea of yogurt. The masala dosa was good, a large, thin crepe filled with spiced potatoes and served with various dipping sauces. The pepper chicken was okay, but oily. The bathura, a deep-fried bread, was huge and extremely oily.

Service issues--my water, the only drink I ordered, arrived with the check. The waiter never stopped to check in after our food arrived; had there been any problems, we would have been out of luck. Two trays of food were dropped in the hour we were there. The diners to the right of our table, who sat down 5 minutes after we had arrived, had not been served by the time we departed. The diners to the left asked for their check two or three times.

And then there were the horrible, racking stomach pains that commenced right after leaving. Probably the grease.

The check was about $60. There's no way we would return, but some people must have had a great time. There was a line of about ten people when we arrived and it was packed to capacity the entire time we were there.

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