[ Madras Dosa Hut ]
Madras Dosa Hut (http://www.madrasdosahut.com/)
1123 Albion Rd (Albion & Islington, near 401-Islington exit)
i was paying a visit to Chennai Dosa Place down on Gerrard one evening, when i was completely bewildered -- as far as i could tell, it was closed .. perhaps for renovation, perhaps for good, but the windows were all newspapered up .. in retrospect, the business wasn't great, but i loved their selection of dosas .. thin crispy paper masala dosa, kari (mutton) masala dosa with a hint of gaminess .. despite occasionally slow service, i can recall many fond meals there..
my SO and i had 2.5 hours to kill out around the airport one friday evening, so i asked my coworker if there were any good places to eat out in etobicoke (him being an etobicokanite), when our conversation steered to dosas .. he suggested Madras Dosa Hut, & thus, we find ourselves out in the west end for friday night dosas ..
Madras Dosa Hut has three locations, all out in the west end .. we were at the Albion & Islington location, in a stripmall at the southwest corner of the intersecion .. big bold yellow letters, not too difficult to find ..
as we entered, i was all smiles as i saw dosas brought out from the kitchen .. paper dosas as long as my forearms, and twice as wide .. and lots of people .. signs of a potential winner ..
we were ready to order the moment we sat down .. i ordered the Rava Masala Dosa (the masala dosas are served/filled with curried potatoes, while the regular dosas are "empty" .. ), while my SO opted for the Paper Masala Dosa ..
the rava masala dosa ($7.99) arrived first, and we could barely wait to dig in .. my SO tore off tiny pieces while i was taking pics .. :) every bite of the rava dosa delivered a satisfying crunch - one side of the dosa is fried crunchy, the other side was still soft, retaining the flavour from the dosa batter (ghee & spices) ..
the dosas are served with a bowl of flavourful spicy sambar (curry stew) - i started the meal dipping my dosa in the sambar, but ended up spooning up the thick soupy goodness directly into my mouth ..
also on the platter are four chutneys .. the brown chutney is sweet tamarind sauce, the orange chutney resembled a pureed roasted red pepper with spices, the green chutney is mint & chili sauce, and the white chutney is a mild coconut puree ..
underneath the rava dosa is a generous helping of curried potato masala .. you break off pieces of the dosa, pick up a bit of the potato, and dip it into the chutneys or the sambar .. there's a fair amount of heat in the potato .. paired with the sambar, absolutely dynamite ..
the paper masala dosa ($7.99) is a larger thinner crepe, similar to a french crepe, heated on a large round flatiron .. once cooked to the appropriate crispness, it is rolled up and stuffed with masala potatos .. compared to the Paper Masala Dosas at Chennai Dosa Place, this was slightly less crispy, but are still structurally sound (i've had paper dosas that fall limp like a wet blanket .. ) .. there's enough crispiness that i could use the dosas to pick up the potatos and dip it in the sambar without making too much of a mess ..
the paper dosa is nice and thin .. and they certainly do not skimp on the masala potatos .. the two of us had trouble finishing both dishes .. we were absolutely stuffed by the end of the meal, having eaten too quickly because it was just that tasty ..