Ok, I’ve been hearing about this place forever. I finally went recently. It was awesome, just like people (and the huge wait list) suggest.
They have two locations, Mission and Fillmore. I met Melanie way too late one night at the Fillmore location. We intended to go to SPQR, but were snubbed without a reservation*. So we got to Dosa around 9pm and I didn’t get home until midnight, so full that I thought I might explode. It was epic.
Dosa was full at 9pm on a Saturday night. And unlike SPQR, they were kind enough to put my name on a wait list**. We sat at the bar to wait our 30-45 minutes and then were kindly seated at a table for our 10pm dinner. Perfect!
Honestly, this was many weeks ago and I don’t remember it all that well. What I do remember:
- Wait staff – nice. Recommended wine and food to us.
- The chutneys were super exciting (4 flavors!) but were waaaaay to spicy for me to eat.
- Actually, most of the food was very spicy. Thank goodness Melanie had a packet of kleenex. I destroyed it.
- The dosa recommended by the waitress was not on my radar but was SO GOOD. It doesn’t look like much, but it was completely amazing. Cause for overeating for sure.
- The curry dish was similarly really good. Not as good as the dosa, but good.
- We were way too full for dessert but got the little sweet cheesy thing anyway (you know what I mean, right?). Delish.
Overall – very good. Food was great (despite the excessive spice for me — I’m very sensitive). Atmosphere: swanky, dim, modern. Wait staff: efficient, helpful, smiley but not annoyingly so. Price: not cheap. Dude, it’s a nice, good restaurant in the City, what do you want? Not super expensive or anything though. Just compared to hole-in-the-wall Indian, which is also good but in a different way. My vote: thumbs up.
*I mean seriously, how DARE we approach their restaurant without a reservation?!? When I asked the hostess if I could put my name on the wait list (which I had to ask her, she did not ask me after I said I didn’t have a reservation), she said they seat people “first come, first served”. It was my understanding that this was how a wait list worked, but apparently she disagreed. So… I was supposed to stand there and hope that I was in the right location when a table opened up? I still want to go back (because I hear their food is good and I want to give them another chance not to be rude), but in the meantime I may suggest they change their name to SPAZ…
**Response on behalf of SPQR: “Ugh, how common of them.” See video below.