Food Review: Dosa Palace
Vegetarians who have stayed away from Taste of Kerala on account of its focus on meat and seafood dishes, may want to check out Dosa Palace. The new vegetarian restaurant, located in the lane opposite Siddharth College, is run by the same chaps who run the Fort-based lunch home. As of now, it’s more of a takeaway than a full-fledged restaurant—we found ourselves in a small, square room with narrow stainless steel tables and uncomfortable steel stools. The AC section, which will have more seating, isn’t open yet.
From the 15 types of dosas on offer, we tried the regular masala, spring masala, and Mysore sada. The spring masala (Rs35) is their version of a Chinese dosa, stuffed with shredded cabbage, onion, and potatoes. Noodles, surprisingly, were missing from the dosa, which had the strong flavour of coarsely chopped garlic, used to prepare the bright red but mild Schezwan sauce. (A more delicious Chinese take on the South Indian staple is the fiery noodle-stuffed Chinese dosa offered at Ramu’s Dosa stall in Khar.) The Mysore sada (Rs25) was as crisp as a paper dosa but not too different from a regular sada dosa in taste even though it was smeared with a red chilli paste. Our masala dosa (Rs25) was the best of the three. It was crisp at the edges and soft towards the padded centre beneath which was the potato stuffing, seasoned with mustard seeds, chana dal, and peas. In short, it was everything we expect from a masala dosa. The idlis (Rs20), on the other hand, were neither as fresh nor as fluffy as they should have been. The dense and grainy orbs were dunked in a slightly sweet, mostly spicy sambhar that was also served with all the dosas. Dosa Palace is a long way from joining the ranks of the best South Indian snack joints in our city. The food is average, and they don’t seem to have enough people to make deliveries. The affordable pricing however makes it a good-enough option for a meal on the run.
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Location86 Janmabhoomi Marg
Opposite Siddharth College
D. N. Road
Phone022 2204 8747, 022 2284 5804
HoursDaily, 9am to 9pm