I'm extremely hard on places like this. Many visionaries try the concept and many fail. The concept of taking street foods and common dishes moving them to America into the palacial fine dining palace of millions of dollars of renovations, foofy named cocktails, fusion music blaring over carefully arranged decor.
So when my boss asked me to make a reservation for 'Dosa' on Fillmore, I asked if had heard him right.
Upon entering I almost rolled my eyes at what was seeing. Ohh I could not wait to try the fare out at this jaunt.
Regardless my boss and our guest are from S.India, was unlikely we were going for 'four course meals' and 'wine pairings'. They do not drink and did not need menu's.
The namesake itself, 'Dosa's' are nice. I had the 'Five Moons' which were five diff Uthapam's dished up with sambar, coconut and tomato chutney. Discussion of idli's with our server was almost too endearing to educate him a bit.. The sambar oddly was very salty that eve and surely an 'oops' as that is not common.
In this lavishly decorated, almost packed and nice ambiance space on Fillmore.. my airline size Diet Coke that was served to me aside a glass of ice made me giggle a bit.
Overall it is a very nice place to unwind by yourself or with friends, that special someone. Depending on who you are, only you would know if to bring your visiting parents. They either are going to fall over converting the prices or go back home bragging their kid is soooo rich he/she spent blah blah dollars on DOSA!!!
We will be back to try out everything else on the menu:)