Dubai is an emirate of dosa-lovers. Time Out tries to track down the city's best examples.
The south Indian treat is essentially a crisp pancake, made from rice, and split, skinned urad beans (black lentils). They can be served plainly or stuffed with anything from spiced potatoes to meat to sautéed onions.
Saravana Bhavan 5/7 What Saravana Bhavan lacks in quirkiness – it boasts chains from everywhere from London’s Croydon to New York’s Brooklyn – it makes up for in its dosa batter. The resultant pancake is crisp and light, and the ratio of dosa to coconut chutney is triumphant. Alas, there were no fillings, since I ordered it, well, plain.
Sukh Sagar 2/7 A rice pancake packed with garlic, carrots, cabbage and other veggies ought to result in, if not a taste sensation, at least some kind of taste. But this offering was just bland, and even the coconut chutney and sambar dahl dips didn’t do much to liven it up.
Sukh Sagar, Trade Centre Road (04 396 7222).Spring dosa, Dhs13
Bombay Chowpatty 4/7 Don’t get us wrong, Bombay Chowpatty’s masala dosa is a deeply satisfying, and deeply inexpensive, lunch. The pancake is perfectly crisp, but can be a tad oily (causing us to lop off a star in the final rating). While we enjoyed all the intense flavours of the potato filling, we actually believe it could have done with a bit more spice.
Bombay Chowpatty, Trade Centre Road (04 396 4937). Masala dosa, Dhs20
Aryaas Vegetarian Restaurant 7/7 The dosa we found at Aryaas’ was so light, so crisp and so ethereal, that we embarrassingly scoffed it all down before the waiter had fully departed. We’re not sure what the chef did to the onions inside to make them taste so vibrant, but we now realise how horribly we had undervalued the brilliantly flavourful allium. The accompanying dahl was richly saturated with coriander, adding a wonderful balance to an already stellar dish.
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sathya Jan 15, 2010 01:39 am
Guys, SPOT ON!
I am souh indian and have tried dosas in all the four restaurants and ARYAAS easily comes out on top! Everthing in ARYAAS is so good. The author has to be very well informed in south indian cuisine, esp dosas to come up with such a accurate rating! bravo!
ps, puranmal near lamcy is also very good, north indian flavour
ps2, try poori, coriander podi dosa and cutlet in aaryas as well