I'm a little excited today as Dhaba Dosa marks a new leap eastward out the Valley of South Indian food, now in the Langley area. We have more than our share of North Indian or at least Punjabi food which is great but food from the south of India is quite unique and we love it. It is a huge oversimplification to group Indian food into south and north as there are many regional cuisines in the country of over a billion people.
Dhaba Dosa Indian Grill
Located on 196th at 60th, we arrived in the middle of Saturday afternoon (not at lunch or diner time) and were seated right away.
We have become big fans of Indian street food. We started with Aloo Tikki Chat which is a spicy potato patty absolutely drowned in a mixture of chickpeas, onions, crispy noodles and chutney. This was excellent and wouldn't be a bad meal all by itself but as usual, I had set out to order way too much.
Next up was a very fine Lamb Biryani. With lots of tender lamb, well-seasoned rice and a surprise hard-boiled egg in the middle, Mharie declared this the best we have ever had (but we say that a lot, don't we?). A small side of raita came with this. It was very flavourful.
We ordered the Fish Chettinadu which was teeming with fish in a rich and spicy sauce. I could not tell you exactly what spices are used here but the flavour is very complex. It was a rich and warming concoction that came with a side of basmati rice and my mouth is watering even as I recall it.
I guess you could call it the main event as dosa is the uniquely south Indian dish that we love the most. This was literally the biggest crepe that we have ever had. I had always assumed that the griddle for preparing these things is of a set size but perhaps this is not the case. This crepe was large but did not suffer as to quality. It was hot and crispy and sturdy enough for its cargo.
And inside the dosa was more tasty filling than we have ever seen before. We had ordered the Aloo Gobi Dosa which came with a filling of spiced cauliflower and potatoes. We did not regret our choice. Of course, the dosa came with sambar and two chutneys so that every bite would be unique.
This whole feast came to just over $60 and we literally took half of it home for dinner!
The servers were really friendly and kept checking on us to make sure all was well. It's a nice room and the Indian music soundtrack is fine and appropriate! We were a little on the chilly side but the food warmed us! Our new favourite Indian restaurant? Probably!
Food 4 1/2 out of 5
Comfort 3 out of 5
Service 4 1/2 out of 5
Value 4 1/2 out of 5
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