This restaurant specializes in Dosas, a South Indian and Sri Lankan dish that is essentially an enormous thin pancake (like a crepe), made with ground rice and a type of bean that has been allowed to ferment, filled with a curry. House of Dosas has a wide variety of fillings to choose from.
This is another one of those "hole in the wall" restaurants that I had driven by frequently and always wondered at a stoplight but never gave it a chance. A few friends and I came here one night.
Place is mundane and cold with a couple of TV's on showing local colour. There was only 2 servers on the floor; one of which seemed to take the bulk of the work. It took a couple of minutes but we were seated. Throughout the meal I couldn't help but notice the main server wearing a path between kitchen and tables. They need some more servers on the back end.
It was the first time I had a Dosa so I didn't know what to expect. Looking at the server bring orders going to other tables it looked enormous. I settled on the Vegetarian Dosa. I remember it came with a few small accompanying sides. Everything was passable but the Lentil Soup was delicious. Great flavours and with a kick of heat that hits afterwards. The Dosa itself spanned the length of the dish and took up most of the plate's real estate. Looks were deceiving once I started making my way into the dosa. It took several bites before I had any of the filling. Nearly finished I concluded that the filling was lacking leaving me somewhat disappointed and a little hungry still (as were the rest of my friends). Tasty overall. Since I have no basis for comparison I can't say if the skant filling is how it is usually done although a few spoonfuls more would've been much appreciated.
It took a while for us to collect our bill. A sign that was definite from what I saw that night.
Doesn't seem to be something I would crave but worth a trip for those who haven't had it before.
Hate to sound like a broken record...use to zip by this place for years but always in the back of my mind...got to try out this place. Out of blue a buddy of mine of which I haven't seen in 6 months gave me a call and next thing lunch time on Friday. We decided on around 130pm...just in case it was packed with the lunch crowd.
Parking is a bit of hassle as its located on a busy intersection of Knight Street and Kingsway. I decided to park my car in the residential area just behind the restaurant. My buddies was lucky enough to fine parking on Kingsway as it was free for an hour. We stepped in and got seated promptly as the place was still semi full during this time slot. Tons of TV playing the national sport of India and Sri Lanka....cricket. Of which I still don't understand the general rules of the game. Anyways...we decided to share the appys...we got the chicken65 ($8.99) and the fish pakora ($10)...and we both got the eggplant alu dosas ($9 ea) and of course medium heat as some of my Sri Lankan and Indian friends likes their food spicy fiery hot!!
First of all, our appys arrived in no time...the chicken65 was amazing..just like chicken pakoras but a bit more batter. The fish was alright...nice curry ring on the fish pieces but a tad dry. When are dosas arrived...Holy Molly!! This was BIG...just 6" longer than both our forearms and we are big dudes. The dosa came with a coconut chutney, a lentil soup and a ginger/cardamom chutney?? How to eat this??? We decided to break it in the middle and use the 3 finger rule (actually 2 fingers and the thumb) rather than the forks on the table. The crepe taste somewhat like a thin fortune cookie but not sweet.....and the curry eggplant potato interior was smooth. Dipping with the coconut chutney...added a new dimension to the taste buds.
All in all, a solid meal and tons of catch up talk. Will definitely be back to try other items on the menu and maybe the half price dosas on mondays. Lol.
House of Dosas offers a solid meal no matter what you get (I eat their vegetarian food, but the meats are all halal meat -so high quality and compasssionately raised and slaughtered). The secret to this place is Mondays -when Dosas are only $5.99. They also serve a good selection of south asian beers and have cricket on the televisions for those who find that sport interesting to watch.
Not bad for what they offer. My friend didn't like as she found it too spicy and I found it too starchy and filling.
The Food is not bad for those who love spicy food. I'm not one of them and some items I found I need alot of the sauce/dips or I couldn't finish it. The only deal you get is their $5.99 Monday Dosa in which you get any Dosa on the menu for $5.99.
The serivce is really friendly. You can clearly see that this is family owned restaurant. The owner is really friendly. He asked how our food was and even apologised for the spicyness
The Ambiance: The setting is a small dinning area and the only thing up is the Sri Lankan flag. A tv sits in one corner of the restaurant.
After driving by this place all the time and seeing that it's always pretty busy, we decided to stop in for dinner. It was Monday, so all their dosas were on special for $5.99. We didn't know what a dosa was, so our server was nice enough to explain that it's an Indian crepe, filled with whatever you want. We went with the lamb w/spinach and the chicken dosas.
I must say, the food was okay at best. We ordered the dosas "spicy", but it definitely came to us "mild". The dosa reminded me of the pancakes at DeDutch. The lamb did not have enough spice or flavor and the chicken dosa reminded us of chicken pot pie. So, as I said, we tried it, but won't be trying it again as it was nothing special.
Staff are attentive and pretty good, but the food generally falls in the "average" category. I was disappointed with the way the meat and veggies and spices in my dosa were clumped together within it, as opposed to being mixed well throughout.
Try the Chicken 65 (I think that's what it's called). They are spicy chicken chunks that are quite tasty. If it's your first time trying a dosa, go on Monday for half $5.99 dosas
First time tonight, have seen it for years driving by and always wanted to stop in. Didn't disappoint, very friendly service, we really felt wanted there in way that is very unusual in Vancouver. I had the Madras masala dosa, it had these finely chopped red onions inside that really made it nice. I had tea, seemed like everyone else was having tea or chai too. Very highly recommended!
Being used to establishments like "Udupi Madras Cafe" and "Saravana Bhavan" in Mississauga, I was hoping that the "House of Dosas" was same or better. Alas, the Dosas were cold, very salty and not crispy enough (Paper Masala Dosas).
The service was good, but the ambiance was terrible (screaming kids). The washroom was dirty and an open garbage can was present near it. The only good thing @ this restaurant was the beef curry, which was decent. Do NOT go here if you are used to good Dosas in Ontario, Sri Lanka or India.
I am originally from the states (florida).I am on a tour to Canada, Alaska etc . I visited this place called house of dosa's on
May 30 2007 around 5-ish pm. I went in an the waiter was kind enuf to gimme a good seat right near the window . I looked at the menu and saw all prices and their different dosas i was impressed with the different kinds they make. So i called my waiter and asked about madras special masala dosa and he was good enuf to explain me how it was made and what goes in it and i ordered it but before that i ordered for chicken 65 and trust me its a dish you shouldn't miss out its awesome and best as the best part is the friend onions(Tadka) goes above the boneless chicken pieces comes with a hot an sweet sauce. Then came my dosa its a big crepe filled with anything you want in my case it was potatoes etc.i loved it so much i ordered one more and managed to finish it too.I did thank the chef who was buzy making dosas in the kitchen.
When i went for the bill i met the owner of the restaurant he was so kind enuf to share some details on his past and his background etc as he is truly an experienced person in this field.
so finally i would say please do visit this dosa joint as its phenomenally gr88 place to be .Tata...
Food: Love, love, love their masala dosas with sambhar. They are just perfect. My dad always orders their chicken curry with roti. I don't think they have it anymore. But he loved it. Their vada and idli platter is a hit with mom and my boy friend.
But I always found their idli to be a bit too dry and hard. So i'm not a big fan of that but their vadas are delicious.
Service: extremely friendly and quick. They make you feel at home.
Ambiance: What distinguishes this place from other Indian restaurants for me is they always have cricket on. I love cricket. It makes the meal all the more enjoyable.
If i'm craving spicy dosas this is where i'll go without a doubt.
This is THE place to go for dosas. If you are serious about them and want quality this is it.
There are several other dosa places in the lower mainland and believe me I’ve been to all of them. I haven’t been to a place that serves’ bad dosas but didn’t find a place that served realy good ones wither until I came here.
Service here is good too it’s prompt and courteous
Thought I'd give place a try and I was thoroughly satisfied.
The food fills you right up, and it's delicious. I had the server recommended Onion Rava Masala Non-Veg Filled Dosa and it was great.
The service was fantastic. The server was friendly, and gave great recommendations. When we complimented the food, the cook came out to greet us. He obviously had great passion for what he did, as he was eager to answer all our questions regarding the ingredients and the cooking progress for each of the food we had ordered.
I'm not a native Indian so I may not be an expert with Indian food, but the food tasted solid. The lamb in the lamb dosa my friend had ordered didn't have the usual lamb smell, and the herbs weren't overwhelming either. Half price mondays + 24 hour open = bonus, too
After reading many great reviews on House of Dosas, and hearing amazing things about it from some friends, I finally decided to try this small restaurant.
First of all, cash only puts me off a little. Sure, it's better for them - they don't pay the debit/credit fees, but I had to withdraw money from a close-by ATM not from my bank. Not a great start. Inside, it was crazy busy; being Monday night all dosas are $5.99. Regardless, we were seated adequately within 15 minutes. The place is small, nothing special.
Decor is sub par , bland . Couple TV's playing sports, nothing really said 'India' in there. The staff and service was pretty great though - hard working , attentive, on top of stuff. Good job there. The food arrived, promptly.
Veggie Pakora were pretty good, tiny bit soggy but good overall. My impression of the Dosa ? Not great. One of the chutneys was ok, but overall I didn't enjoy the taste experience. The crepe just didn't seem to go well with the food inside, I thought. I appreciate the nutritional value - some good ingredients there, just not very tasty. In the interest of fairness, it is my first Dosa experience.
With all the dosa hype, I was pretty disappointed in their taste. Don't see myself going back, but if dosas are your thing, I can see why you'd like this place.
We have been going here steadily for the past couple of years. The dosas are paper thin and always delicious. Love the roti with chicken gravy and also the beef curry. Even their Thalis on Tuesday nights are interesting - a great opportunity to try a bunch of different vegetarian dishes. Everything we've ordered is full of flavor. Service is very friendly. Heard they are opening another restaurant a couple of doors down. Can't wait!
A few days hubby and I went ... even though it's a long drive for us.
Our timing was great since we got seats ... people who came after us had to wait flor at least 15 - 30 mins. So remember to make a reservation especially on Monday nights when all dosas are for $5.95.
We had masala dosas and idils ... was being of East Indian ethinicity we loved it (nearly as good as the ones in Bangalore).
The service was a bit slow .. the server explained they were short of 2 staff members.
All of the other patrons were enjoying themselves and people didn't mind waiting for the food to arrive (as it was piping hot when it came so this meant the food was fresh).
Went to try this out after driving by it a million times.
The food was tasty and the service was more than adequate. My only complaint was that they really need to spell things out more for the non Sri-Lankan/Indian folks. We're not all conversant on the difference between a dosa and a paper dosa. And what is the Uttappam? us honkies don't know!!
Anyways, I settled on the Mixed Veg Dosa, and my friend had the Meat & Mixed Veg Dosa (chicken). We were surprised to see this baseball-bat like things on a plate.
The dosa is very tasty, and while we pussied out and got "mild", the soup was stinking hot and the curry was sweat-inducing. We're not spice-shy, either, so if you're really not good with spicy foods, you're not going to have a good time.
Ambience was meh, but whatever. Value wasn't the best, though I hear they have cheap Mondays, which is probably the best time to go.
All in all, it was a pleasurable meal, and I will likely go back.
After my long holidays i went to house of dosas. , i felt totally diff vibe. place is so much happening. i am so happy that i can see matches too, but the thing make me so happy is the atmosphere is so much india, sply by pic subhash chandra bose and indian emblam near counter. food is priced carefully and working for them. portion is ok , but taste of sambhar is not much liked. i had rava dosa is my first time and i liked it , very crispy. staff is very nice but all have different cloths, so looks like cafe style .
but i am happy i went there, and will go there with my friends, keep it up guys,
I don't know much about dosas or south indian cuisine but i was happy with my meal I had some sort of paneer (indian) curry dosa. I don't really have anything to compare it to. I wrote a review because they had the best lassi ive ever had!! To this day I still think about the smoothie it was amazing!
Hi there, this comes from someone who is Indian and has be raised on foods like this place serves. The dosas are incredible and certainly very well priced. Some people obviously do not know how they should be appearance wise and the filling. These guys serve you an authentic dosa and they come in many different varieties. The idly I had was also very good and well priced.
I would really recommend this place to anyone looking for South Indian cuisine.
I visited this restaurant recently and was dissatisfied with the food and the service. Sambar tastes like the one made before 5 days with no salt added to it. dosas get cold before they reach us. service is really bad with no server caring to clean the table even after 10 mins of your being seated. I was refused when asked for the beer saying that they were out of beer, but could see beer being served to people on special request . With used plates and dishes in front of the washroom it looks very unhealthy. Over all this place is not worth its say.