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House of Dosas

1391 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC V5V3E3
Tel: (604) 875-1283
Neighbourhood: East Side

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first time dosa eater
By pretentionless of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 10, 2009 - 3:49pm [Dine in]

My wife and baby and I went there for lunch on the weekend recently and had a good experience.

It's not a fancy restaurant, but pretty clean and busy which we took to be a good sign. The waiters were very friendly and casual, but not exactly the most efficient. We thought we ordered an appetizer after a few questions, but it never came and we weren't charged for it, so I guess there was a miscommunication. We had to ask for fill-ups of water which isn't great, but the overall friendliness of the waiters meant we didn't really care too much.

The lamb dosa was really good. I can't say that we knew how to eat it with the sauces it comes with - and that wasn't explained - but the flavour was rich and the sauces were tasty. We'll definitely try dosas again. The appetizer and dessert were also pretty good. The portions aren't huge, but the prices are fair. We'll be back for lunch or dinner again.

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I'll Definitely be back for Dosas
By mealsgrrl of East Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 9:21pm [Dine in]

Like many others, having driven by a million times and chuckling at the "come watch cricket" digital sign while waiting at the light, I had never expected to have such a great time here.
Based on my red-light waiting, I expected the House of Dosas to be a quiet restaurant with a sticky floor and plastic forks. I was pleasantly surprised to find a full-fledged restaurant inside, and licensed at that. I love to have beer with Indian food and they've got some decent choices. The packed tables with large groups of laughing friends was another bonus. What a great spot to escape the rain.
I ordered a Duvel beer to drink which was ice-cold. For dinner my date and I shared the lamb korma and a palak paneer dosa. They both arrived with all of the proper accompaniments: the korma with pickles, raita, poppadom, and naan, and the dosa with lentil gravy and two side sauces. I've got to say that the dosa was great- superbly long, light and flaky with the proper amount of filling and extra crepe on the sides for dipping in the gravy. However, the korma was above great- it was excellent. Super fresh cilantro and tomato atop; rich spices, the sauce was of proper consistency, and tender lamb. The naan was a bit chewy but fresh and tasty nonetheless. Next time I'll get the lamb korma dosa.
I thought that the server juggled the tables very well considering the crowd. To pay the bill, you've got to go up to the cash register which is fine with me because it allows you to sit and digest without pressure to pay until you're ready.
I'll definitely be going back and next time I'm bringing my hockey friends. Maybe we'll get into the cricket game that's playing...

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Reminded me of Juhu Beach
By willtryanythingonce of Burnaby (14 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 2, 2008 - 12:34am [Dine in]

I just went with a friend of mine who has never tried South Indian food and having heard good things about this place, decided to try it out. I certainly did not expect it to be as "homey" as it looks, but the food takes precedence over the decor.

The chutneys were fantastic. Our server was one of the managers and he was very helpful in explaining dishes to my friend and also recommending menu items for me to try. I asked for the dahi vada as it was not on the menu and it was delicious.

The Madras Special Dosa was really spicy and a huge portion. I actually took it home with me. My friend tried the Vindaloo Dosa (never would have thought to put these two together!) but it was surpringly tasty.

We were never rushed and sat right by the window so enjoyed looking out at the passersby. As an added treat, if you a Cricket fan, then they have matches contstantly going on the TV in the dining room.

Overall, a very nice place for a Sunday Brunch.

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Definitely take out the next time
By currypuff of Kitsilano, Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 27, 2007 - 6:07pm [Dine in]

They were shortstaffed last night, on a very busy Friday night. As a result, we waited a long time to get menus, an even longer time for food. Never been there before, had no idea what a dosa was till I tasted it. Crispy, paper-thin and slightly sour, the dosa was a real treat. Fillings were tasty too. I had eggplant alu dosa, and my partner had mixed vegetable dosa. Both were excellent, at both mild and medium "heat" levels. Veggie pakoras are some of the best I've had. Chai tea and mango lassi rounded out the meal nicely, helping to tame the spiciness. Ambience is really lacking... no music but definitely the sound of the fan from the kitchen in the dining area. Lighting is poor too.

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$5.99 Dosa Mondays!
By JeNoodle of downtown Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 15, 2007 - 4:32pm [Dine in]

i was introduced to south indian food by a south indian friend; i'd only eaten (and cooked) north indian cuisine before. thought i'd hit it up on a monday night, since all dosas on the menu are a mere 5.99. first of all, i'd never tried coconut chutney before, and oh my, it's like eating rich, creamy dollops of thick coconut. yum. i recommend the paneer masala dosa; a dosa filled with indian cheese (no, paneer is a north indian food staple, but it's sooooo good), with red bell peppers, potatoes and onions in a spicy mixture. also, not on the menu (and recommended by my friend) is the dhai vadai; savoury indian doughnuts submerged in a bowl of yogurt. perfect for sharing. two can eat for $16, tip and tax.

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No more 24 hours
By venusrevealed246 of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 1:36am [Dine in]

I usually go there for any of our staff birthday parties in the late night , we are more than 12 people, we usually go there once in a month , i had lunch with my family , the food was really delicious, last time when we went with my staff they didn't let us in , they said it was closed , the time was just after 3 , it was my staff birthday and wanted to celebrate there , we requested for at least takeout , but they refused , its very disappointing , i know the owner of the restaurant very nice gentlemen , before they let us in even if its quarter after 3, the sign says 24 hours , but its not . I am also a owner of a restaurant if this scenario comes to my restaurant i would definitely give a takeout .Its really disappointing .

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Did not know they serve Halal meat
By Occasional visitor of Kingsway vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, November 28, 2011 - 2:18pm [Dine in]

I was surprised to read that this restaurant serve Halal meat but for some reason when ever I visited I did not notice any HALAL MEAT serve sign, Need to wait for 5 minutes to order food and another 25 minutes to get it on table.The owner is good person and the service is little bit on slow side

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Not bad, not good either.
By mikaj of burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 7:06pm [Dine in]

My girlfriend and I have driven by here many times and after reading many positive reviews we decided to give it a shot. After reading the menu, we decided on lamb dosa and vindaloo and it came out pretty fast too. However, our biggest disappointment was that there really was no taste to it! We weren't asked for a preferred level of spice, so I am to assume they feed this to everyone. I'm not Indian, but I have eaten at a fair amount of restaurants to feel let down with tasteless Indian food. The dosa's "crepe" portion had a lovely texture and the food was filling enough. Sadly, we won't be back unless we're starved into the late hours of the night with no where else to eat.

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Excellent place to eat South Indian Food in Vancouver BC [ HOUSE OF DOSAS]
By Foodlover545 of vancouver (main) (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, June 2, 2010 - 11:57pm [Dine in]

Me and my family frequently eat here. We have no problem going back here again and again. Reasonably priced and mouth watering selection of menu. We enjoy all the live cricket game here. It is very convenient now to go anytime there now , because they are open 24/7. My 2 kids like their Kid dosa and Mango lassi. Visitor's must eat place. They have all dosa on $ 5.99 on Mondays. Thali spl on Tuesday. Hoppers on Wednesday. There is a reason to go here, even though line up most of the time. We don't mind waiting for the good food in the town.

Suresh and Family.

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Taster1122 Review
By Taster1122 of Vancouver,bc (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 18, 2008 - 11:58am [Dine in]

This place has always been passed by me as I head to downtown, to richmond or even to metrotown. But I never gone there, until today.

I tried the recommended "Eggplant" dosa. Please know that there prices are regularly between 8.99 and up except Monday. They told me that the eggplant dishes was hight sought after and that they personally recommended it. I guess, what the heck, i love eggplant and willing to try it.

The outcome? It didn't taste all that profound. Not sure if they recommended this for the sake of getting rid of their excess vegetables. I was surprised with the size of the dosa they brought out. But when i took a closer look inside, it was a small portion of guu inside it. Appearance wise, it gets 10/10. Taste wise, i give it a 4/10. I tried 3 different dosa to sample different taste. Service was kinda poor as they don't refill waters unless i wave my arm like crazy. The ambiance is none as there is no warmth or culture to it.

Would I go back? NO. Would I bring friends? YES. The reason is to impress with the size of the dosa at first glance.

This place is recommended for first trial so that you can see how incredible the size of the paper thin dosa is. But dont' expect too much for the value of it.

Cheers,
Taster1122

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Taste like the Juhu Beach Dosas (Mumbai)
By Perfectcritic of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 20, 2007 - 5:21pm [Dine in]

As i entered through the main door i saw that there were no 'mastercards' or 'visa' or 'amex' sticker on it and i checked my purse whether i had enough cash. On the long weekend of saturday, the 2 'thambis' (Waiters) were really busy as the restaurant was fully packed and hence the services were slow.
The 2 sided plastic laminated menu showed the prices of dosas starting from 5.99 and some of the dosas also had the punjabi 'tadka' in it. The other side of the menu contained all non veggie stuff & beverages that showed the price of chai starting $2.50 which made me to stick to the first page only.
I have eaten millions of dosas in my home country but this was one of the best i have ever had on the canadian soil.
I ordered the dosas in the mumbaiya style and the waiter understood what taste i want ..the dosas came in leaf coloured designed plate which reminded me of the juhu beach dosas of mumbai. The plate had the 2 different chutneys with a 'vati' (still bowl) of sambar in it. The size of the doasas were good and also was the quality.
Tip to first time 'Dosa Eaters' : Try to taste the veggie stuff like the masala dosa or onion uttappam with medium spicy (Its not too spicy) and as u graduate with the taste u can go for non veggie dosas.
Tip for Advance eaters 'Perfect quality' lookers : Masala dosas taste better than (mumbai's sheety restaurants dosas) with heavy spicy (It will not be spicy). Sambar is good but at times it may be less salty but still it depends on your taste. See if you can customise the dish and you will really really enjoy just like i did.

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Take yourself out for a beer and some South Indian
By blueturnip of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 29, 2009 - 12:14am [Dine in]

Come on in! Have a ice cold beer and dig in to some fantastic Chicken 65! It's the new buffalo wings. Enjoy the ambiance. The bollywood movie or cricket game fills the open space with some suitable background noise and warmth. You aren't supposed to be there for the television anyway. It's about sharing some food with your friends.

The owner is warm and hospitable and it's a family run place. The other comment about waiting for the bill is quite true. I think they like for you to saunter over to the front counter when you are ready, as many of their customers like to linger far past the end of the meal. I first stopped here on an impulse over 6 years ago with a friend from out of town. After 2 full bellies, the bill was only $16.00 and we still had enough left over for lunch the next day.

The prices have changed a bit now but the portions are still generous. If you haven't had a dosa, be prepared to be impressed when it comes out. It's light, crispy and when soaked into the sambar, simply divine. They also have some solid standby north indian dishes and the eggplant curry hits all the right notes.

The place doesn't put on airs and so bring only your closest friends. The ones who you'll let crash on your sofa and don't mind willing away an hour sharing a beer, a story and a yummy rice and curry crepe.

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Tasty Dosas
By kimberley of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2008 - 1:51pm [Dine in]

House of Dosa is another restaurant we frequent regularly. The ambiance is nothing to scream about and the service is often slow...but each time we go, it has been well worth the wait. The chicken and mixed vegetable dosa is delicious and so is the roti with gravy.

I just wish they would get more organized and train their staff to be more efficient. Often they seem confused as to which order goes to which table.

They recently got a liquor license, so you can now enjoy a beer with your dosa. Even if you don't go on Monday's when dosas are half-price, you still get great value for your money. Will go back again and again.

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Bring all out-of-town guests!
By Chantal of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 2, 2007 - 2:02pm [Dine in]

I love this place! The food is fantastic - the flavours are wonderful and varied. But it's the overall experience that I like. I love that it is family run. Sure the service might be a little slow when it's busy - but it's worth the wait. Whenever I speak to someone who's never had a Dosa, I take them straight here and surprise them. Yah you might need a tums after - but you have to live a little!

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Amazing Food, ok ambience
By pidge of victoria, vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 1, 2007 - 4:20pm [Dine in]

The best dosas I've ever had in Canada. The dosas were spicy, crispy, full-flavoured and generously portioned. The food was authentically South Indian/Sri Lankan, and just delicious. Fantastic sambar, and excellent chutneys, as well. The service and ambience were ok, but the food makes the place really stand out.

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