Every Monday in East Van, something special happens. People from all walks of life congregate on a small, South Indian restaurant to gorge on a mystifying delicacy… the $5.99 dosa!
The dosa is a strange, beautiful beast, one that you certainly don’t see rubbing shoulders with butter chicken in Indian restaurants of the West. It’s a (comically) large chick-pea crepe, which is crispier and more savoury than the traditional French preparation, similar in flavour to the crisp papadum. The first time one is presented to you, it’s visually perplexing and looks enormous, but that’s all part of the adventure.
The only way to attack this thing is with your hands, cracking and pulling and ripping until you get to the savoury curry filling. Once you get to your lamb vindaloo or chicken palak or any variety of vegan mix you scoop it up into the dosa, top it with the chili and coconut purees and devour. A warm, spicy cup of lentil soup accompanies. It’s bliss.
These things normally run $8-12, so understandably the place is packed on Mondays for the customer appreciation discount. You leave STUFFED, and for $5.99, you’re not going to find a better or more satisfying meal around. Get there early.