So a slightly weird thing happened to me while I was at Dosa Factory today. It wasn’t really anything of a big deal, just slightly awkward/uncomfortable that I wanted to complain about on my blog because I’m seriously the most boring person on earth and I’ve got absolutely nothing else to talk about. So here goes:
I went to Dosa Factory this week for their specials. Like House of Dosas, which is located just a few doors down, they have a special on Monday where they have a selected variety of their dosas going (currently) for $6.99, which is $1 higher than HoD, but they do include a small dessert in their combo. The restaurant was understandably quite busy when I arrived (because who can resist a $6.99 dosa?), and I ended up getting a table that’s right next to the cash register at the front where a lot of people are standing around to pay their bills. I decided to get their Chicken Mixed Vegetable Dosa.
Chicken Mixed Vegetable Dosa ($6.99 on Mondays):
The Monday special consisted of a dosa, three chutneys (coconut, tomato and sambar) and a small, bite-sized dessert (I got a Ras Malai). The dosa is essentially a large, thin crepe, and has a crispy texture in the regions near the edges and a softer, chewier texture in regions closer to the interior. On its own it has a slightly tangy flavour; I ate it with the chutneys (my favourite is the coconut, which is creamy and has a nice aroma). There was a generous amount of filling, which consisted of chicken, potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and peas. The meat and vegetables is well-cooked and seasoned, and had a nice aroma from the spices, although I could have done with a bit more heat. While I’m generally not the biggest fan of Indian desserts (I find them too sweet, which is a bit shocking as I LOVE sugar), I actually quite liked the Ras Malia, which wasn’t overly sweet and had a nice creaminess and aroma.
So what is the “awkward” thing that I was talking about at the beginning of this post? Well it is this: while I was sitting alone at my table beside the cash register, waiting for my food to arrive, a random stranger came and plotted herself right down in a chair at my table. She was apparently a customer who had ordered her food to-go and decided to take a seat while waiting for it to be prepared. Not that she told me this; no, she never spoke or asked if it was okay to sit at my table while she waited for her food. I know that this isn’t a big deal and I’m probably being a spoiled, entitled a-hole for bitching about it, but I do wish that she could have at least asked…
In spite of the slightly weird incident, I returned the following day to try more of their food. The restaurant was almost completely empty this time and I got a nice table far from the cash register and any customers who might be tempted to sit down at my table while they waited for their food. They had their Kothu special on Tuesday, which is currently priced at $10.99 (the normal prices is $13.99+). While I normally do prefer chicken, I ended up ordering their lamb version. Why? Because I’m a cheap Asian who could not ignore the fact that the chicken kothu parotta was only $13.99 on regular days while the lamb is priced at $15.99, meaning that I save $5 instead of $3, that’s why!
Lamb Kothu Parotta ($10.99 on Tuesday):
This is the first time that I’ve had this type of dish and now that I’ve tried it, there’s no doubt that I’d be ordering this more in the future. This is quite similar to a fried noodle dish, except with strips of chopped up parotta (which is a type of flatbread) in place of the noodles, mixed with various spices, eggs and lamb. The parotta had a soft chewy texture that is a bit like rice noodle rolls. It was very flavourful and had a great fragrance from the spices. I had requested the dish to be spicier and they made it perfectly: there was a good amount of heat, just enough to make my eyes water slightly. There was a good amount of lamb, which was very tender and not too gamey. It was quite a large portion too: I was quite full about 2/3 of the way through the dish but it was so addictively tasty that I just couldn’t stop eating the whole thing.
The kothu parotta left me completely, utterly stuffed. I was seriously so full that I ended up spending the next few hours with my belt unbuckled (my apologies for the disturbing image). After visiting this restaurant twice, I’ve got say that I really like this joint. While I do prefer HoD a tad more (I do think that their service is better), this is still a very good restaurant, and definitely worth visiting (especially on Mondays).