Having opened since 2006, Dosa Hut has won the hearts of Footscray locals and other Melbournians who travel from near and far for their Indian fix. Today, there are 20 locations around the globe and the restaurant continues to serve classical Indian dishes with a fresh twist, focusing on quality ingredients. Fresh and full of spices is the name of the game and it is easy to understand why their restaurants are almost always bustling and full to the brim.
We loved visiting their Docklands outlet. As the name suggests, the dosa is the heart and soul of the eatery. Dosa is a popular South Indian pancake which is celebrated all over India. The menu started off simple but today, Dosa Hut boasts a menu of over 100 types of dosa.
We loved sampling their unique Masala spring roll dosa which was expertly made. Paper thin and perfectly crisp, these crepes were filled with potato, onion, coriander and cut into rolls. Just yum!
Apart from Dosa Hut's legendary dosa, an absolute must have is their hyderabadi dum biriyani (an extremely popular item which sees 600 serves per location on a weekend). The goat biriyani in particular impressed with its luscious morsels of tender goat served alongside perfectly cooked basmati.
Dosa Hut also serve a range of popular street foods and Tandoor including the flavour bomb, Papdi chaat which is a plate comprising of deep fried puffed wafers topped with chickpea gravy, yoghurt mint and tamarind sauce. If you can’t decide from the various claypot oven dishes then the Tandoor Mixed Platter is the way to go – It’s a beautiful selection of tender chicken tikka, seekh kebab, paneer and fish.
If you love your curries, these guys do an amazing variety. Our top picks include the Chicken Chettinad and Lamb Vindaloo. Both taste wonderfully authentic and are just a treat when enjoyed with fluffy naan.
Last but certainly not least, our favourite items on the Dosa Hut menu were the Indian-Chinese fusion dishes - brilliant. An adaptation of Chinese seasoning and cooking techniques to Indian tastes, the result is an explosion of flavour that leaves you wanting more. Days later and we’re still salivating over the Chicken 65 - spicy, deep-fried boneless morsels of chicken. Just yum!
Dosa Hut presents a vivid illustration of Indian cuisine of today. Led by founders Anil and Praveen, Dosa manages to add to its successful original eatery in Footscray without compromising on quality or flavour.
Location: Shop CW G07, 440 District Docklands
Phone: 03 9642 7983