604 Barkly St, West Footscray. Phone: 9687 0171
Dosa Hut, as far as I’m aware, was the first to bring dosas and the like to our part of the world – and for that I’ll be forever grateful.
For the past year or so, it fell out of favour with us, and by then there were other places to get our dosa fix – most notably, Vanakkam India.
The reasons we moved on from Dosa Hut were simple – in its earlier days the place had a makeshift ambiance that made us feel a little ill at ease. It was a bit like we felt we were sitting amid hurried preparations for an eatery that was soon to open – rather than enjoying one that was already up and running.
As well, the service had a sort of distracted air about it.
Following a Thursday night foray, I’m very happy to report that Dosa Hut has changed – for the better.
The place has had a low-key fit-out that makes it seem much more welcoming. There’s an extended menu that takes in not just dosas, idlys, vadas and biryani of various stripes, but also noodles, uttapam, omelettes, a range of snacks and even a modest list of Indo-Chinese dishes.
There’s even a display cabinet to one side of the servery filled with fine-looking Indian sweets.
As well, the service could not be more efficient or smiling. I wasn’t counting, but I reckon I received my dosa about five minutes after ordering.
Here and elsewhere I have experimented with various dosa types – variations including onion, cheese, egg, chick, lamb and so on.
But for me, and countless others no doubt, masala dosa is the king.
My Dosa Hut masala dosa ($7.50) was beaut.
Every element of it was fine – crispy pancake, potato stuffing laced with mustard seeds and curry leaves, sambar and two chutneys, one that seemed to be tomato/chilli-based and the other of creamy coconut.
A warning though: All three accompaniments had a degree of chilli hit about them, even the usually cooling coconut number. Nothing to worry most anyone used to eating out in the west, but their combined heat might be a little too incendiary for kids.
It’s real nice knowing Dosa Hut has become a place we’ll be returning to again.
In the meantime, things are changing in Barkly Village.
Opposite Dosa Hut, what used to be an old-style pizza/pasta joint is now a swish new thin-crust genuine Italian pizza place called Gusto On Barkly that is Very High on our “to do” list.
And a bit further down the road towards Footscray proper, what was once half a video rental establishment is soon to become another dosa/biryani outfit!
Oh happy day!