Dosa Plaza, 20 Adelphi Bvd, Point Cook. Phone: 8334 4100
Dosa Plaza is situated in Soho Village, a small, crammed-in commercial/apartment development just off Sneydes Road.
It’s a lovely place – there’s plenty of light and part of the restaurant looks out on to a small park.
There are Dosa Plaza joints also in Camberwell, Preston and Dandenong, while the company website has a section for those interested in checking out franchise opportunities.
The restaurant’s big strength is that it is entirely vegetarian.
On the other hand, the menu (see below) is so very long that a Sunday lunch for a CTS trio is little more than a snapshot of what is available.
Pani puri ($8) are presented to us as separate components and we have a ball combining them.
The rotund puri are crisp-as yet we easily and without mishap crack holes into each into which the stuff the rice puffs, a superb potato mash and the tamarind sauce.
The result is all-round excellence.
Bennie’s mum orders palak paneer $12), a dish on which she’s a self-professed expert.
She likes this one but it is more creamy than she prefers and lacks a bit of zing.
Her naan is fine though it is soft and pliable rather than crisp.
From the Indo-Chinese selections, Bennie picks “paneer schewzan noodles” ($11.50).
He describes them as being OK and falling somewhere between what one may find in a food court or in one of our fave West Footscray spicy haunts.
My Punjabi thali ($13.50) looks a treat but ultimately disappoints.
The best of it are a lovely raita, the rice with peas and a fabulously moreish carrot halva studded with sultanas.
The three curry dishes – the above mentioned palak paneer, a tomato-based vegetable stew and an aduki bean dal – are dull.
We enjoy our time at Dosa Plaza even if our food selections mostly fail to wow us.
We can’t help but wonder if there’s greater wonders in that huge menu.
If we lived around here we’d be in this place at least a couple of times a week finding out!