we came for the dosai, and the dosai was good

Back to some Sydney eateries for a bit.

My girlfriend L would not stop raving on about Malabar in Crows Nest (there is also one in Darlinghurst). Lucky for her, I love Indian food, and admittedly it was a bit of a travesty that I’d never had dosai before. My father who has Indian heritage said that dosai is actually eaten as breakfast! I could totally do that.

Bangalore masala dosai

So that was what the dosai looked like. L was adamant the Bangalore masala dosai had to be ordered, and ordered it was, as shown above. How on earth was I going to eat it? Crack it open! The pancake-like thing is coated in sesame oil oh so lightly, and I swear these are the softest, most buttery-textured curry potatoes I’ve had in my life. Thus far. Oh what a dream they were…

Bangalore masala dosai, detail

The four of us shared the masala uttappam, but as L predicted, the dosai did really steal the show.

masala uttappam

Convinced that Malabar could indeed wear the ‘dosai palace’ moniker (seriously, go check on their website, sign and takeaway menu), mains were chosen. I don’t normally order biryani out because it’s not particularly special but because the restaurant claimed it was one of their other house specialities, I suggested we order it along with our other mains – malai kofta and lamb korma.

Malabar mains

The malai kofta was lovely, and the korma was okay. Usually I’d get something with a bit more heat. Not really sure what my dining companions thought – I think L orders the korma regularly? The amount of food we ordered was just perfect and the bill came to just over $30 each (including a Kingfisher beer each), which I think is extremely reasonable. The service is warm and attentive, and there are plenty of vegetarian options (the fabled dosai we had is one of them). It was nice to actually not have to totter out of an Indian restaurant for once! Sigh, wish we had a Malabar in Melbourne. I get pangs thinking about those heavenly potatoes in the dosai! If this place were local to me, I’d be going on a regular basis. L is a lucky lass!

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