Udupi Palace SF open
Udupi Palace opened yesterday in SF, a block away from Dosa. The menu looks very similar to their Sunnyvale location. Prices seem to be about a dollar higher than in the South Bay. Dosas are priced mostly at $7.75, Uthappams at $6.75.
Mr. cat and I had a Dosa combo deal that offers choice of dosa or uthappam with an idly and vada for $9.75.
I chose Special Rava Masala Dosa and Mr. Cat chose the Mysore Masala Dosa.
The dosas along with the idly and vada came with three kinds of chutneys--a mint, coconut chutney, a plain coconut chutney and a tomato-onion chutney---and a cup of sambar.
The Rava Masala Dosa was nice and crisp and the myore masala had a tangy, sour chutney spread inside the dosa. The potato stuffing in both were great, though I would liked it a little more spicy.
The vada was crispy and the idli soft but a little dry. They should be able to work those kinks out in the next few days.
I think they seem to be really going easy on the spice. Still the dosas tasted great, clean and very homey.
The place looks nice, clean and has a really friendly wait staff. I think its a great and much more reasonably priced alternative to its neighbor, Dosa.
And oh yeah, they only serve vegetarian food and no alcohol.
A friend and I went today for lunch; they intend to be open every day from 11:30am to 10pm, but may be closed on Mondays (as they were yesterday when I attempted to go) for the near future. The person I asked said they hope to get their hours nailed down within the next couple weeks, but, for now, it's not set in stone.
The spinach masala dosa I had was excellent; it's too soon to make an overall judgement, but on this visit I preferred it over the Berkeley location. We went around 12:30 and they were already doing a pretty brisk business. Given the paucity of South Indian options in the city (I found, on several visits, that Dosa was bland and over-priced), Udupi Palace is a very welcome addition. I think they're going to be quite successful.
I went this weekend. They have a wine list, which is small but this is unusual enough for Indian restaurants to be noted. I didn't try any but it looked suited to Indian food. I had the Chettinad uthappam (cauliflower + spices on top of the uthappam). It was OK. Someone else at the table had the mixed vegetable uthappam, which was very nice, and not too oily. I really liked the sambar, which is on the spicier side, and the coconut chutney. I found the vada rather bland, but the texture was good. As the original poster, the combo gives you an idly and vada on top of uthappam or dosa. It's a lot of food for a low price. Our waiter was very friendly. He gave us refills of sambar!
I went to Udupi last Thursday. Arrived around 8:30PM to a 20 min. wait. The restaurant was busy, which was a good sign, but the disorganized wait process (no sign-up, waiters just picking people to seat first, no real waiting area which meant we were sort of standing over the diners closest to the door) felt awkward.
My date and I were sat at the end of one table with another couple at the other end (two chairs empty between us, one on each side of the table). Both of us (the two separate couples) waited about 20 min. to place our orders, and the waiters didn't write them down. This was probably where our troubles started. For the record, date and I ordered the special spring dosa, the spinach masala dosa, and the pineapple uthappam (we felt adventurous). About 15 min. later, the servers brought us the wrong items, but insisted they were correct. Our neighbors got the uttappam that we ordered. Their curry was then taken away from them and delivered to us. Then it was removed from our table after flagging down a waiter (who funny enough insisted we ordered it). Then he returned it, cold, to the couple next to us. A thin crepe dosa was delivered to us, and we thought it was our spring dosa (we were told it would be a surprise, with vegetables...). We began to eat it, and after about 3 min. a waiter swooped down, picked it up, and tried to switch our partially eaten dosa with our neighbors' half-eaten uttappan. We all sort of shrieked, and the guy just stared at us. We explained that we'd already eaten the (misdelivered) food, and if they wanted to correct the order, then they should redo it. The rest of our orders were brought fine, but we all thought it was very odd that at the end we were charged for our original orders. No comps, no apologies, etc. Luckily everything was vegetarian, so we didn't need to worry about meat vs. meat-free dishes!
As for the food, I thought the curries were spicy (except for the mint) yet bland. The dosa fillings were also overwhelmingly spicy to where the flavors didn't jump on my tongue; they just tasted overblown. I'm not wowed yet.
I liked the food very much (spinach masala dosa was great), but had similar, ridiculous service as rahir. We were served the wrong food, served our appetizers twice, served food that others had already eaten from(!), and waited about 40 minutes for our dosas. While the dosa was good and inexpensive, it wasn't worth that chaos. I'll give it another month and one more try to see if they can get their act together.
Their dosas aren't particularly spicy, so I'm not sure what rahir ordered. I do like their tomato chutney and their sambar.