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Best dosas?

vcm Jul 21, 2010 08:30 AM

I'm wondering where I could find the best or at least really good dosas in Toronto. Anywhere in the 416 is preferable but I'm willing to go north to Markham, east to Pickering or west to Mississauga.

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  1. sweetie RE: vcm Jul 21, 2010 09:49 AM

    Have you tried the Saravanaa Bhavan at Woodside Mall. I have been told they are fast food/chain restaurant. But I have found the dosas to be okay, certainly not the best, but good enough and close enough for me. Better dosas are further off my beaten path...sigh.

    Saravanaa Bhavan
    1571 Sandhurst Cir, Toronto, ON M1V1V2, CA

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      pekingcowboy RE: vcm Jul 21, 2010 12:22 PM

      Guru Lukshmi makes some excellent dosas - 2555 Erin Centre Blvd #3 (at Erin Mills Pkwy), Mississauga. 905-803-8310. I've gone to this place a few times, and have never been disappointed.

      Saravanaa Bhavan is also worth trying (in Mississauga as well)

      Saravanaa Bhavan
      4559 Hurontario St, Mississauga, ON L4Z3L9, CA

      Guru Lukshmi
      , Mississauga, ON L5B, CA

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        shariberri RE: pekingcowboy Jul 22, 2010 07:22 PM

        Second Guru Luskhmi- It really is fabulous.... I've tried others (Including Madras and Saravana) and think this takes the cake! You must ask them to give you a "patch" on your dosa. They make all sorts of flavored dosas- and people are often unsure, so they make one corner in a different flavour and call it a a "patch".... yum!

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          dangerjno RE: shariberri Feb 22, 2012 08:40 AM

          I can't say from personal experience, but I've been told Laksmi is the "best" dosa in TO.

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        romanruin RE: vcm Jul 21, 2010 01:47 PM

        We are big fans of Madras Dosa Hut on Albion Rd just west of Islington. Consistently good, great variety, very fresh, nice service, decent Bollywood videos. But we have not sampled dosa's widely.

        Madras Dosa Hut
        1123 Albion Rd, Toronto, ON M9V1A9, CA

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          Minister of Kebab RE: romanruin Jul 21, 2010 02:29 PM

          South India Dosa Mahal on Bloor west of Dufferin - on the north side, horrible garish pink sign - but very excellent dosas. Also Madras Mahal, next door to Banjara - just by christie pits on the north west corner of the park. Have had less from Madras Mahal, but South Indian Dosa Mahal...while it won't win any design awards...has great dosa.

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            pastina RE: Minister of Kebab Jul 21, 2010 06:50 PM

            Another fan of South India Dosa Mahal.

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              KitchenVoodoo RE: Minister of Kebab Jul 21, 2010 09:07 PM

              I'm willing to go anywhere in the city for a decent Dosa. My Gold Standard was the Madras Dosa Hut on Ashdale (long gone) then I fell in love with Madras Durbar on the Little India strip (also long gone). Not greatly impressed by Udupi Palace - dosa is nice and light and crisoy but filling is lacking any punch or flavour. Fresh green chillies and fresh choped coriander would be great.

              Little India
              255 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z4, CA

              Udupi Palace
              1460 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4L2A3, CA

              Madras Dosa Hut
              1123 Albion Rd, Toronto, ON M9V1A9, CA

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            Zengarden RE: vcm Jul 21, 2010 04:23 PM

            Udupi Palace in Little India, on Gerrard Street, just west of Coxwell. I guess this place also falls into the category of "Fantastic Food" not so great decor. I really enjoyed the Dosas there. Light and crispy with lovely accompaniments.

            Udupi Palace
            1460 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4L2A3, CA

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              SusanB RE: Zengarden Jul 21, 2010 04:51 PM

              I like Udupi Palace as well - it's not far from my house. But I've also gone to Saravanaa Bhavan in MIssissauga when I've been out that way working - also pretty good. Good prices at both places.

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                KitchenVoodoo RE: SusanB Mar 25, 2011 08:05 PM

                I sought out Saravanaa Bhavan in Mississauga recently when a work assignment placed me in their vicinity - I found their Masala Dosa to be too greasy, and the condiments seemed bland and somehow "processed".
                Still searching for the perfect Dosa!

                Saravanaa Bhavan
                4559 Hurontario St, Mississauga, ON L4Z3L9, CA

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                Full tummy RE: Zengarden Jul 21, 2010 07:40 PM

                Third the recommendation for Udupi Palace.

                You're right about the decor, but I appreciate that it's at least clean, which is something you can't say about some of the other places in Little India.

                Udupi Palace
                1460 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4L2A3, CA

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                  ipac RE: Full tummy Mar 26, 2011 04:54 AM

                  If you have not tried guru Lakshmi u r missing out on the beat doses anywhere

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                    Full tummy RE: ipac Mar 26, 2011 06:44 AM

                    Where is guru Lakshmi?

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                      ipac RE: Full tummy Mar 26, 2011 06:54 AM

                      erin mills and eglinton in mississauga

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                        Full tummy RE: ipac Mar 26, 2011 11:48 AM

                        Ack! That is a drive I am not likely to make. For us east-enders, something closer would be helpful.

              3. Paulustrious RE: vcm Mar 26, 2011 07:38 AM

                I've always enjoyed the ones at Rashnaa (Sri Lankan) on Wellesly by Parliament.

                But I'm no expert.

                307 Wellesley St E, Toronto, ON M4X1H2, CA

                1. hal2010 RE: vcm Mar 26, 2011 09:06 PM

                  The dosas at Udupi Palace are great, but the filling is a bit bland if you're looking for spice and heat. Try the Mysore Masala dosa for full effect. However, having had a few meals in South India, that's the way they tend to be. The sambar, mango pickle and coconut chutney spice it up.

                  Udupi Palace
                  1460 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4L2A3, CA

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                    Tony8952 RE: vcm Mar 27, 2011 01:03 PM

                    Guru Lukshmi, Madras Dosa Hut and Saravanaa Bhavan are good.




                    1. KhaoSanRoad RE: vcm Feb 22, 2012 06:53 PM

                      for my money, i prefer madras palace (somewhere in scarboro). the wrap is always fresh and crispy and the filling well seasoned. (i just felt like kramer with the glowing neon signs inside)

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                        torontobelly RE: KhaoSanRoad Feb 23, 2012 06:48 AM

                        My vote goes to Guru Lukshmi. Excellent. My Indian friends took me there and said it is better than what you get in India!!!

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                          helenhelen RE: KhaoSanRoad Feb 10, 2014 07:42 PM

                          have you been to madras palace recently? i am curious about whether it is good as i was going to go there tomorrow since i will be nearby. i just saw some terrible reviews here so it makes me nervous:

                          1. re: helenhelen
                            jayzen25 RE: helenhelen Feb 11, 2014 03:55 PM

                            Madras Palace on Ellesmere is closed down as far as I know, but they still have a place in Richmond Hill. It was my go to place but quality on the Scarborough one went down hill till they closed. The Richmond Hill one might be good.

                            Anjappar Chettinad in Scarbrough Is the best in recent memory for Dosas I get the Ghee Masala Paper Roast, which is thinner and crispier. and its like 2 feet long


                            Also was good with a lot of differnet Dosas to try

                            @mcnicol and Markham rd scarborough.

                            1. re: jayzen25
                              MiniMom RE: jayzen25 Feb 12, 2014 06:32 AM

                              Review on Yelp for Gurulukshmi states the restaurant is closed? I was excited for good indian in Mississauga.
                              Anyone been lately?

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                                foodyDudey RE: MiniMom Feb 12, 2014 06:47 AM

                                You can call and find out to be sure.


                                7070 Saint Barbara Blvd Unit 45 & 50
                                (Derry and Maclaughan
                                )Mississauga ONT.L5W 0E6
                                phone: 905.795.2299
                                gurulukshmi.com / gurulukshmi.ca
                                Email: info@gurulukshmi.com

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                                  Apprentice RE: foodyDudey Feb 12, 2014 08:27 AM

                                  Guru is my favorite Dosa spot in the GTA

                            2. re: helenhelen
                              foodyDudey RE: helenhelen Feb 11, 2014 04:04 PM

                              You don't have to worry about the reviews since it no longer exists at the Ellesmere location. Some years back, I and 4 co-workers got violently ill after ordering take-out from there, the worst was one person who was off work for 4 days.

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                            jayzen25 RE: vcm Feb 11, 2014 03:52 PM

                            delete post is old

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                              Full tummy RE: jayzen25 Feb 11, 2014 04:36 PM

                              ? vcm may no longer be looking for dosas, but others still are.

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