Friday, April 28, 2006

Restaurant: Chennai Dosa

Chennai Dosa is a relatively new place on London Road, West Croydon, near the end of St James's Road. It always seemed packed, a good sign, and it certainly was when we visited on a Friday night. The restaurant is part of a chain serving South Indian dosas and other specialities and is definitely popular with the south Indian community, again a good sign. Indeed, the menu makes no allowance for those of us unfamiliar with the details of the cuisine, so be prepared to ask.

Eventually we got a table, after quite a period queuing, feeling exposed in the middle of the brightly lit room. Food came fast and was cheap and good, but not spectacular. Mixed thalis looked excellent, with fresh chutneys and a bright orange(!) inflated flat bread like a balloon sitting on top. I'd stick to the vegetarian dosas and 'curries' - the starters were distinctly odd; we ate a lamb spring roll thinking it was a (not very nice) vegetable dish until that came along, it didn't taste or feel like lamb. But vegetarian is definitely a speciality. There's even a six foot family dosa on offer, sounds horrific especially if you don't like the dry crispy bits at the end, like me.

Given the speed and atmosphere of the place, it's the kind of restaurant I'd like to find next to the cinema or restaurant. Sadly neither exists round here and I'm not sure I'd make a special journey to spend a Friday evening there again, but a late night feast? Well maybe.

239-241 London Road, Croydon, CR0 2RL
Tel: 020 8665 9192


Anonymous George Joseph said...

I used to love Chennai Dosa while i was around in the UK. The East Ham branch was the closet for me to catch on the underground every weekend - its value for money for those who want to "eat well" than "eat in style"

10:46 AM  
Blogger Charles Frith said...

Well as a very frequent visitor I think they're awesome.

6:15 PM  
Blogger Nayana said...

chennai dasa cheats people in prices.

I brought some sweets in crydon centre. The man in the counter charged me 2pounds for six pieces, I meet my friend there so i gave her 6 pieces. I went again after 2hrs the women in the counter charged 3pounds for 250gms. I had to goo to my aunts place so the next day, the same lady
who served me the previous day charged me 3pounds for 500gms of the same sweet.

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Been to the one at East Ham. Good but not superb. I grew up in Singapore so I know my South Indian food. Try Dosai N Chutney in Tooting (on Tooting High St across the road from Sainsbury), better food (I recommend the fish and crab curries) and very clean, pleasant restaurant.

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always loved the dosa there.. food is cheap and relatively average standardards.. but service seems to be suffering in peak times and the waiting has been awfully long in busy periods... they definetely need to concentrate the service elsewise gonna loose most customers as happening now..


9:34 PM  

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