Restaurants Fillmore District
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Offerings like a white truffle masala dosa or a shikampuri kebab slider may not be traditional, but that’s not stopping the hordes who line up to eat here every weekend. Husband-wife team Anjan and Emily Mitra unveiled the original location in the Mission (995 Valencia Street) in 2005; they opened the larger, fancier (not to mention pricier) Fillmore space three years later. Both restaurants are architecturally striking, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, ornate wall coverings inspired by Indian patterns, leather banquettes and glinting chandeliers. Chef Dinesh Kumar is best known for his seasonal, four-course tasting menu ($55), but the menu also features a dozen dosas, half as many uttapam and a range of a la carte specials that might include a Bengali fish curry or a Hyderabadi chicken biryani. Entrees are skillfully paired with the spice-driven cocktail menu: Here, a gimlet is made with curried nectar and lime and a gin and tonic boasts house-made fig and cardamom tonic.

By: Lauren Sheber


Venue name: Dosa
Address: 1700 Fillmore St
San Francisco

Opening hours: Mon 5:30pm-10pm; Tue 5:30pm-11pm; Wed-Thu 11:30am-2:30pm and 5:30pm-11pm; Fri 11:30am-2:30pm and 5:30pm-12am; Sat 11:30am-3pm and 5:30pm-12am; Sun 11:30am-3pm and 5:30pm-10pm
Transport: Bus 14, 49
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