Our food expert, Chetana Parameswar reviews the restaurant ‘Masal Dosa’. Check out what our gourmand has to say!

I recently met up with Uma Ganesh, who is the chef and visionary behind the restaurant ‘Masal Dosa’. When the opportunity presented itself, Uma turned her passion for cooking into an entrepreneurial venture in collaboration with her Sri Lankan friend Birathiba.

Food and drink

‘Masal Dosa’ dishes out simple meals in a homely atmosphere. The restaurant presents a good selection of Tamilian tiffin items, authentic Chettinad cuisine and Sri Lankan food. Some of their vegetarian South Indian dishes that I tasted included:

  • Medhu Vadai
  • Idli
  • Cauliflower 65
  • Masala Dosa
  • Podi Dosa
  • Onion Uttapam
  • From the special drinks section, I sipped on:
  • Buttermilk
  • Chennai filter coffee

The restaurant offers choices for vegans and for people with lactose, and gluten allergies. It will be useful to mark these options out on the menu in future.

What I would try again

The Idli was spongy, soft and delightful. The Medhu Vadai looked appetizing and didn’t disappoint as it was crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The dosa was scrumptious and the Uttapam inviting. The buttermilk was a delicious addition to the meal.

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If the tiffin items were an indicator of what the restaurant offers, I would look forward to trying out their Chettinad and Sri Lankan delicacies, too.

The food was freshly prepared, inviting, presented in clean steel serve ware, and authentic – served with a smile. Feel free to tell the staff in advance if you’d like your food spicy.

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Service and amenities

The restaurant is easy to locate given its proximity to the tram route. The restaurant has clean facilities, neat seating and modest décor. It is compact and a table reservation is recommended. However, it may not be ideal for couples with very young children as there were no high chairs visibly stacked and a place to accommodate strollers and buggies. People in wheelchairs, too, may find it difficult to navigate given the snug seating arrangement. The service is good and the staff attentive. The time taken to deliver food seemed reasonable.

Opening timings: Wednesday to Monday, 5.30 – 10 pm. Tuesdays closed.
Location: Winterthurerstrasse 625, 8051 Zurich.

If you’re missing your fix of crisp dosas, spongy soft idlis, Chettinad and Sri Lankan cuisine, I would definitely recommend a visit to ‘Masal Dosa’.

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