Dosa Garden Staten Island Restaurant
Dosa Garden323 Victory Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10301
Dosa Garden Victory Blvd: So, So Pittu, Fine DosaBeing South Indians, Dosas (rice crepes) are close to our heart.
We were in New York City the other day when the Dosa urge hit us hard.
So we dropped by at Dosa Garden, a Sri Lankan restaurant on Victory Blvd in Staten Island, to try their Dosa.
Boy, did we hit the jackpot with Dosa Garden's Mysore Masala Dosa.
Dosa Garden AmbienceWhen we walked into Dosa Garden around 12:15 pm, the restaurant was empty except for a lone waitress near the cash counter.
The dining room was a little dingy with poor lighting.
Coinciding with the dingy, dark atmosphere, the waitress wore a mournful expression and could not even manage a smile or a greeting.
Confused by the empty dining hall and waitress's indifference, we politely asked her if the restaurant was open for business.
Upon hearing her affirmative response, we plonked ourselves at one of the tables and quickly placed our order for a Mysore Masala Dosa and Idiyappam (a Sri Lankan speciality).
Ten minutes later, the waitress returned. Alas, not with our food but with news about non-availability of Idiyappam.
So we changed our order and chose Pittu - another Sri Lankan food item.
Pittu - $5.50
Mysore Masala Dosa - $5.50
Our Mysore Masala Dosa came first followed by the Pittu. Here's our take on Dosa Garden's Pittu and Mysore Masala Dosa:
So So PittuPittu included three pieces and came with Sambal, Coconut Sauce, Tomato and Coconut Chutneys.
Pittu was hot temperature wise and that's all we can say in its favor.
It did not endear itself to our taste buds much.
The accompanying Sambal was cold and slightly stale.
Coconut Sauce with Onion and Tomato pieces was cold and so were the Tomato and Coconut Chutneys.
Mercifully, the Tomato and Coconut Chutneys were flavorful.
Overall we did not enjoy Pittu. It was so tasteless that with great difficulty we could push only a small piece down our throats.
Fine DosaOur Mysore Masala Dosa included one large dosa and came with hot Drumstick and Carrot Sambar and the cold Coconut and Tomato Chutneys.
Dosa was spicy, crisp with tasty Potato curry filling and thoroughly relished.
Drumstick and Carrot Sambar was hot and our only complaint was that the serving size was small.
We'd easily award an A grade to Dosa Garden's Mysore Masala Dosa.
Clueless ServiceSure, the waitress filled our water glasses but was utterly indifferent although the restaurant was empty for the most part of our meal.
Also, the waitress was clueless about the availability of menu items and took ten minutes to alert us about non-availability of Idiyappam.
Compounding our irritation she took forever to get us the check as well as to pickup our payment forcing us to walkup to the counter to pay it.