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The Best Dosa in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 15, 2014

Dosa TorontoThe best dosa in Toronto are not concentrated in the downtown core. In fact, you'll find the fermented rice and urad dal (black lentil) crepes spread thin across the GTA at South Indian restaurants from Mississauga to Scarborough.

For the uninitiated, the South Indian staple consists of crepes, often painted with ghee or stuffed with savoury fillings like mildly spiced potatoes, onions or paneer. They're accompanied by sides like sambar (a tangy lentil soup with vegetables) and a selection of tangy or cooling condiments, like coconut, tomato or coriander chutney.

Here is where to find the best dosa in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Indian Restaurants in Toronto
The Best Indian Restaurants in Mississauga
The best Indian Buffet in Toronto
The Best Sri Lankan Restaurants in Toronto
The Best Butter Chicken in Toronto

Udupi Palace

Udupi Palace

This South Indian restaurant found in Little India is known for its vast selection of vegetarian specialties, though the dosas are among the most popular. Choose from 16 varieties like the crispy paper dosa stuffed with potato, onion masala, or the chili and paneer. Each order is served with coconut chutney and spicy sambhar, and any dosa is available in a $10 combo with medhu vada, idli and a choice of ulthapam. More »

Madras Masala

Madras Masala

Located on Bloor near Ossington, this South Indian restaurant offers an astounding variety of dosa. Selections include standard rice and urad dal crepes along with rava dosa made with rice and cream of wheat. Ordered plain, painted with ghee or stuffed with a mild chili cheese filling, tangy mysore or stewed meats, these dosas can eat like snacks or hearty meals and come complete with various chutneys. More »

South Indian Dosa Mahal

South Indian Dosa Mahal

Large appetites need not look any further than this South Indian restaurant in Bloorcourt. Here there are several ultra-filling thali available, including a dosa-and-vegetable thali that includes four plain dosas, sambar, chutney and three different curries - vegetable, potato and eggplant. More »

Madras Dosa Hut

Madras Dosa Hut

All-you-can-eat dosa, offered weekdays for $9 at this dosa hut on Albion (a second location services Mississauga), draws hungry crowds. Here you’ll find all the traditional options as well as some more unusual offerings - including a pizza dosa and a show-stopping five-foot dosa. More »

Guru Lukshmi

Guru Lukshmi

This Mississauga restaurant offers all the basics, along with an entire menu of creative dosa dishes. Purists can stick to the onion dosa stuffed with aloo masala, while the more adventurous can opt for garlic butter dosas or a North Indian-meats-South Indian hybrid like the chaat dosa, dusted with chaat powder and garnished with tamarind sauce. More »

Saravanaa Bhavan

Saravanaa Bhavan

This worldwide family of vegetarian restaurants includes two GTA locations (Mississauga and Scarborough). Find dosas on the lunch buffet or order a thali to sample the largest variety, including the incredible flavour punch of their tri-coloured chutneys - tomato, coconut and mint. More »

Nilgiris

Nilgiris

Thin, spongy crepes are a favourite at this South Indian restaurant's locations in Scarborough and Brampton. The ample selection can be overwhelming, but it’s hard to go wrong with stuffing choices like cauliflower masala or gunpowder-spiced potatoes. Their weekday lunch buffets are a great way to sample widely. More »

Dosa Darbar

Dosa Darbar

Found on Albion, this South Indian eatery is a popular spot known for two-foot-wide dosas served hot off the pan. Choose from almost 50 varieties, ranging from traditional to cheddar cheese or egg yolk-topped variations. Each dosa is served with a rainbow of chuneys - coconut, tomato, and coriander - as well as steaming hot lentil soup. More »

Meena's Fine Foods

Meena's Fine Foods

The vegetarian take-out shop and catering operation on Morningside has been in business for over 18 years, specializing in South Indian staples including all manners of snacks and sweets. The dosas are a family recipe made the old-fashioned way, roasted on a tawa with clarified butter until crisp and golden brown. Each order comes with sambar and a daily-made coconut chutney. More »

The Tiffin Box

The Tiffin Box

Found on Bathurst just north of Bloor, this compact mom and pop shop is a new addition to downtown's dosa offerings. The menu is brief and seating is limited, but the dosas are prepared fresh, ladled onto a hot tava and stuffed with flavour-packed fillings to order. Served with cooling chutneys and hot sambar on tiffin trays, their dosas are hearty and delicious, whether eaten in-house or for take-away. More »

Karaikudi

Karaikudi

In Scarborough, find dosas offered as part of set tiffin meals that turn the snack food into an easy, light supper. Select from traditional dosas like onion, blended cheese or mysore masala, each available with optional add-ons like podi spice powder and ghee, or painted with sesame oil. More »

Anjappar Chettinad

Anjappar Chettinad

Three locations in the GTA (Scarborough, Mississauga and Brampton) serve a variety of folded, rolled and towering dosas in flavours like Podi, with ground dhal and chilli powder, and the cheese masala, with potatoes and shredded cheese. On weekends, opt for the house special, a mutton keema crepe stuffed with minced mutton and served with special gravy and chutney. More »

Discussion

13 Comments

Matthew Pinto / September 15, 2014 at 01:56 pm
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I love Indian food... mmmmm
stonerjoe / September 15, 2014 at 02:16 pm
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good list, shame that Mother India stopped serving dosa completely.. there's a hole in Dosa availability in Parkdale now

Vic / September 15, 2014 at 02:17 pm
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South Indian Dosa Mahal is in Bloordale (further west), not Bloorcourt.
Tom / September 15, 2014 at 02:26 pm
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South Indian Dosa Mahal doesn't offer 'full sized" Dosa. There more mini or small Dosas.
Varun / September 15, 2014 at 02:59 pm
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I love Dosa a lot and have been to most of the restaurant listed i can say GuruLukshmi is best ,Tastes better than what you get back home and very consistent every time
Mikhail / September 15, 2014 at 03:40 pm
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Gurulukshmi definitely the best dosas ever. Super consistent, and never comprising on quality or taste.
RealFood / September 15, 2014 at 03:49 pm
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Haven't tried all these places, but I'll put in my $.02

Guruluxmi is the best in the GTA, it's not a contest. Udipi is the best within Toronto's borders.

South Indian Dosa Mahal and Madras Dosa Hut are both terrible. I went to both based on other people's idea of what good dosa was supposed to be and that was a BIG fail.

Anjappar Chattinad is popular with a few people, I don't like it.

Saravanaa Bhavan is very popular, I don't like it and won't eat there either.
Suj Lux / September 15, 2014 at 04:14 pm
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Get your dosa hunt on! http://dosahunt.com/
Aylwin / September 15, 2014 at 04:15 pm
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Why do #2 and #12 have the same picture?
stonerjoe replying to a comment from Aylwin / September 15, 2014 at 04:22 pm
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good catch! that picture is right for number 2
BillyO / September 15, 2014 at 05:11 pm
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Been to most of these places, Guru and Madras are 1, 2, respectively. Guru is way too busy most hours of the day (especially weekends) which makes it really annoying sometimes, but it really is the best dosa in the GTA.
Kar / September 16, 2014 at 12:05 pm
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This list needs to be reordered. Guru needs to be at 1 followed by whoever else you want to put on the list as its irrelevant.
Vani / September 16, 2014 at 02:19 pm
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Udupi Madras Cafe at Hurontario St and Burhanthrope is not in the list. That restaurant definitely should be on this list. Their weekend buffet is awesome and they also offer variety of dosas. And Sarvana Bhavan is not as it was before. They have lost their quality.

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