The other day, my mom and I went to Atria to do a little pre-engagement party shopping. Atria describes itself as “The Millennium Mall.” It has a bunch of international stores, like Guess, Mango, Nine West, Aldo, Levi’s, and even an Apple retailer.
I was hungry so we made our way up to the food court. My options were plenty: dosas prepared any style; nachos with Mexican beans, sweet or savory crepes, kati rolls, bhel puri, pani puri, Chinese food, cheesy garlic bread, and two full, sit-down restaurants, one Chinese and one Japanese. After a little deliberation I decided to go with Dosa Plaza.
I ordered a spring dosa because that’s something I can’t find in the States. It was a while before I realized that we paid Rs. 134 (tax included) for a dosa; a ridiculous price given that many of the other ones listed on the menu were going for Rs. 29. I figured out why soon enough- I had unknowingly ordered the Spring Roll Dosa Value Meal. That was a ton of food: a dosa, 3 deep-fried vadas, sambar, chutney, and, surprise, a Coke. I was actually really shocked to see these various “value meals” with Cokes on the billboard.
At this point, since I was the only one eating an apparently gigantic meal, we told the Dosa Plaza employee that we had only ordered the spring roll dosa, not the value meal combo package deal. He was like, “yeah, but you got the value meal, and the regular spring roll dosa is really small.” We didn’t think we’d gotten our point across and doubted he would change our selection, so I decided to eat what I could and bag the rest for someone hungry.
The food was okay, not great. Dosa Plaza’s spring roll dosa’s filling included cabbage, scallions, and red onions, and the dosa itself was slightly thick and soggy. I’ve had better.
The vadas were inedible; the chutney was delicious. The soda I brought back with me because I didn’t want it then; it’s still sitting on my dresser in my room. I definitely couldn’t eat the whole meal- I was stuffed after four of the dosa wedges and half of the chutney and sambar.