The Hive Gets a New Dosa Restaurant
Founded by the team behind San Francisco's DOSA restaurants, dosa by DOSA serves three meals a day, every day.
Anneli Star Josselin Rufus
Serving what the Mitras call "approachable, yet refined" food and drinks for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week starting this Friday, Dec. 15, dosa by DOSA — that's its name — is outfitted with a dosa grill and two tandoor ovens.
At the bar — where drinks such as hot masala chai, lassi, local Mr. Espresso coffee, and freshly squeezed sugar-cane juice will be served all day and spice-driven cocktails will be served at night — guests can order dosas (such as the signature Tamil Lamb Dosa); rotis (such as the Prawn Masala Street Wrap); protein-rich salads (such as the Tandoori Lamb Kebab Salad and the Coconut Kale Mung Salad); and customizable rice bowls such as classic chicken tikka masala and butternut-squash dal, garnished with roasted cashews, red onion, jalapeños, and cilantro, and served with a choice of coconut, lemon, brown, or white rice pulao.
A special breakfast menu, available until 11 a.m., features an egg-and-cheese dosa; tandoor-baked naan stuffed with scrambled eggs, potato masala, saag paneer, or turkey sausage; and other fare such as South Indian Pongal: a creamy Indian answer to oatmeal comprising slow-cooked basmati rice and lentils, topped with toasted cashews, raisins, and jaggery.
Anjan Mitra grew up in Mumbai and spent nineteen years working in the tech industry before realizing that his true passion lay in hospitality and food. Emily Mitra grew up in New York; her experience working in the health-food industry deeply informs dosa by DOSA's menu.
Bar manager Nora Furst has worked at Lolinda, Belga, and Delarosa, and was nominated as 2016's Bartender of the Year by 7x7 Magazine.
The Mitras worked with San Francisco-based Feldman Architecture and Sausalito-based a2m design to give this 3,600-square-foot space the vibrant, flowing ambience of an Indian open-air market. Abundant natural light afforded by its high ceilings and century-old brick and timber is augmented by a larger-than-life mural of Delhi's Moonlight Square Market, Chandni Chowk.
Diners can watch their dosas and tandoori kebabs being made-to-order in the open kitchen. Outdoor seating faces onto Broadway.
Oakland-based artists Namita Kapoor and Gundi Vigfusson were commissioned to create a colorful mural for dosa by DOSA's bathroom, inspired by Indian truck art. Bhangra, Bollywood, hip-hop, house, local music, and more will play from the restaurant’s sound system. Ongoing live events will feature local musicians, speakers, comedians, and DJs.