I had the pleasure of talking to Anjan, the owner of Dosa, a few weeks ago. Dosa is wildly popular with the gluten free crowd, and even was the host to a gluten free Great Kitchen’s event. There are two locations for Dosa, one on Vallencia and the other at Filmore. Anjan opened these restaurants as a side project and he never expected them to become a main destination for diners.
Anjan and his wife had no idea what they were getting into when they first decided to open a restaurant. He worked in tech while is wife worked in restaurants. Anjan wanted the menu to be true to his roots in Southern India. He felt this type of cuisine was missing in San Francisco. Recipe development is collaborative and his wife has an important role in coming up with seasonal vegan recipes for the menu. He also encourages all of his chefs to create new dishes to keep the menu fresh and exciting.
Many of Dosa’s customers ask about gluten free and dairy free options. Anjan created a reference document for his servers so they could advise customers what is safe to eat. Customers got very excited and gluten free options were incorporated into the menu making process. Food in India are mostly gluten free so conversions were very easy to make. There was one spice, afafoetida, that contained gluten. Anjan searched and was able to find a version of this spice made with rice flour instead.
One of the exciting things about Dosa’s food is how flavor packed each dish is. Anjan shared a story about a couple from the Midwest who ate at his restaurant. The customer started crying at the table. When staff asked if she was okay, she told them she was crying happy tears because the food was so good. She said restaurants had very little interest in making gluten free foods taste good in her city.
Gluten Free at Dosa:
- Staff is trained on ingredients so they can advise customers what is gluten free.
- Different pans and utensils for gluten free orders
- Grill is cleaned thoroughly.
- Gluten free or dairy free is marked clearly on the order ticket.
- Servers are trained both in the front of the house and back of the house on how to prevent cross contamination.
995 Valencia (@ 21 St)
San Francisco, CA
1700 Fillmore (@ Post)
San Francisco, CA