The above logo in Tamil says "`Otel Saravana Bhavan (Uyarthara saiva uNavagam)", meaning, "Hotel Saravana Bhavan (High class vegetarian restaurant)". In India, sometimes, "hotel" is used interchangeably with "restaurant".
When the yen for dosa strikes us, we usually prefer to go to Dosai Place in Santa Clara. It is mainly because of the never-ending crowds that swarm to Saravana Bhavan no matter when you go. It is also slightly more expensive than Dosai Place. However yesterday we headed over to SB to get our dosa fix.
We ordered the "Veggie pakodas" for starters. They arrived fairly quickly and even though they were a bit soggy, they tasted pretty good with the hot sauce.
For the main meal, V ordered the "Dry Fruit Rava Masala Dosa" and I ordered the "Tomato Onion Uthappam". V's "Dry Fruit Rava Masala Dosa" arrived sans masala but the waiter quickly brought us a dish of masala. It was very nutty with a lot of cashews and raisins. My "Tomato Chili Uthappam" was just okay - not as flavorful as I thought it would be.
We finished off with a cup of hot Madras coffee which is a special kind of latte with frothy foam on top served in a stainless steel cup & saucer. Hmm... that just hit the spot!!The bill came to around $30 with tax and tip. I would go back again despite the crowds just for the coffee!