Most Indian food doesn't contain beef, due to the reverence the culture feels toward the 1992 Chicago Bulls. Go for a three-peat with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Indian fare and drinks at Dosa Express in Tustin.
Lacing its authentic home-style cooking with natural spices and ingredients, Dosa Express specializes in South Indian cuisine, particularly its delectable dosas—thin pancakes filled with potatoes and vegetables that can be dipped in a variety of sauces. After priming your palate with an opener of mouthwatering medhu vada, golden-fried lentil flour doughnuts ($5.50), dive into the eatery’s 20 kinds of dosas, served crispy or soft upon request. The rava masala dosa stuffs a piquant potato masala curry inside a mildly-spiced, cashew-tinged blanket ($8.95), and the onion and chili uthappam cranks up your body’s internal temperature with a mélange of onion, chili, ginger, and cilantro inside a lentil and rice wrapping ($8.50). Dosa Express' popular lunch ($7.95–$8.95) and dinner ($8.95) buffets, meanwhile, give the indecisive a chance to sample a little bit of everything—or competitive eaters a chance to determine once and for all who has the bigger gaping hole in their abdomen. Whether diners order à la carte or all you can eat, each scrumptious, sinus-clearing delight at Dosa Express can be complemented with a refreshing Indian beer ($4–$6.95) or a chilled, fresh mango lassi ($2.95)—a smooth, sweet yogurt drink.
OC Weekly included Dosa Express (formerly known as Dosa Place) in its cheap meals in Orange County feature. The Orange County Register gave Dosa Express a favorable review for its lunch menu. More than 60 Yelpers give the restaurant an average of 3.5 stars, and six TripAdvisors give it an average of 3.5 owl eyes.
- The fragrant bouquet of spices – ginger, cardamom, garlic, chili – was like a taste bud vacation to the subcontinent, and again, the heat made me wipe my brow, roll up my sleeves and contemplate asking the waiter to bring over an oscillating fan and mist my face with a little cold water. – Jeff Overley, Orange County Register