Dosa Hut

dosa hut

Dosa Hut is the best restaurant in Melbourne; at least it is if you have $6.50 in your pocket and a hankering for Indian street food, which neatly outlines the problem with picking “best” restaurants. It’s contextual. I hate recommending restaurants to people that I don’t know because I’ll get their context wrong with invariable certainty. Dosa Hut has the utilitarian feel of a joint built by someone whose chief skill is making dosa rather than interior design. Cheap lattice and leftover Christmas decorations spruce up the hasty mango paint job.


Above is the lamb dosa ($6.50), a pancake with a gradient from crispy on the outside edges to chewy at its core, filled with cooked ground lamb and masala. There are not less than 20 different dosa on the menu and I haven’t been in Dosa Hut once when they have had a stock of paneer, India’s favourite cheese, to make any of the three or four paneer dosa. The tray’s contents are spicy/sour tomato chutney, the ubiquitous sambar and coconut chutney. I’m still not sure how it is possible to make coconut chutney that keeps its whiteness whilst retaining chili heat.

Location: Dosa Hut, 604, Barkly Street, Footscray. Open 12:00pm to 10:00pm every day.
Phone: (03) 9687 0171

12 Comments Dosa Hut

  1. stickyfingers

    Mmm – love the stuff. Bismi’s Goldan Fork in Elizabeth Street do a good Masala Dosai thali and for $6.50 includes a drink, a vadai and a piece of fruit.

    Just witnessed The Anaconda, a metre long Dosa in Moorabin & about 30 variations of Dosa on the menu Madras Banyan Tree

  2. Phil Lees

    I’ve never been a big fan of Bismi, but then again, I’ve never had their dosa.

    As for size, Dosa Hut also do a “70mm dosa” which is 70cm in diameter. It pales in comparison to the roti tisu.

  3. Andrew

    I haven’t been this far up Barkley Village (Little India??) for a while, and wasn’t aware of this place opening.

    Great indian is popping up all over Footscray and I will try Dosa Hut for lunch this week if I get a chance. Thanks for the heads up.

  4. vishal

    its the best indian pan cake…..i mean dosa i ever had…….i am a big fan of dosa….ate at many places but never had such a tastey dosa ,with mouth watering sambar ,peanut chutney ,and toamto chutney…..its the best…dont miss it

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  6. Jelita

    Question for sticky fingers…
    Wherein moorabin can I get the metre long dosa???
    What,s the name of the restaurant ?? PleSe

    Please it’s for my brother…
    Thank you..


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