News that Botley’s Dosa Park is starting its All-You-Can-eat Dosa Park Sunday buffet this Sunday (August 13) meant that we needed to get in some practice.
Heading down to the gleaming new restaurant in Botley, which opened in March we cracked on with its new and improved menu, which is impossible to resist.
And we made a valiant effort, pushing ourselves to the absolute limit, entirely motivated by greed.
But then Dosa Park is irresistible at the best of times and having not been for a while, it was an itch that begged to be scratched.
Born in its street food style cafe Ruchi’s Dosa Park opposite Oxford Station, the new Botley premises contributes perfectly to Botley’s regeneration, READ ABOUT IT HERE with a more refined but equally tasty offering, and lots of parking.
‘Dosas are always the main event for me and haunt my dreams with that wonderful stretch of crisp pancake served so resplendently with four dips’
We love it there. Seated in the fun booths in the wooden interior, first up a wonderful Masala Chai tea (Dosa Park is alcohol free), spicy, hot and quickly served by the smiling staff.
Milkshakes for the teens, poppadoms served perched upright with three novel and zingy sauces, and an appetiser of ‘street food trio chat’ (£5.95) – beautiful to behold; including a samosa chat, pani puri (a crispy cup filled with tamarind and chaat masala) and a bhel puri – made of puffed rice, vegetables and a tangy tamarind sauce – a great indicator of what was to come and the attention to detail that goes into each element.
The chicken lollipop (£7.95) was also fun, the wings served with a garlic and tomato sauce, as was the chicken chukka (boneless chicken in a black pepper, coriander and chilli sauce) – a major highlight.
My guests, suitably impressed almost licked their plates clean and awaited eagerly for the mains – a selection of lamb and veg dosas and thalis all round.
‘The dosas are so good they make me quite emotional, I cannot recommend them enough’
Dosas are always the main event for me and haunt my dreams with that wonderful stretch of crisp pancake served so resplendently with its four sauces running down the side.
Pick and rip, dunk and eat – the potato masala (£10.95) and lamb masala (£9.95) soaking up the different dips from sambar and chutney to minty yoghurt and tamarind.
They are so good they make me quite emotional, I cannot recommend them enough.
And then the thalis – which vary every time you go, but always include a masala vada (like a flat fried lentil cake), dhal curry, rice, chapati, pickles, popadoms and something sweet to finish off with – this time a sweet spongy donut soaked in honey.
But first tuck into the endless South Indian dishes of varying textures, tastes, strength and heat. The veg or vegan version costs (£14.99) and the lamb (£17.99), the latter coming with a bowl of lamb curry. Always sublime and only available onsite, they are another big draw.
A flaming brownie then arrived sizzling and smoking, creating great excitement at the table, and the mango sorbet disappeared in a trice.
So yes dangerous, and with the new Dosa Park ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BUFFET running every Sunday from 12noon-3pm and then 5pm-8pm at a cost of £19.99 per adult and £9,99 per child, it means you can literally gorge yourself on Dosa Park’s amazing food every week!
As it was we’d done our best to do just that and can highly recommend it. Botley’s Dosa Park is without doubt one of Oxford’s best and most unique restaurants.
Botley’s All-You-Can-eat Dosa Park Sunday buffet starts this Sunday (August 13) and runs every Sunday from 12noon-3pm and then 5pm-8pm. Cost £19.99 per adult and £9,99 per child.
Rushi Dosa Park is at 25 Park End St, Oxford
Botley Dosa Park is on the West Way Square
Go to https://dosapark.com/ for more details