Dosa Park is a family-run business, as seen here outside the Oxford branch

Dosa Park is opening a brand new premises as part of Botley’s new West Way redevelopment scheme in March.

“We want to be open by Easter,” Dosa Park’s Manikandan Velusamy tells me, as he prepares to open their second branch, alongside their beloved first restaurant opposite Oxford’s train station.

Our weekend thali at Dosa Park

“We are starting work in two weeks time and aiming for a friendly, community focussed venue with a simple, welcoming decor that serves both South Indian and North Indian food to make sure we appeal to everybody,” Mani adds.

“So we will be offering the South Indian food we are so well known for (we love their food, read our review here, as well as bringing a new North Indian chef on board in Botley to ensure that we can cater for everyone. Because while our thalis, dosas and South Indian food is very popular, we want to appeal to everyone.”

Work will start on the new 75-seater restaurant in two weeks time ready for a March opening

Able to seat 75 people inside and 30 outside, the new Dosa Park has already warranted some really enthusiastic feedback from the local community, and situated just down from fellow new restaurant Pappo.

“All the locals have been very encouraging and supportive. We can’t wait to join the community in Botley because so many people have already been asking about when we will open, so it’s really exciting,” Mani explains.

Mani (far left) Inside Dosa Park in Oxford

But why expand when the current premises is so popular? “It’s by public demand really,” Mani tells me. “So a lot of it is about location. We want families to be able to come and enjoy Dosa Park, for people to be able to park, and for our regulars and loyal customers to enjoy more flexibility. Plus we hope to attract lots of new customers who will find us more accessible,” Mani tells me.

The current cheerful interior in Oxford’s Dosa Park

The current Dosa Park has been open in Oxford for 12 years now. It first opened as a chicken shop but Mani and his family soon saw a gap in the market for traditional South Indian food and the results were an instant success.

And for those who haven’t been, what’s the Dosa Park secret? “The taste – you can’t find our food anywhere else. It’s unique,” Mani says proudly.