After having experienced some great South Indian food at Desi Dosa Madras when I was visiting Vancouver back in November, I was craving it when I returned to Calgary and was hoping to find a place here that serves good South Indian food. I found out that there are less than a handful of places that serve South Indian cuisine here in Calgary. One of them is Southern Spice, which is located in the far Northeast neighbourhood of Westwinds. During one lunch hour last month, I decided to trek across town with one of my coworkers to check it out.
I found out Southern Spice has daily specials. From Monday to Friday, they have a lunch buffet for $8.99. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, the Madras Masala Dosa is on special for $6. It happened to be a Thursday when I went for lunch. Since I’m not fan of buffets or food served from steam tables, I opted to try the Madras Masala Dosa ($6 on Wednesdays and Thursdays; otherwise regularly, $7.50), which was made fresh to order. This was actually my first time tasting a regular dosa. On previous occasions when I had tried South Indian cuisine in the Vancouver area (at Desi Dosa Madras and Madras Dosa House), I had the rava dosa, which is made with rava (semolina) flour and is stylistically different from the regular dosa. The regular dosa is made with a rice batter with black lentils and is similar in appearance to a French crepe whereas the rava dosa has more of a lattice/lacy appearance. This dosa at Southern Spice was well-made and fresh. The presentation was certainly impressive as the dosa was easily a foot wide and was hanging over the edges of the tray. The dosa itself was light and crispy and came with a flavourful filling of masala style potatoes. The Madras Masala Dosa was served with a side of sambar and two chutneys – a creamy coconut chutney and a tomato chutney. The sambar, which is a stew/soup containing lentils, pigeon peas (toor daal), and various vegetables such as onion, okra and carrots, was flavourful and well-seasoned.
Based on the dosa I tried on this visit, I was pretty impressed with Southern Spice and I look forward to going back to have the dosa again. On my next visit, I’m interested in trying out some of the other items as well. I noticed that Southern Spice also offer rava dosa as well as idli (steamed, soft rice and lentil flour cakes) and methu vada (Lightly spiced rice and flour donuts) on the menu so I’d be curious to check them out and see how their version compares to the ones that I had sampled in Vancouver previously.
102, 4655 54 Ave NE