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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

December's Where to Drink Now: Dosa

Just as December’s chilly fog settles in to the San Francisco Bay Area, Dosa, a popular Indian restaurant in the Mission neighborhood, opens a second, Pacific Heights location with a menu full of spicy, warming flavors. Dishes like channa bhatura (chickpea masala) and lamb meatballs are reminiscent of owner Anjan Mitra’s Indian childhood, while the drinks menu is the perfect complement to the exotic cuisine. Consulting mixologist Jonny Raglin (who also counts Absinthe Brasserie & Bar and Nopa among his credentials) crafted a unique cocktail program that enhances the flavor of the food, tending toward pungent spices (black cardamom, saffron and cumin), exotic fruits and nuts (mango, jackfruit and coconut), and house-made syrups and bitters (coriander nectar, chicory bitters and mango gastrique). Cocktails range from the Batsman, with Martin Miller’s gin, Darjeeling tea cordial, lemon juice and ginger beer, to the Smoked Cup, combining mezcal, Pimm’s, black cardamon tincture, ginger beer, cucumber and smoked sea salt. 1700 Fillmore St., San Francisco; 415.441.3672; dosasf.com