At any time of the day in most local mamak eateries it’s not surprising to find a customer enjoying a tosai (also spelt thosai or dosa), a thin crepe-like pancake made from rice batter and black lentils. This simple yet versatile dish is made either crisp or soft and served with dips like mint chutney, vegetable dhal, curry and sometimes with toppings like condensed milk or fillings like fruit slices.

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For this food adventure we sent a GoMakaner to sample as many tosai as possible within Kuala Lumpur and Selangor in a week (lucky for us she likes tosai)! Check out her tosai log:

1. Bestari (Solaris Mont Kiara)

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14 Jalan 23/70a Desa Sri Hartamas Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur‎ 24 hours Bestari @ Plaza Mont Kiara

Bestari’s tosai is soft and sticks to the stainless steel plate, accompanying condiments are unfortunately a little too diluted and mild in taste for our liking. Not one of our favourites.

2. Indian Kitchen (Bangsar)

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15 Jalan Telawi 3 Bangsar Baru 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur‎‎ Open daily Indian Kitchen, Bangsar

Indian Kitchen’s tosai was pleasing to the eye as well as our palate. Crispy tosai, aromatic chutney and dhal (tastes good too!), and not forgetting a nice clean environment compared to regular roadside mamaks. Costs a wee bit more than a regular mamak though.

3. Leaf (Solaris Mont Kiara)

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5, Jalan Solaris 1, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur‎‎ Leaf, Solaris Mont Kiara

The tosai in Leaf Dining was a little soft when it was served to us but the taste is pretty decent. The dash of red curry powder adds a pleasant kick but otherwise the curries and sauces are pretty average.

4. Pelita (Hartamas)

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No. 24, Ground Floor, Jalan 25/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.‎‎ 24 Hours Pelita @ Sri Hartamas

Pelita is a popular nasi kandar chain restaurant, I’m sure many KL and Selangor tenants have one within their neighbourhood. The tosai itself is nice and crispy but sadly the curry and dhal provided is mediocre and forgettable.

5. Restoran Purnama Cahaya (Phileo Damansara I)

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Unit 108, Block E, Pusat Dagang Phileo Damansara 1, Jalan 16/11, Petaling Jaya.‎‎ Daily: 7am-10pm Restoran Purnama Cahaya

We gave our resident mamak Purnama a try (it’s just below the office). Sadly this tosai was rather disappointing; you can probably guess by its dull colour which is a sign if it being slightly undercooked and the condiments are lacking in the aroma and taste one would expect from Indian curries and dhal.

6. Saravanaa Bhavan (Jalan Maarof, Bangsar)

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52 Jalan Maarof, 59100 Bangsar, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur‎‎ Daily: 8.30 am to 11.30 pm Saravanaa Bhavan

Saravanaa’s tosai was pleasantly crisp and the condiments are pretty good, especially the mint (green) chutney. We liked this one a lot!

7. Sri Paandi (Section 11, Petaling Jaya)

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37 Jalan Dato Mahmud 11/4 Seksyen 11 Petaling Jaya, Selangor‎‎‎ Daily: 8am to 11.00pm Sri Paandi @ SS 11, Petaling Jaya

The tosai served here is soft and moist. The condiments are served by the staff that arrives at your table holding tiffin trays containing the sauce and chutneys. The taste however is not memorable.

By the way, we didn’t manage to pay this place a visit but I hear they serve a delectable Nutella tosai, drop by and give it a try:

 # Nutella Tosai: Fierce Curry House

Fierce Curry House

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16 Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar Utama 59000 Kuala Lumpur.‎ Daily: 7am – 7pm Fierce Curry House