Tucked in a tiny strip center near the corner of Fountain View and Richmond Avenue, lies a pleasant surprise for the unsuspecting diner. The third dgn Factory, formerly called Dosa Factory, is a place filled with crisp, hot savory crepes, exciting smells and unhurried service – this is fast food done right!
We were immediately invited to enjoy a free cup of lentil soup and spoon out our sambar (a deliciously complicated South Indian sauce sometimes made with dal, coriander, curry, turmeric, tamerind, red chili) and an equally complex chutney as we waited for our order. As we waited, we chatted with Ike, a congenial friend of one of the three owners’ (Niraj Shah, CEO, George Eapen, COO and an unnamed investor). He told us this was the third of three (3!) restaurants – Downtown Tunnel, Missouri City and Richmond Avenue – in three years. That is phenomenal growth for any business! It probably stems from their generous charity work with Magnificat House in 2015 and Lone Star Veterans “Service to Serenity” program and the UH Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship, no doubt to name only a few. They also do catering! You will have to look quick to keep up with this successful set.
Manchurian Idli’s came out at once – little rice dough pillows with garlicky, red chili sauce covering batter-fried cauliflower, that went down in a hurry.
Those were followed by Palek Paneer Dosas – fresh light lentil crepes filled with spinach and cottage cheese. And you have to see the Super Paper Dosa to believe it!
Then, we tried the Manchurian Dosas – crepes filled with batter-fried cauliflower. and topped with flavorful Manchurian red sauce (red chili pepper, soy sauce, coriander – perhaps?).
We followed the meal with a treat of dough balls, called Gulab Jamun, in a sweet cardamom/saffron syrup – sometimes made with rose-scented syrup – topped with slivered almonds.
A Mango Lassi – a yogurt drink enhanced with mango pulp and sugar syrup – an end-of meal treat!
Carrot Halwa – boiled carrots with white raisins, cashews, served with ice cream was a pleasure compared to the Americanized carrot cake. Lots of true carrot flavor and moist texture.
We rolled along into the sunshine, happy that we hadn’t made the mistake of heading to any of the other many neighboring fast food spots.
5959 Richmond Avenue, Ste.160
Houston, Texas 77057
6324 Texas Highway 6
Missouri City, Texas 77459
1001 Fannin St. #M110
Houston, Texas 77002