Our Saturday lunch plan involved a trip to Storm in a Teacup to finally sample their brunch menu. Sadly for them we wandered past an Indian takeaway place wafting garlicky aromas on the way to the tram stop and promptly changed course for Overdosa, the newish pop-up dosa place in Fitzroy. Story SiaT! We'll get there, promise.
Overdosa is an all-vegan, all-gluten-free pop-up that has taken over a corner of a vintage bikestore in the back streets of Fitzroy. I know that sounds like a setup to some sort of Melbourne hipster joke, but it's just the truth I'm afraid. It's all very informal - a little stall in the corner with a dosa pan, a deep-fryer and an esky full of drinks. They do takeaway or eat-in, with the eat-in options limited to some very stylish but quite low seat/table combos.
The menu is simple: pick one of three dosas (potato masala, tamarind pumpkin or smoky eggplant and peas, $9 each) and decide whether or not you want a $5 serve of lentil-based poppers (hint: you do, trust me).
The poppers come straight from the deep-frier to you and are incredibly delicious - we paired them with a mint chutney and gobbled them down in seconds.
The dosas are excellent as well - crispy-fried and pretty well stuffed with fillings. You get your choice of chutney on the side (coconut, chilli, coriander and mint or curd and dill). Be warned: the chilli is quite hot, so it helps if your co-eater has ordered the coconut and you can steal some to make use of its cooling properties.
Overdosa is an excellent addition to Fitzroy's eating options - they're not going to be around for long (probably December), so make sure you swing by one weekend and try them out.
We got the heads-up about Overdosa from Brian at Fitzroyalty. They've also been very positively reviewed by The Northsider.
50 Rose Street, Fitzroy (Sat and Sun only, 11am-sundown)
dosas $9, poppers $5
Accessibility: Overdosa is tucked inside a vintage bike shop, so there's a flat entryway. The interior was very spacious, with lots of low and slightly awkward chairs. You order and pay at a low counter. We didn't visit the toilets.