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Chaat Bhavan in Fremont

escargot3 | May 15, 2011 11:10 AM

Yesterday, we stopped at Chaat Bhavan on the way up from Santa Cruz. The few dishes we had were really wonderful.

First, the chai was the best I've had in ages: strong tea, with spices that complement, but not overpower the good flavor of the tea itself.

Then, spinach paratha -- delightful. The fun of a green paratha was appreciated in and of itself. But the flavor of the spinach with the whole wheat paratha was really enjoyable.

The highlight was the okra: sliced, dry roasted with browned bits of onion was easily among the best I've ever had.

Roti were thin and delicate. You can go home with a package of 10 housemade roti for $3.90 or so.

Sag with garbanza beans -- a different medley of spices, primarily a light presence of cloves.

It's a vegetarian resto that introduces many new combinations of ingredients and spices to the usual repertoire.

But it's not a place to go if you're in a hurry.

ps- At 7pm it was mostly filled, and mostly with South Asian families. Clearly, the food is being appreciated.

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Chaat Bhavan
5355 Mowry Ave, Fremont, CA 94538

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