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Chaat Cafe in San Jose vs. Tandoor Restaurant

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Chaat Cafe in San Jose vs. Tandoor Restaurant

Alice Patis | Oct 20, 2005 05:54 PM

I posted my report of Chaat Cafe on the General Board, since this is a Chain. I want to add here a comparison btw Chaat Cafe and another Indain place in the area, Tandoor Restaurant (on Blossom Hill & Snell).

If ordering from the menu, Tandoor seems better for only a few dollars more than Chaat Cafe. I've had various saags and the bright orange CTM at Tandoor, and they seem to have a little something extra that put them above Chaat Cafe's in complexity.

Chaat Cafe advertises that they roast their spices daily and everything is prepared from scratch, on the spot as it's ordered. Now the aloo gobi and lentil dal I ate from Chaat Cafe do have a "made from scratch" taste, but because it was ready so fast I doubt they started sauteing the potatoes & cauliflower when I ordered it. I wonder if Tandoor's dishes taste brighter and more complex because it was truly cooked to order, or because they simply have more ingredients or complex preparations?

A note about the buffet at Tandoor: it has good variety (including a few Southern Indian dishes), good cilantro chutney, but all the hot dishes are always barely lukewarm, even 15 minutes after opening. I HATE that. Oh, and the bright pink tandoori chicken is always dull and dry. Atleast the naan is divine here, brought to the table very hot & fresh, chewy and not too thick, with crispy burnt spots.

By the way, next door to Chaat Cafe is Kang Nam Korean Tofu House which has pretty good soon dobu. When it gets cold enough, I'll go again so I can write a report since I don't remember it much.

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