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Good Chettinadu and Indian Chinese dishes at Muniyandi Vilas (Santa Clara)


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Good Chettinadu and Indian Chinese dishes at Muniyandi Vilas (Santa Clara)

zartemis | Nov 8, 2009 05:25 PM

Muniyandi Vilas (or Sri Muniyandi Vilas Military Hotel) has moved from a spot in the Bharat Baazar grocery to a full restaurant. Site of the former, short-lived Jerusalem Restaurant: 3064 El Camino, Santa Clarra.

In sea of south indian restaurants, they focus on Chettinad and Indian Chinese dishes, from the more heavily non-vegetarian south Indian area of Tamilnadu: Chettinad.

My dining partner and I have visited 3 times already, focusing on some of these dishes.

They offer "regular" biryani, which is Chettinad style and the menu says they offer hyderbadi style on weekends. When we first went we mistakenly thought that meant they considered the weekend dish one of their house specialites, but it turns out that they only intend to offer it because so many in the area expect it. Right now they told us they want to concentrate on their Chettinad dishes and haven't yet offered the hyderbadi style on the weekends. The regular biryani came with egg and the spices were well cooked in to the rice mix (uniformly brown color), served with raita and meat (mutton, chicken, ...) curry sauce on the side. Good spice level (hotter than hyderbadi, but not as hot as some of the other dishes they offer).

My favorite dish has been the simple chili gobi. Prepared similarly to chili chicken, but with cauliflower. Very nicely fried, good crust, and good high heat level. The manchurian dishes are similar, but with more of a salty flavor and less heat. The szechuan chicken noodles were surprisingly good. I haven't enjoyed the Indian Chinese dishes I've had elsewhere, but I like the all the ones we've tried at Muniyandi so far.

The chicken chettinad had a reddish brown sauce, with a complex flavor and high heat level.

They do offer a wide range of idly, dosa, and uttapam, though we've only tried the uttapam so far. With how good the Chettinad and Indian Chinese dishes are, I'm less likely to fill up on these here.

Right now they are cash only (a downside when you like the food enough to want to order extra to go).

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I've attached pictures of mutton biryani and vegetable manchurian.

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