Melanie sent out a last minute invite to lunch at Annapurna Snacks in Sunnyvale. A previous chowdown was for their Gujarati thali, but today was for their South Indian thali. This was a small chowdown (just Melanie and I made it), but since only one thali is served each day, we got to try everything that was available.
Annapurna isn't much for atmosphere, but it's not really a hole-in-the-wall. They have 5 or 6 tables in front, as well as a back section with tables for larger parties or banquets. The seating area was quite clean, and the thali came out quickly on plastic trays.
Today's thali included rotis, potato and green bean curry, dal with cabbage, papad (or a similar wafer) pieces, a sweet flour-y dessert, and 2 soups- one sambar-like with squash, and one with clearer broth. The thali was served with watery buttermilk (chass?).
Overall the food was very fresh-tasting and properly spiced, but I wasn't blown away, especially at the $9 price point. The food was much less greasy than is typical, and the owner came around with extra helpings of everything. There's a sign on the wall saying that roti is limited to 5 pieces, and it seems to be enforced.
I didn't walk away an Annapurna fan, but everything I tried was in the good, but not great category. My favorite was the dessert- small clumps of something golden brown and flour-y, with a nicely balanced sweetness.
Previous chowdown: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...
Katya's (very) recent visit: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...