The food at Peacock Indian Café is worth the trek to its somewhat remote location near Mount Hamilton, reckons Ken Hoffman.

The butter chicken is addictive, in a perfectly smooth curry with lovely warm and blistered naan. Chile chicken—battered fried chicken slathered in a fiery sauce—could pass for a Szechuan dish. Fortunately, it comes with plain rice and cooling raita.

The restaurant’s website touts its Hyderabadi biryani, a dish usually made with goat meat marinated in yogurt, and here there is also mutton, egg, and vegetable biryanis. The chicken version isn’t as deeply flavorful as that at Kabab & Curry’s, says Ken Hoffman, with lightly seasoned rice and meat that’s on the dry side. Still, it’s pretty tasty.

Cash only. It’s more take-out friendly—order at the window—and eating on-site means paper plates and Styrofoam cups.

Peacock Indian Café [South Bay]
2670 Aborn Road, San Jose
408-528-9422

Kabab & Curry’s [South Bay]
1498 Isabella Street, Santa Clara
408-247-0745

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