SO and I decided to check out Athidhi after seeing positive mentions on CH. We were particularly interested in their biryani as we're doing an informal crawl looking for possible future caterers.
It was a rainy Monday night and we were the only diners for the first 20 minutes of our meal. Athidhi advertises that they host events and the relatively large space had decorations from a recent baby shower still up. We were seated next to the windows, but for some reason the drapes were drawn and the rest of the windows covered with paper. I really wish they had opened the drapes as although all we would be looking at is the parking lot and strip mall Athidhi’s located in, it was almost cave-like inside.
We ordered the chicken biryani, Andhra-style chicken, and malai kofta. Andhra-style chicken was very good in a homey way with a deep rich sauce, lots of cilantro, and a nice level of heat. We read that the south Indian dishes were the way to go and that is definitely demonstrated by the malai kofta. The sauce was a mild tikka masala sauce and the koftas obviously reheated from refrigeration as the coating had pulled away from the spongy filling. I ate exactly one bite of a kofta. Biryani was typical Andhra-style, nicely spiced, good heat, but had 1 small chicken thigh chopped into 2 pieces and one gray egg sliced in half. Andhra-style chicken had 5 pieces of chicken from 2.5 chicken thighs. I understand a restaurant cutting chicken into smaller pieces for a shorter cooking time, but I felt slightly put off by the chicken portions considering that the dishes that contained it were $9 each. Further, both had little shards of bone that were scattered throughout our dishes. Very sloppy.
Taste-wise, I can see how Athidhi’s food would be appealing when fresh, especially during a buffet, but I will not be returning. There are just too many other South Asian restaurants in the area to choose from.
Oh, and another thing I’m going to be adding to my reviews of South Asian restaurants: whether the server asks you for heat level which is important for the enjoyment of most dishes. SO and I were not prompted by our server and forgot to ask, but did overhear the customers after us being asked. Given the heat levels of the biryani and AS chicken, I think that Athidhi would be a place that would deliver if requested.
47986 Warm Springs Blvd, Fremont, CA 94539