Speaking of the South Indian ...
While discussing the finer points of Tibetan vs. Nepalese momos today with a woman who has spent quite a bit of time in India, Pakistan, Tibet and Nepal, she said the closest thing to real Indian food was at Bombay Cuisine on 9th street off of University.
Nothing I could find on Chowhound. The only thing I could find on the web was this brief review which says the food is from Southern India.
This place defines hole in the wall. From the looks of it, one would think it was long closed, but people were walking in and out.
Ok, I don't remember specifics, but she said to skip desserts here, but go next door to the Indian Market, Milan, for the sweets. She was describing the burfi with loving detail,
So I started up about Passage to India in Mountain View having the only worth while methi that I've tried to date and most just seemed heavy and not interesting.
So she says the mithai at Milan is home made and they are delivered on Saturday (occasionally Wednesday). Her opinion is that when the sweets sit around they lose flavor or pick up flavors of what they are sitting next to.
As to Bombay Cuisine, bread-wise she said to skip the Indian bread that starts with a 'c' but get the one that puffs up. Sorry, she had the names, but I didn't take notes and I don't have a lot of Indian food expertise.