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Bombay to Goa is a specialty restaurant with culinary offerings from the coast of Maharashtra (e.g. Malwan)and the state of Goa. We tried some of the classics - fried fish, shrimp sukka (dry), Goan special shrimp curry with okra, fish curry and bhakri (similar to chapati, but thicker and made with sorghum. They were all finger-licking good. Make it awesome.
Particularly noteworthy were: shrimp sukka and a very authentic version of the fish curry - sprinkled with "trifal", the Indian version of the numbing Sichuan peppercorns. The fried fish was also excellent: note, I didn't particularly care about the fact that the fish was probably frozen , what mattered more was the masala used to marinate it. And that was fresh, authentic, and yes - hot and spicy. The fish offerings are a Bombay/Goa staple: bangda, surmai, pompfret etc. Also had the Goan version of sol kadhi; a cold soup for a hot summer day. Result: very refreshing.
Couple of things to note: Reservations are highly encouraged. Service is slow (they're apologetic, if that helps), and for lunch they have a prix fixe ("thali") option (apparently, the service is slow for that as well). In summary, a lot of patience is necessary, but the food was well worth the wait. Prices are OK - $9-12 entrees, portion sizes are OK. They also offer Bombay street side specials e.g., Vada Pav - but I could care less. This is a very interesting addition to the Bay Area Indian food landscape: we have far too many IndoPak/Punjabi/"South Indian" joints offering more or less the same type of food (Gosh how many more Hyderabadi Biryani places do we need?) and in the same type of environment (low quality service and ambiance in the name of "authenticity").
Gajalee in SF offers a few Malwani/Goan dishes...I am yet to try it, so will pass judgement only when I do (don't judge a book by it cover, or a restaurant merely by its menu).
Bombay to Goa
151 E El Camino Real
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
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