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Chai Cafe, Arlington Center

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Chai Cafe, Arlington Center

aromatherapy | Feb 22, 2003 03:04 PM

Needed something light, tasty and fast this afternoon, and tried this little cafe in the Punjab Food & Spices shop. Half a dozen tiny tables and a food prep area in the back, with samosas, sweets, etc. in a case. The menu is chats, bahjis, papris, and the like, mostly in the $2.50-3.50 range; lassis and other drinks; and of course chai. Had the soup of the day, which was a good cuminy moong dal, and the alu papri--cubes of potato, chickpeas, diced tomato, cucumber, mild green chili, bits of cold crisp poori, yogurt, and tamarind sauce, mildly spiced, served with little pots of onion and tamarind chutneys.. Very nice, though I would have preferred it less chilly. Also something I saw in the case and had to try: a long mildly hot green chili (think skinny Hungarian pepper) stuffed with a little potato, battered and deep fried. They heated it up for me. I wolfed it immediately.I wouldn't go far out of my way to eat there, but it's a nice alternative if you're in the neighborhood. The same people run the Punjabi restaurant on the other side of Mass Ave., but I've never been there.

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