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Ericruo | Aug 28, 201510:56 AM    

My wife and I had an impromptu dinner last night at Chennai Grill in Dublin, CA. It's a South Indian restaurant where customers get their own plates and cutlery, order at the counter and then one is served. Their website is www.chennaigrill.com.

Mixed vegetable pakoras shredded onions, cabbage, carrots, bell pepper and curry leaves)served with a coconut and mustard seed chutney. These are more heavily coated in besan flour which makes them crunchy rather than crisp. Nice spicing and textures.

Madurai Malli Dosa: crispy dosa filled with mashed spiced potato, nice spicing, served with the coconut chutney, a tomato chutney -nice but too sweet for my tastes, and that vegetable soup (rasam). That soup is fabulous, its spicy and complex and nicely thick.

Goat Pepper Masala: small amount of stewed goat with bones in that south indian masala. Lots of pepper, ginger, garlic, red chile (chile de arbol?), cumin, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, and so on. Big flavors, meat tender and flavorful.

Garlic Naan: nice charring and no burnt garlic flavor.

This is a worthy place. Its not as precise and distinct in its flavoring as Anjappar Chettinad in Sunnyvale, but the flavors are there. It's much closer at hand to those who don't live in the South Bay. Not expensive, we paid about $30 including a soft drink. The server was a very nice young man who was responsive to our requests for more chutney and more ice. The server said we had missed their twice annual biryani party and said that one could find out about the timing on Facebook. Next time!

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