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***Curry-Diving: Invitation to Empress of India (Sunnyvale) and SF-4/6

Melanie for the Masala Hounds | Mar 29, 200403:16 AM

The Masala Hounds invite you to join their hunt for the best of South Asian cooking. All are welcome – newcomers and regulars.

Here’s the start of the tiffin runs for April –

Empress of India, Sunnyvale – Saturday

We’ve had a huge response to our initial feeler and have set up a special dinner. Cost per person will be approximately $40, including tax, tip and corkage, plus at least one special bottle of wine to share. The wine theme is Champagne, Rhone variety reds and Aromatic whites.

This chowdown/winedown is almost sold out but we still have a couple seats open if you act quickly. If you can send in a deposit via PayPal, email Ruth Lafler,, to sign up and indicate what wine you’ll be bringing before 10am, Monday 3/29. Please be as specific as possible about your wine selection so that we can ensure diversity of choices and avoid duplication. We’re happy to provide suggestions for what to bring.

Activating the Naan-o-Meter, Sunset District - SF, 4/6

It's finally here - a curry dive on the west side of San Francisco, Tuesday April 6 at 7:30PM. Our destination restaurant opened 7 months ago in the Sunset district. Based on an initial chowhound sleuthing, compared to similar restaurants in the Tandoorloin, it ranks among the best. Be ready for a naan of all naans and fresh, chunky (rather than pureed) vegetable dishes. Bring your own beer and extras to share. Approximate cost is $15, plus we’ll be passing the hat to make a GoodWill contribution. Parking is reasonably easy and free after 6PM. RSVP and questions to:

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Curry-diving Reports:

SHALIMAR (Tandoorloin) -
PAKWAN (Mission) –
WOODLANDS (Newark) –
SPICY BITE (San Francisco)
PRIYA lunch buffet (Berkeley)
ATHITHI closing
PRIYA dinner

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There are several more venues – Alhamra, Nawab, Udupi Palace, Chaat Café, Kabana, Saroor, Vik’s, Mughal (formerly Bar B Q Tonite), etc. – that we’re interested in adding to the chowdown series. We’re in need of hosts to help put these together. If you’d like to volunteer to organize an outing to one of these restaurants or another favorite, please contact Melanie Wong,, to schedule a slot on the curry-diving calendar.

This is a private, volunteer assisted event. No agency relationship, express or implied exists between any parties and Chowhound, Inc. This is not a Chowhound, Inc. sponsored event.


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