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Gujarati Lunch at Krishna Restaurant, Fremont

Melanie Wong | Oct 27, 200503:38 AM     11

Krishna Restaurant in Fremont offers sweets, a few chaat snacks, and lunch or dinner plates. I wanted to try it because I'd heard that the food was Gujarati style. With Diwali celebrations beginning, I was hoping to find some special dishes. Turns out I was too early, the Diwali cooking will be offered this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

I started with an order of alu vada, potato filled fritters. These were just okay, as they had been reheated.

Much better was the daily lunch plate for $4.50 which has a different selection every day. The three puffy puris were great, fried in fresh oil to a tender crisp with very thin shells.

I loved the little timbale-looking cake of sev khaman made of vermicelli and puffed gram flour. The granules were so light and airy. The seasonings were equally ethereal with a bit of fresh chili pepper, nigella, a little fresh cilantro leaf for faintly savory, tangy, sweet, and peppery nuances. I noticed that another customer had sauced his with tamarind, but I liked it just fine plain.

The bhaji had firmish chunks of potato in a yellow curry, again with a bit of mustardy bite that gave it a different character. This had some greens mixed in for some herbal notes.

The carrot pickle was deliciously interesting. These still had the raw, fresh snappy texture. Again, a barely imperceptible sweetness in the background rounded out the tartness and salt.

The dal was thin and soupy. It tasted more of fresh vegetable stock than lentils, which was a nice change of pace, and had a touch of sugar in the finish that balanced the chili hotness. I wasn't crazy about the square of dhokla for dessert, but that's just me with Indian sweets.

Except for the vada, everything tasted very fresh and had that homemade love in it. All in all, I was happy with this vegetarian lunch and especially with the price.

Krishna Restaurant
(510) 656-2336
40645 Fremont Blvd # 1
Fremont, CA 94538
Closed Mondays

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