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Another Indian recommendation in South Bay...

Desolation Row | Jul 8, 200208:00 PM

Chaat Paradise
165 E. El Camino, Mountain View, CA 94040

Intersection of Grant and El Camino behind the Burger King and next to the Smart and Final. It is tucked away in the corner.

Excellent all vegetarian North Indian food. Close (though not quite) to authentic Indian home cooked food. May not be your cup of tea if you think Pasand or Swagat serve good Indian food. They have been around a couple of months and we have to see if they descend into the boring mediocrity that typifies most Bay Area Indian restaurants.

Food type - Not only chaat despite what the title suggests. Homely, delicately spiced North Indian food. Recommend the House Thali (thali means plate in Hindi). Comes with two vegetables of the day (always has been good thus far), dal (lentil soup), kadhi (soup with buttermilk and lentil flour, very yummy), rice, sambar and two freshly made chapatis (bread). Also a choice of soda or chaas (think diluted, lightly spice buttermilk, thin version of lassi). Also a papadam (lentil wafer) and pickles.

Food is quite distinctive. Decor is unpretenious but nicer than your typical Indian fast food place. The cutlery is actually nice, very atypical given their low prices. Lots of natural light.

They also have a large extensive snack menu. Also they have a menu of vegetable curries made to order. Also a wide variety of breads.

Everything is quite inexpensive, the thali itself goes for $5.99. The chaat snakes go for $3.50.

Can be best compared to Lovely's Sweets down in Sunnyvale. Better decor, similar food, a trifle more expensive. No annoying Hindi movies on TV.

They also sell fresh chapatis ($6.00 for 20). They also supply the chapatis to India Cash and Carry (my choice for a good Indian grocery store).

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