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mood cafe in west philly

mleighn | Sep 4, 201104:58 PM

I've discovered a wonderful place. From the outside, Mood Cafe looks a little bare and unclear about what exactly it serves, so let me tell you. It serves AMAZING lassis and AMAZING chaat.

Since first trying it, I have gone back 4 times in 2 weeks because I just can't get enough. The owner is extremely friendly, and he could tell I wasn't an expert in chaat. He gave me a really nice overview of all the varieties he offered and we decided to just have him make me a nice representative chaat. He made a samosa chaat for me with mango in it and it really might be in one of the top 10 things I've ever eaten. The balance of hot/cold and tangy/spicy/sweet and texture was really amazing. The yogurt sauce is spectacular.

The first time I visited I had a classic mango lassi, which was definitely the best I've had. I've tried something new each time because he has really interesting varieties of fruits and flavors available that he lets you mix and match, and they have all been wonderful. He is really considerate and proud of what he makes so he has always had me try everything before paying him.

From what I gather, Mood Cafe has only been open a few months and he has plans to add some new things, like meal chaat which has me really excited. Has anyone else tried it and had similar wonderful experiences?

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