A Chowk is a square or marketplace or center.
This unassuming place near the dumbarton bridge (a short drive from Menlo Park) has an excellent menu. There's a lot of unusual dishes - tandoori, indo-chinese, "mumbai roadside dishes", biryani, etc. It's near a mi pueblo. The room is a square unadorned room with mustard yellow walls.
Each of the dishes had an usual deft touch. Between the interesting menu, and solid showing across a range of dishes, and low prices, it's hard to remember another indian place I've enjoyed as much.
Cut Mirchi - I love a good cut mirchi, which is Jalapenos deep fried. Well done, they're almost not hot, with the light cooking sweetening and softening but not overmuch. Perfectly done.
Chicken Kolhapuri - I had no idea what Kolhapuri was, but it's a gravy based curry-ish thing. The quality of the chicken was solid, the gravy was unusual and tasty.
Chapati - very nice. I love when the whole wheat really comes through.
Bhel Puri - I added this on at the end, and it's a solid Bhel Puri, nice crispy bits, enough apple, solid all around.
Total was $22 out the door.
I did not see any alcohol on the menu.
Service was pleasant enough. At some point the chef actually came out and took a tour of the room.