A second Chaat Cafe in Fremont opened last week at the south end of town. Guess this speaks to the size and spending power of the South Asian population in this corner of the Bay Area.
This was my first visit to any in this local (plus Texas) chain of Indian fast food. Its loyal customers have already found it as things were quite busy at dinner time. The offerings include the standard menu listed on the website with the addition of "Desi pizzas" offered as vegetarian or tandoori chicken for $6.99. Hope we'll hear a report on the pizza from someone.
With just a little time to eat, I ordered papri chaat, $3.50, for a quick snack. The yogurt was light and fluffed up, and not too sweet. Seasonings were rather mild - I went up to the counter to get a shaker of the red chili powder and some of the green minty chutney. The version here has only seasoned salt, red chili, and tamarind sauce, and much more garbanzo beans than diced potatoes. It was fresh and crunchy and I liked the salt seasonings. Once I added more chili and some green chutney, it came to life. Some more of the salt seasoning would have helped though. It was nice to have a non-disposable dish and utensils too.
(strip mall between Longs Drugs and Baskin-Robbins)
46465 Mission Blvd. (off 680)
Note: the Sunnyvale address is crossed on the take-out menu, has this branch closed? It's still listed on the website.
Jim Leff's post on San Francisco branch
Katya's post on SF branch