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Spicy Bite chowdown report(#3?)

Windy | Jan 19, 200412:20 AM

Tonight, 12 hounds including 3 from as far away as New Haven and Reno converged at the corner of Cortland and Mission St to work our way through the Spicy Bite menu.

Everyone will post on individual dishes, which included:

Channa bhatura--garbanzo beans with puri
aloo mint tikki--deep fried potato patties
fish pakora--thanks to Nancy Berry for recommending these!

From the Chinese menu, we sampled:
sweet corn vegetable soup
chicken hakka noodle
Gobi mansurian--veggie stir fry with fresh coriander sauce

We had two kinds of biryiani, the vegetable and Spicy Bite biryani

Vegetarian specialties:
aloo cauli masala--cauliflower and potatoes
paneer dilruba--homemade cheese cubes in a creamy tomato sauce
channa saag--fresh spinach cooked with garbanzo beans in onion-based sauce

Other entrees:
chicken tikka masala
chicken vindaloo
lamb vindaloo
tandoori chicken
barra kabab (lamb chops)
Sikh kabab--the only thing we ordered that was not on the regular menu
shrimp bhuna

plus several orders of garlic naan and the peshawari naan with cherries and nuts

and several orders of carrot halwa and gulab jamon, served with sprays of chocolate

A few overall thoughts:
It was great to meet so many new people, including several who are new to the bay area, and to try a huge variety of dishes.

Some portions were enormous. And despite the name and ordering some dishes hot, nothing was particularly spicy. The quality of the meat was praised as being tender.

Unlike say the Pakistani restaurants in the Tandor-loin, at Spicy Bite most entrees came as complete dinners, with a side of rice and a small portion of salad. Few of the other tables were filled, although they seem to be doing a healthy delivery business.

Because there were so many of us, the owners had thought it was someone's birthday, so they'd gotten us a cake. They insisted on serving with a lit candle so we sang. It was a pretty delicious cake--whipped cream and a white cake that could have been soaked in marsala wine. (They also didn't charge us for this)

Dinner for 12 came to $20 each including tax and generous tip but excluding drinks.

Spicy Bite is at 3500 Mission Street, 415 647-4036

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