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Vik's update + Indian grocery notes

bernalgirl | Dec 31, 200501:55 PM

I've read posts where people recommend Vik's for masala dosa so thought I'd post on their "new" menu. Looks like Vik's is back to it's Northern roots, with the standard chaat (bhel puri, pani puri, sev puri, pakora and samosa -- and my favorite, the dish I dream about and must have every few months, chana bhatura). Gone are the dosai, idli and other "newer," Southern additions to the menu.

Instead, they seem to have standardized on a brief, rotating thali style menu, with three dishes. They've offered this type of thing in the past, but this menu is somehow more formalized than I've seen, and more people were ordering these than almost anything else yesterday. Yesterday's was a chicken dish, saag paneer and a Bengali fish dish. All come with chapati, rice, pickle, dal and halwa.

Everything was good, as usual, and the place was packed. They have high chairs, and our baby enjoyed her first exposure to pakori puri, halwa and chana bhatura. Vik's is still one of my favorite Bay Area destinations.

And the adjacent store offers a wider selection of frozen parotha than previously. The Malabar parotha cooked up very well with this morning's breakfast. Unfortunately, no prepared idli. I may have to find a new source for these since the store adjacent to Bombay Creamery emptied most of its cold case, at least on my last visit a few weeks ago.

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