I've been working in the South Bay (sunnyvale) for the past few years and have had a good time eating periodically at some of the great Indian restaurants around. I know we have some decent places where I live down in southern California, but man, I'm not sure there's anywhere I know of in the Country with such an abundance of Indian food as what you have just driving down El Camino from Sunnyvale to Santa Clara. What a gem.
Anyhow, I've done a fair amount of searching on these boards and some sleuthing of my own, but I don't really feel like I've found my true go to places, nor do I feel I'm the foremost expert on Indian. But I do love it.
so what are your go to places for Indian in the South Bay? A few of mine:
Madras Cafe: (1177 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA). Really good South Indian vegetarian food at Madras Cafe is really Great dosas (paper dosa, butter masala dosa), good idly, etc. Everything I've had there is good so far.
Shalimar: (1146 W El Camino Real Sunnyvale, CA 94087). The place is a hole if ever there was one. But I've had some good food there. Good tandoori meats, if I remember correctly.
Peacock (2798 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA). I really liked their biryani. Excellent. This place isn't afraid of their spice. Also good were some of the sino-Indian stuff, like Chili Chicken and this other dish (chicken 66 or something like that).
Chaat house (a few around town). Pretty good chaat, as you would hope.
For places that are a bit more upscale, and more palatable to on native Indians, I do like Passage to India in Mountain View. I could probably eat nothing but their butter chicken (murgh makhani) for a week or two and be happy. Also, pretty kick butt aloo gobhi (cauliflower and potato). I find passage to india more flavorful than the Amber Cafe franchises, but those will do in a "western-friendly Indian place" too.
Anyhow, I'm sure there are more that are escaping my mind. But what are your places?