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udupi palace, sunnyvale

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  • brad kaplan Jul 16, 2001 04:38 PM
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haven't had good southern indian vegetarian since i lived in new york, so when i heard about udupi from a friend, i had to try it immediately. (btw, in new york, madras mahal and pongal are both excellent, and both kosher!)

it took as a while to find it, as the map we got online did not match reality, but it was definitely worth the trip.

we had a very nice onion masala dosa (potato based and spicy wrapped in an indian crepe) and probably the best chana masala (basically garbanzo curry) i've ever had, plus some tasty parathas (flaky flat wheat bread). the clientelle is 95% indian, it was full when we were there at 2 on a saturday, and i hear that there is often a long line to get in. the service was basic and quick, the decor is modern blah basic. the paper dosa looked great, if you've never seen one of these, it is a giant cylindrical paper thin crisp bread, usually about 3 feet long!, with a portion of mixed vegeatables and spices inside typically. it's great for the visual impact alone, and the crisp shell is fun to break apart and dip into the accompanying sauces.

they are also in the process of opening another location just down the street, though it was unclear whether they were moving or opening a sister restaurant, i think the latter.

the current location is on el camino near wolfe, the new one is further north on el camino, i think near mary.

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  1. Hey there Brad! Great post, tucked away for a future South Bay outing.

    Would this be the same place as mentioned in an earlier post here (link below)?

    Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      well, i missed that one. yes, it is one and the same.

      they should take the Yahoo tagline and change it to "Do U Udupi!?"

      1. re: brad kaplan

        You're exactly the guy to put that one in motion. (g)

        Thanks for the correction.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Udupi Palace has also opened in the Newpark Mall in Fremont/Newark.

          Greatest madras coffee and dosai.

          1. re: shants

            Hey thanks for chiming in! Any other notable Indo eats in the area?

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              There is a place in Sunnyvale, on El camino and wolfe called Chaat house. It's next to Taj India. There is also one on El camino and 85 (not too sure of the exact location) and they offer excellent chaat (snacks) from India, as well as Parathas. The spinach parathas are not too spicy, and have great flavor. I also suggest the chaat samosa, which is a samosa with tamarind chutney and garbanzo beans (chole). It is really, really good. The service is fine and the food is always made fresh. (My husband's indian and he verifies this!)
              It's definately worth the time.
              Jennifer

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                On the topic of other good Indian/South Indian food:

                My vote goes to Bombay Garden on Mowry near Newpark Mall.
                Their buffet is extensive and very good quality. The taste is pretty close to the real thing. They have the buffet at lunch (I think all 7 days) and dinner on Sunday.

                Unfortunately, I can't say the same for their A la carte dinner menu. Nothing I ordered at dinner was palatable.

                My conclusion is that they must have different chefs or something.

                I believe there is another restaurant by the same name in San Mateo. From the setup of the serving utensils at both places I am guessing the owners may be the same.