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Concord -More on Namaste North & South Indian Cuisine ???

rworange Sep 25, 2006 12:23 AM

In a post about another Indian restaurant, Kitchen Imp was quite enthusiastic about this restaurant mentioning they also have a great buffet. She likes it so much she drives from Berkeley to eat there:

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/328541#1899223
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/327632#1893380

In the second post, she links to a 2004 Chronicle update about the restaurant.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/04/02/CCGN85UDDD1.DTL&type=food

The original 1999 review
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

Seems like a shame that it would get buried in other posts. It gets a few one sentence thumbs up on Chowhound. Any other fans of Namaste out there?

Namaste 1671, Willow Pass Road, Concord, CA 94520 Ph 925-687-7874

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    family dog Sep 26, 2006 12:54 AM

    We're back, full and happy. Here's today's (9/25/06) eat-all-you-dare menu:

    Hot/warm:
    veg. samosas
    mixed veg. pakoras
    nan
    papadams
    basmati rice
    veg. biryani
    sambar
    tandoori chicken
    lamb kofta curry
    channa masala
    chicken maharajah
    egg curry
    fish kurma
    chicken 65
    dal
    cabbage curry
    eggplant curry

    Cold/cool:
    raita
    lemon pickle
    tamerind/mint/coconut/tomato chutneys
    lettuce/cucumber/carrot
    watermelon
    canteloupe
    orange slices

    Sweets:
    rice kheer
    ras mali
    mango soft ice cream

    Had to try everything just to make sure the quality was as good as last time (last week). 'Twas.

    5 Replies
    1. re: family dog
      Melanie Wong Sep 26, 2006 12:57 AM

      Thank you, the cabbage curry, chicken 65, lemon pickle, and egg curry are calling me. (g)

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        family dog Sep 26, 2006 03:05 AM

        Fortunately/unfortunately, in your list only the lemon pickle is a certainty -- as are most of the cold things and the soups(s - when the rasam is there, too), appetizers (some days samosas, some days hot idlis), and other basic side dishes such as channa masala, dal, tandoori chicken, etc. Personally, I prefer the dry okra to the cabbage, but I've never had a dish there I didn't like. We love being surprised by the combinations of dishes she offers; some old favorites, others new, novel, and delicious.

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          family dog Sep 26, 2006 05:36 AM

          When I wrote "is a certainty" in the above reply to Melanie Wong's note, I meant "is certain to be on the daily buffet menu" - not that only those items were "a certainty" to be of high quality.

      2. re: family dog
        Kitchen Imp Sep 26, 2006 02:42 AM

        Mmmm Chicken Maharajah! Wonderfully addictive. I've never had the egg curry -- never even saw it there before. How was it and what was it like?

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          family dog Sep 26, 2006 03:16 AM

          Basically just whole hardboiled eggs in a (tomato-based?) curry sauce. I always find it hard to describe the flavors in her curries, because the balances are so subtle that even though every one is different it's hard for me to identify a "primary" spice in the blends. I recognize the mix, have ones I like "best", but probably don't even know the names of the ingredients she uses to create them.

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        family dog Sep 25, 2006 08:11 PM

        I've listed Namaste as one of my five favorite restaurants. It is, in fact, my Number One. We followed the cook when she left another Concord restaurant almost 10 years ago to open her own place with her husband. Her daily lunch buffet menu (well over 20 dishes including pakoras, nan, soups, veg. and non-veg. entrees, salads, desert, fruits, etc.) is always varied, delicious, and balanced in Ayurvedic terms. The regular clientele covers the breadth of the South Asian subcontinent, plus lucky westerners. It's a real bargain at $8.99/person. Sounds so good, we'll head there right now, and I'll write more when we get back.

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        1. re: family dog
          Robert Lauriston Sep 25, 2006 08:23 PM

          Where was she ten years ago?

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            family dog Sep 26, 2006 12:34 AM

            At a nearby place called Swagat, which we went to the day it opened, having enjoyed several meals at the first Swagat, in Milpitas.

            1. re: family dog
              Robert Lauriston Sep 26, 2006 12:40 AM

              Thanks, that's what I was hoping, the food was great there back then.

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