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Kerala or Goan restaurants?

Julie Mar 16, 2006 11:17 PM

I'm recently back from a trip to South India and am craving the food of Kerala and Goa. I'm in the easy bay but will happily drive to just about anywhere for a good meal.

  1. chefj Oct 18, 2012 05:37 PM

    I think that Red Chilis 167 S. Main St.,Milpitas CA 95035 is the only Keralan Restaurant in the area. There Menu definitly reads Kerala but it gets mixed reviews. I have not been so can not vouch for it.

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    1. re: chefj
      Melanie Wong Oct 18, 2012 06:16 PM

      Didn't know about Red Chillies, thanks. Here's the "About" section of its website,

      1. re: chefj
        goldangl95 Oct 18, 2012 06:29 PM

        Red Chilis is very uneven. Their appams are good.

        1. re: goldangl95
          chefj Oct 18, 2012 07:22 PM

          So I guess the mixed reviews are for good reason. Have had any of their other Keralan Dishes?

      2. ckshen Oct 17, 2012 11:25 PM

        Gajalee in the mission?

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        1. re: ckshen
          vulber Oct 18, 2012 06:00 AM

          wow - totally forgot to mention comparisons. i actually thought the food at gajalee was slightly better, but gajalee's cuisine is a little bit broader, as they even call themselves "coastal indian cuisine" with a lot of malvani and konkani influences whereas viva goa is strictly goan - gajalee doesn't have portuguese-influenced items like vindaloo or any pork, for that matter.

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          vulber Oct 17, 2012 10:25 PM

          just got back from a great meal at viva goa. spicing was a little mild (despite our request for spicy), but otherwise enjoyable.

          the sorpotel was especially good - didn't even taste like offal. prawn curry, mussels, veggie xacutl and veggei vindaloo were also all great.

          loved the atmosphere too - which my friends told me was very authentically goan - very relaxed/chill vibe, jazz music, pictures of the sea (and very "relaxed" (slow) service to go with it.

          also had the bebinka for dessert - kind of tasted like gingerbread, but still refreshingly different form the standard five desserts you see on every other indian dessert menu.

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            sackbut Mar 17, 2006 06:30 PM

            I'll happily drive to the easy bay - where is that?

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              Gary Soup Mar 16, 2006 11:55 PM

              You and Robert Lauriston...

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