Closest to Indian Homestyle Food
Here, as in much of India, restaurants don't make homestyle food for the most part. The all veg buffet at Deedee's in Mountain View might come the closest or the thalis offered at some of the S Indian places, such as Tirupathi Bhimas in Milpitas. Here's my post on Deedee's, where the cooking is mostly done by women,
I'm hoping to hear a report on the New Sultan in SF to see if the mom is still making any homestyle dishes. Sultan does have a professional chef, yet the most memorable and heartfelt dishes are the ones that the mother of the family cooks herself.
1208 S Abel St, Milpitas, CA 95035
340 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102
341 Lafayette St #101, Santa Clara, CA
You can add Annapoorna in San Mateo for S.Indian. While Kabab N Curry has some excellent N.Indian food, I don't know that I'd call it "homestyle". IMHO, little Rajjot in Sunnyvale more reflects homecooked N.Indian food. Although I've only had their excellent chaat, Chat Patta Corner in Fremont may offer some of what your are looking for.
ceekskat, we generally prefer S.Indian places to the northern/Pakistani/naan places, and liked Annapoorna quite a bit. Om on 4th St. in San Rafael is probably a notch higher in the freshness and concentration of the ingredients and spices. Much like the foods my former neighbor from Kerala made at home. cheers
Heck, sometimes I have trouble getting my Indian relatives to cook me "homestyle" food...they want to cook something more formal and I just want to eat their everyday dishes that they wouldn't usually serve to company...
That being said, the pav bhaji at Vik's (I think it might be one of their weekend specials) is almost identical to the pav bhaji I recently ate at my sister-in-law's house. It is served as a one dish meal.
Now, if anyone knows of a good version of kicheree or dal dhokli at an Indian restaurant, you would make my husband very happy......
Vik's Chaat House
2390 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710