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Nov 7, 2007 03:56 PM

Closest to Indian Homestyle Food

Is there any restaurant in the Bay area that seems to offer dishes typical to the average Indian home - be it N, S, W, or E Indian.

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  1. 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.

    Tirupathi Bhimas
    1208 S Abel St, Milpitas, CA 95035

    340 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

    341 Lafayette St #101, Santa Clara, CA

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Taste Buds in Sunnyvale has been advertising homestyle dishes available for take-out twice weekly, but I have not explored this yet. Has anyone else tried these?


      Taste Buds
      673 Grape Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

    2. Spice-hut in Sunnyvale for veg & non-veg S Indian style, specially masala fried fish
      Tirupati Bhimas in Milpitas for veg S Indian
      Shan and Kabab n Curry in Santa clara for N Indian tandoori
      DeeDees in MView for veg
      New India Chat cafe in Milpitas for veg N Indian

      1. 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.

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        1. re: ceekskat

          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

        2. If you want it IN your home, you could try this tiffin box service which has quite a few fans, as I recall from some old discussions:

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          1. re: Xiao Yang

            I think that annadaata is your best option.

          2. 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

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            1. re: janetofreno

              Checkout the website for Diptiskitchen. They have daldhokli, as well as undhiyo. As for khichri, its better to cook @ home, takes less than 10 min.If you can go up to Milan in milpitas they offer some good gujarati items, just call ahead to make sure