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Mar 23, 2010 08:48 PM

Vik's is a Joke

Vik's Chaat Corner was without a doubt the worst place we chose to eat while up in your city the past weekend. This was the third time I gave place a chance and it stroked out so hard. I had hoped that the new digs might have inspired the cooking a bit but all we ate was a failure.

We had:
Keema Samosas
Pani Puris
Papdi Chaat
Chai and Mango Lassi


The chai was so pitiful it tasted like hot milk faintly spiced with a lipton tea bag.

Mango Lassi came out of a slurpee machine

The keema samosas could have been ground beef - tasted nothing of lamb. And the chutney was a few days past prime.

Pani puris were the worst. They came unprepared and the jeera water tasted so artificial and painfully sharp on the throat. The filling was literally a pile of mashed potatoes topped with chickpeas. Pathetic

Papdi chaat tasted good but there were like 4 papdis to soak up the rich yogurt and tamarind.

Uttapam - had no green chiles or onion in the pancake - so bland. The sambhar was lackluster as was the yellow gravy.

Save your money and go elsewhere for chaat. If you are ever in San Diego check out Surati Farsan - which is like the French Laundry of chaat put next to this Mickeydees of Indian street food.

Vik's Chaat House
2390 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

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  1. Should have gone to Indus Village up the street.

    Indus Village Restaurant
    1920 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

    1. Finally, someone who agrees with me. You didn't try their grey bhel puri. That was interesting. Also the khaman was...interesting, and might have tasted okay if I could physically bite through that yellow brick.

      I actually think McD's is better than this.

      If you're in Fremont, I highly recommend that Dana Bazaar place. The pani puris there are great. People come from miles around to get them.

      There's also a Surati Farsan in Artesia (near Los Angeles), which is v good.

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      1. re: choctastic

        Another vote for Dana Bazaar. Awesome pani puri and I'm a fan of their papri chaat.

        I've never been a fan of Vik's either, but SO likes the keema samosas which I think are the only things worth ordering there.

        Kare, out of curiousity, have you ever had a keema lamb dish that tasted distinctly lamby? At home, I tend to make my keema with ground turkey or ground beef, but have had a lot of keema made with lamb. Other than the textural differences, I don't think I've ever been able to discern a real difference since the spicing is usually on the heavy side...

      2. Count me in as someone who thinks Vik's is like the fairy tale about the Emperor with No Clothes and no one waned to point out the obvious.
        I like the little market, though.

        1. I think the bhel puri and similar Chaat at Chaat Cafe on University is under appreciated.

          1. I haven't been to Vik's since the move but most of the dishes I've had there before have been good, in particular the bhatura cholle, dahi batata puri, lamb baida roti, chicken kathi kebab, and the dosa. Some of these are a little greasy but I believe that's how it's supposed to be. One miss was the vegetable pakora, which was a bit overfried.

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            1. re: Mr_Happy

              I haven't been in nearly 7 years but I did enjoy the chole bhature as well.