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Green Chili Indian Restaurant in Saxonville, Framingham

  • tatsu May 13, 2010 12:19 PM

I was talked out of Aoi so I had lunch here instead. Don't have time to review but here are some quick and dirty pics, judge for yourselves.

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Green Chili
1 Nicholas Rd unit 49, Framingham, MA 01701

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  1. OK so no one's got anything to say here? I am so not posting pics again. Le sigh.
    I totally dug up a find people!!!

    4 Replies
    1. re: tatsu

      I looked at the photos but was waiting to hear the review. Usually people will not just comment on photos. Looks good to me and i dont even eat much indian food. No clue what any of the photos are of even. Well except for the Naan

      1. re: hargau

        That is totally weird a picture is worth 1000 words what's wrong fellow Chowhounds?

        Aight, aight. Well, in addition to Dosa Temple and Udupi Bhavan, Green Chili is another entrant to South Indian light meal fare in Metrowest, plus some other random things thrown in for fun.

        The first 2 pics are a Chatt. This one is Andrha Chatt, not unlike Bhelpuri, except it has a base of samosa like skins. Crispy and refreshing at the same time.

        Next up with the chickpeas is a Samosa Chatt. If you ever had Tiki Chole, it is similar. This was really good, much better than the sloppy mess over at Punjabi Dhaba.

        We ordered a Northern standard, Palak Paneer (Spinach and Cheese). The spinach was obviously blended pretty fine and the taste was good, pretty mild in comparison to the Samosa Chatt surprisingly. The rice was decent. The Paneer was good quality and had the right bite, not too rubbery like when they overcook it at Dhaba.

        Next, Uttapam, which he calls Pancake. This is better than Punjabi Dhaba's again. (I really don't care for the Dhaba, which I know Slim JB is gunna writing back on...) We got the onion and chili one, and it was bird's eye chili, I could of used more of them, but probably it's enough heat for white people. It's not a naan! It's actually rice flour.

        The next shot is the Sambar, a common side with alot of these dishes. The sambar was very rich and delicious, but unfortunately too salty.

        A little closeup of the coconut chutney, which I think could use a bit more spice and perhaps too finely ground, I like a bit of chew to it.

        The last shots are one of the dosas, and this one is a bit charred but it's ok. Pretty big and stuffed hugely. Also served with coconut chutney and sambar.

        As mentioned in another thread (see below) they do hot dogs because it was a hot dog shop before. It's been in business for 4 months and we had a nice chat with Tony the owner.

        The menu and food is not as expansive as Dosa Temple but it's a lot cleaner. It's in a very odd location, a strip mall like Dosa Temple, but even more isolated and not close to a lot of Indians.

        I think the big deal is breakfast, which he has an American menu for, but I would one of my favorite things to do in NYC is go for Indian breakfast, it's amazing way to wake up. Udupi is rumored to have breakfast, but Shrewesbury is way too out there, it's basically Worcester not Metrowest.

        This is pretty much undiscovered except for the other chowhound who found it first. No yelps, no website, no nothing. Since he was a one man show at lunch today, I would try it now before he gets (hopefully) busy.

        And there you go. Discuss!

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        Punjabi Dhaba
        225 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139

        Udupi
        378 Maple Ave, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

        Dosa Temple
        59 Pond St, Ashland, MA 01721

        Green Chili
        1 Nicholas Rd unit 49, Framingham, MA 01701

        1. re: tatsu

          Oh, everything plus a mango lassi was right under 40 bucks. 6 items total.

          It's actually more comparable to my dreaded Dhaba than the more authentic south indian vegetarian Temple or Bhavan. It's way better than Dhaba, I just don't have a lot of respect for sort of grind it out and spoon it on a tray attitude over there.

      2. re: tatsu

        You only gave us 2.5 hrs! :)

      3. Yeah, I'vebeen remiss in posting about this place...I just posted on the Aoi thread...
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        I've only had a few chaats from there, but they were good, and plentiful...My fave new spot for food closet-type Indian is the shockingly sterile-looking Green Pepper(Chili, actually) in the Water St Plaza (not sure what it's really called, where the Aborn Hardware is...

        A take-out with some seating, split between hot dogs and subs, and Indian fast food., which isn't really fast, everything is cooked to order. and a nice spicy Masala Roti, with a veggie soup, for lunch, for like, $6, and got a really wonderful chaat, the one with 'rice krispies" and tamarind sauce...I know it when I see it on a menu, sorry...

        Forgot to mention, one of the guys (Tony?) is from Goa, so next time I'm in, I will definitely try their Goanese Fish dish....

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        1. re: galleygirl

          I am sorry, but I had one of my worst restaurant experiences at this place a few weeks back. The food was way off, not at all tasty, and quite expensive. Granted that the portions were massive, but this is of no use if the yogurt is sour and the spices are bland or non-existent (dahi puri). The bhel puri tasted bad. We were the only customers in the place, and clearly heard a microwave announce the heating of our food. The dosa batter was sour, and the uthappam had large pieces of green peppers that dominated the tastebuds. The veg biriyani was colored a bright red and totally inedible. Unfortunately, people do not realize that Indian food is a lot more than simply slapping some spices together.

          1. re: vickoo

            Welcome to chowhound. Thanks for posting. Indian food in general is tough in Boston. Lot's of options but sadly few that are truly worthy. Any place in particular that you like?

            1. re: StriperGuy

              a number of Indian coworkers out here in Metrowest say that Masala Art in Needham is the best - one even chose them to cater his daughter's wedding (3 days - 400 people).

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              Masala Art
              990 Great Plain Avenue, Needham, MA 02492

              1. re: MABMAQ

                In addition, Royal Bengal (Cambridge) was nice once, but I stopped going when the taste deteriorated and the oil levels sky-rocketed.

                India Castle (along Mass Ave, towards Harvard U.) was OK the last time I was there, but I have not been there in several years.

                Shalimar (Cambridge) had such lousy service, they pulled our plates away even while we were eating.

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                Royal Bengal
                313 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

                India Castle Restaurant & Bar
                928 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

              2. re: StriperGuy

                I do not go out often for Indian food, but given that I have trawled the area between Boston and Shrewsbury in the past decade, I have hit the usual spots at least once. In my view, Pongal (Bilerica) and Rasoi (Framingham) are above the rest. Hot Breads (Framingham) is very good for the unusual items such as chaats and eggless cakes.

                Minerva (Natick), India Cafe (Shrewsbury) and Udupi Bhavan (Shrewsbury) are generally good. Masala Art (Needham) is Americanized Indian cuisine and not exactly authentic Indian cooking.

                I live a short distance from Green Chili, and I was initially very excited to have them close by. But it was finally all for nought.

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                Masala Art
                990 Great Plain Avenue, Needham, MA 02492

                Udupi
                378 Maple Ave, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

                Rasoi Restaurant
                855 Worcester Rd Ste 24, Framingham, MA 01701

                1. re: vickoo

                  I have not returned but I thought my pics showed what they were capable of. It's too bad they did not maintain the acceptable level and have declined.

                  Pongal is one of my favorites, I've heard mixed about Rasoi, is that next to Red Pepper? And what of this Hot Breads??

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                  Rasoi Restaurant
                  855 Worcester Rd Ste 24, Framingham, MA 01701

                  Red Pepper
                  122 White St, Haverhill, MA 01830

                  1. re: tatsu

                    Yes, Rasoi is in the same complex (Trolley Square) as Red Pepper. They have been quite consistent in the 3-4 times I have been there these past couple of years. The staff are also quite professional and courteous.

                    At Green Chili, Gomes asked me if there were many Indians in the area. How did he select that location, without answering that question first?!

                    Our Dahi Puri and Bhel Puri looked great... until we took our first bites.

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                    Rasoi Restaurant
                    855 Worcester Rd Ste 24, Framingham, MA 01701

                    1. re: vickoo

                      well i guess he didn't do his homework. it was decent when it was new, perhaps he's struggling. he's a nice guy.

                      what do you get at Hot Breads?

                      1. re: tatsu

                        Here is the online menu for Hot Breads:

                        http://woburnhotbreads.com/menu.html

                        Their main location is in Woburn, but the Framingham location is just west of the merge between Rte 9 and Cochituate Road. I have ordered birthday cakes from them for my daughter two years in a row, and they are fantastic too. Hit of the party, for sure.

                        Some of their chaat items are better than others, but there are no other locations in the region for this type of snacks.

                        1. re: vickoo

                          I'm intrigued, I will try Hot Breads. I just chatted with my Kashmiri friend, he was meh about it, but I'm sure I'll find something I like. Thanks for the tips.

                  2. re: vickoo

                    Excellent, the Hot Breads rec in particular. I had lunch at Kebab Factory today in Somerville and was pleasantly surprised. Will probably post about it separately.

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                    The Kebab Factory
                    414 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

                    1. re: StriperGuy

                      Love me some Kebab Factory. I'll be interested to read about the buffet, as I've only been there for din.

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                      The Kebab Factory
                      414 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

                      1. re: StriperGuy

                        yech hot breads for all their 'puff pastry' . NOT.

                        1. re: opinionatedchef

                          Yeah, I thought Hot Breads was pretty bad. The fillings were really skimpy, too.

                          I'm talking about the one in Framingham, at least - I've eaten at a Hot Breads location in Kathmandu AND one in Detroit, and it was a totally different experience, i.e., delicious.

                          1. re: opinionatedchef

                            stripes, i'm referring to the woburn one. i highly doubt you would find anything there of worth. at least i sure hope not!

                2. Just saw your post...I'm very close and need to check it out. thanks for the rec

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                  1. re: globalevent

                    Went to Green Chili and was underwhelmed. Lamb dosa was best of the things I tried but filling was on the puny side. OT why are portions at Indian restaurants always on the small side?

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                    Green Chili
                    1 Nicholas Rd unit 49, Framingham, MA 01701

                    1. re: globalevent

                      Hate when I get small portions of bad food.

                      I keeed. But based on tatsu's pix above, the dosa doesn't seem like a particularly puny portion to my eye.

                      1. re: Nab

                        Whoops, sorry, you said filling. Not having seen nor had the lamb dosa in question, I will say that dosa fillings, particularly should they be meat, tend not to resemble the college kid burrito.