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Indian restaurant in Mountain View

bellatrx Jul 22, 2010 04:39 PM

A sleuthing puzzle for those of you familiar with South Bay Indian restaurants...

Back when I lived on the peninsula, I had a favorite Indian restaurant I liked to frequent. It was right on El Camino, on the south side of the street, tucked into the southeast corner of a nondescript strip mall. I believe it was only a few blocks east of Castro Street, though I could be slightly mistaken. Most defining feature: strangely colored lights that gave the whole restaurant a kind of surreal greenish tint.

I'm coming back into town for a few days and would love to go back. Does anyone know the name of this place?

Thanks so much!

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    rotiprata RE: bellatrx Jul 22, 2010 05:06 PM

    Chaat Paradise?

    Chaat Paradise
    165 E El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040

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      divisortheory RE: bellatrx Jul 22, 2010 05:07 PM

      There's Amber Cafe right there, although it's not on the south side and doesn't fit your description of being in nondescript strip mall.

      A few miles up El Camino in Redwood City (although also probably not what you're talking about even though it is on the south side of the street) is Suraj, which I ate at the other day and found to be extraordinarily good. Especially the spicy chicken soup and the Chicken Masala (*not* the Chicken Tikka Masala). The heat level was high, flavors were very good, and overall i was really caught off guard, I expected it to be somewhat average.

      Tikka Masala
      1668 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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        jsaimd RE: bellatrx Jul 22, 2010 05:31 PM

        Sounds like Amber India (not Cafe)

        Amber India
        Mission and Fourth, San Francisco, CA

        1. bbulkow RE: bellatrx Jul 22, 2010 09:44 PM

          I would have to guess Amber India too, even though that's on the north side of the street. It's tucked back into a corner and quite good. The lighting is a little dim but I wouldn't call it 'colored'. If it is Amber, There's Sf version now.

          Amber India
          Mission and Fourth, San Francisco, CA

          1. Cicely RE: bellatrx Jul 28, 2010 07:50 PM

            Only place in MV on the south side of Camino that comes to mind is the restaurant at Namaste Plaza. It recently changed names and I can't remember the new or old name right now. It's related to the supermarket next door. Don't remember any green lighting.

            Namaste Cafe
            1390 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954

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