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best authentic indian food in the bay area?

I am an indian and a foodie and one of the things most anticiapted things about me recent move to the Bay Area is eating excellent authentic indian food, and with luck, better than I can make at home!!

Am off to a good start with hole-in-the-wall ruled by paratha-nazi (a-la soup nazi):

Rajjot Sweet and Snacks

1234 S Wolfe Rd
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

(408) 730-5510

Awesome parathas (stuffed whole-wheat tortilla-like bread) - the radish/mooli and methi/fenugreek were very very good, the aloo/potato and gobhi/cauliflower were a little underseasoned.

Any other suggestions?

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  1. Vic's in Berkeley.

    2390 4th St. Get off at University, head toward the hills, turn right at 6th... right on Channing.

    Chaat. Yum.

    Lots of South Bay license plates on Saturday afternoons...

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    1. re: hobanny

      Vik's is fine. But for chaat, Chat Patta Corner in Fremont is superior.

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      Chat Patta Corner
      34751 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont, CA 94555

      Dana Bazar
      5113 Mowry Ave, Fremont, CA 94538

    2. I'm a big fan of Ajanta in Berkeley. Lachu does regional dishes and rotates the menu so there are always new things to try. The tandoor portobello mushrooms are excellent

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      Ajanta Restaurant
      1888 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

      1. Let us know what you discover, foopenn, favorably and otherwise.

        1. Also in Berkeley, Priya doesn't seem to tailor their cooking to Western tastes as much as others. There are many dishes that I haven't seen anywhere else, and their spicing is assertive and complex.

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          Priya Indian Cuisine
          2072 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

          1. You're getting a lot of east bay responses, but I've eaten at Vik's and Ajanta, and starting closer to home will give lots of great food without the 40 minute drive. The level of indian in Sunnyvale is generally superior, and I welcome another contributor in this area - I look forward to your posts, and will give Rajjot a try. There are some longer posts on the issue, pointing out Madura and SV and such.

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            Ajanta Restaurant
            1888 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707

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            1. re: bbulkow

              I agree. I eat in the east bay but find that when I do eat in the south bay the food is much better. Ajanta was too me very "saucy" and not as piquant as some of the places I've tried in Fremont area.

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              Ajanta Restaurant
              1888 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707