Planning a Food Pilgrimage to Fremont tomorrow: Chaat, Indian Sweets, and more...
I'm looking for some suggestions in Fremont for delicious Indian (north, south, chaat, sweets).
We're already planning to stop at:
Dana Bazaar/ Chat Patta Corner
Taste of India Sweets
Lovely Sweets and Snacks
Any other suggestions?
Chat Patta Corner
34751 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont, CA 94555
Taste of India
5144 Mowry Ave, Fremont, CA 94538
re: Melanie Wong
Finally getting around to reporting back...sorry it took so long, but I wanted to add some recent adventures.
Truth be told, we're pathetic crawlers, as we always eat too much at the first place and then the rest ends up being slightly painful.
We started out at Chatpatta Corner, got there at 11:00am only to find they didn't open until 11:30. We drove over to Chaat Bhavan (feeling famished) and ordered the following:
Chili pakoras, dahi papdi chaat, dahi pateta sev poori, pav bhaji (although I can't find this on the menu), methi paratha, and multiple cups of chai.
The chili pakora was okay-- besan batter was nice and crisp, but the chilis were very mild and we would have liked a little more chaat masala on top. I liked the chaat with yogurt, my husband did not. The buns in the pav bhaji were buttery perfection, but the real star was the methi paratha-- flavorful, flaky and delicious with a very fresh fenugreek flavor. We'd definitely go back. It was quite crowded and service was good.
Next we headed over to Dana Bazaar to do some grocery shopping and get some Pani Puri at the little Chatpatta Corner there, but it was closed as the owners had headed back to India for a family funeral. It should be open again by now. I got a big box of PG Tips tea for my English friend for only $4.99.
Next we headed to a new chaat/sweet shop that was fine but not memorable. We only had sweets but I wasn't blown away-- everything was a little grainy rather than creamy. Then we went to the other Chatpatta corner for pani puri, which was tasty, but not amazing.
Today we were down in the peninsula and we stopped at Chaat Paradise in Mountain View, and oh boy, was it delicious.
We had sev puri which was wonderfully tangy with a perfect amount of raw onions. It was our favorite of any chaat we've had in the Bay Area. We also had delicious mixed veg pakoras, that reminded us a little bit of well-spiced potato latkes. The tamarind and coriander chutneys were both excellent. We also had a mediocre methi paratha, which was flat and didn't have any distinct layers (disappointingly UN-flaky) and didn't have much methi taste. We also liked the tea. It was bustling at 2pm and the service was fairly accommodating, although we had a hard time flagging anywhere for more water.
There's also a new chaat place in San Rafael, owned by the same folks who own Lotus. Granted we only went there once (on opening night!), but we weren't terribly impressed, although we'll certainly give it another chance since it's so close to us. We thought the samosas had too much coriander powder in them and the dosa was a little soggy, but I liked the paratha I had (although it probably had a tablespoon of butter mounded on top).
While I'm talking chaat, I've recently discovered the sandesh (or shondesh, a paneer sweet) at Vik's and I'm hooked. It's great with a cup of tea and reminds me of the sandesh I had at my favorite Bengali sweet shop when I spent the year in Darjeeling. Looking forward to much more chaat exploration!
165 E El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040
5355 Mowry Ave, Fremont, CA 94538
I think Lovely Sweets is better than Taste of India for sweets, but would love to hear your opinion (rasamalai, habshi halwa).
Haven't been but read about it here before sometime ago...Mirchi Cafe
If you're looking for non-veg as well, then I recommend Shalimar.