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sdrey Sep 10, 2011 11:24 AM

Okay, after getting worthless drivel posing this same question in Yelp, I turn to Chowhound. What is everybody's favorite Indian food spot?

  1. Gypsy Jan Jan 3, 2012 02:57 PM

    Not to add fuel to the fire of the discussion, but to transfer a topic from the CH Los Angeles board, "Where to Find Vada Pav?"

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/826262

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      ipsit Jan 5, 2012 07:39 PM

      Surati Farsan Mart has it on the menu - theirs is just about OK. The vada is passable, but the real issue is that they use regular buns for the bread, when it should really be crusty square loaves (kinda like the White Castle buns, but crusty, not soft)

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      casadetulum Jan 1, 2012 10:05 PM

      This is a late reply but I don't see Himalayan Restaurant in La Mesa mentioned. Many more than decent offerings. My only comparisons are Vj's in Vancouver and of course the many tasty ones in London. Bombay Cafe in LA used to be great.

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        ipsit Jan 1, 2012 10:42 PM

        Could you elaborate on the dishes that you found comparable to Vij's, or the Indian restaurants in London? My only experience with this place has been takeout, and it did nothing to inspire an eat-in. The menu is nothing like what Vij's serves, but then any reason to reconsider my original opinion would be welcome.

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        ipsit Sep 13, 2011 03:05 PM

        Punjabi Tandoor and Surati Farsan Mart remain the best options. The Copper Chimney restaurant can be wildly inconsistent. Curry and More in San Marcos is also pretty decent, though quite outof the way.
        If you like watered down, dumbed down, generally overpriced and unpleasant Indian food, then Bombay, Monsoon, Banana Leaf, India Gourmet or any of the other Indian places in Hillcrest or Downtown will do.
        Bawarchi has a decent biryani but almost everything else is bad. India Princess, India Palace and Delhi Kitchen are less than average.
        The best Indian food in the region is in Artesia - about a 60-90 minute drive away (Rajdhani is the pick of the lot up there)

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          pantani Sep 14, 2011 05:48 PM

          I usually go to Indian Tandoor on Mira Mesa Blvd since is close to work.

          The food there is ok, but like many indian places you get a lot of gravy and not much vegetables.

          The chicken dishes are pretty good as well.

          Been to Punjabi a few times. They give a large amount of food and it is tasty but overdosed on the cream and I feel really bloated after eating there.

          Surati Farsan Mart is great and Madras Cafe in the same complex good. The food at Madras is southern indian and lighter. Like their lunch buffet. Have not been there in ages so I hope its still good.

          I live in Encinitas and we have KC Tandoor which is also pretty good.

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            RB Hound Sep 15, 2011 10:59 AM

            It has been discussed before, but I'll ask again: why don't we have "better" Indian restaurants in San Diego? There is a relatively decent number of well-paid people of Indian descent in this community (cough...Qualcomm...cough), as well as quite a few non-Indians that appreciate good Indian cuisine.

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              ipsit Sep 15, 2011 12:15 PM

              Excellent question with no clear answer. There's probably industry-related reasons, but at the risk of unfair stereotyping, I think some of it has to do with a preference for a certain type of food (greasy, spicy, rich, elaborate), that one is unlikely to cook at home. This can often segue into use of cheap ingredients, overcooking and masking bad quality with heavy spice...and I think is what frequently happens. In a properly made curry, the spices should dance on, not assault your palate (i.e. you should be able to tell exactly what spices are in there, because you can taste them all). Pre-blended and powdered spices are to be frowned upon and every masala should be toasted, blended and ground daily. Could all this be too much effort to put into a restaurant kitchen? The existence and survival of places like Kaito, Super Cocina and Ba Ren suggest that no, it is not!
              Somehow, the idea of home-style cooking in restaurants or refined Indian or even Indian-influenced cooking hasn't caught on. Floyd Cardoz - arguably the best known Indian chef in America does not cook Indian or Indian-influenced food anymore. The arguably best "upscale" Indian restaurant in North America may be in Vancouver (Vij's) and is often dismissed by Indians as being "for non-Indians".
              Ultimately, there seems to be a trend of "if excellence is not available, mediocrity will do". That being said, it may be just a matter of someone taking a chance on consistently good, quality and recipe-focused Indian food, introducing regional or ethnic specialties and not compromising on authenticity/flavor and there is likely to be an audience for it.
              Oh well...

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                RB Hound Sep 15, 2011 12:33 PM

                That's a good answer to the question in general, but I was shooting more for the "why does San Diego have inferior restaurants to Artesia" angle.

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                  ipsit Sep 15, 2011 12:45 PM

                  A lot of the generalities above apply, but some of it may have to do with the young well-heeled Indian community in SD that you speak of, being relatively new. Qualcomm has exploded in the past 5-8 years, and longer-tenured people speak of how the Indian community pre-Qualcomm was considerably smaller. LA, by contrast has an older, bigger, more consolidated community and the Artesia strip reflects that. We've seen some of the older, less adequate Indian restaurants (India Princess) sink recently, and maybe that is a sign of changes afoot?

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                    pine time Sep 17, 2011 09:26 AM

                    We considered opening a quick foods shop, specializing in samosas (veg and non veg) and various chutneys. However, the friends who tried the authentic home-style flavored ones compared 'em to the current restaurant ones (dang near Crescent rolls with a dab of ground beef) and thought ours had "too many spices." Gave up.

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              Encinitan Sep 12, 2011 11:26 AM

              It would be helpful if a knowledgeable Chowhound explained the similarities and differences between northern, southern, and Hyderabadi cuisines.

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                karaethon Sep 12, 2011 01:24 PM

                I wouldn't call myself knowledgeable on Indian cuisine, but for a cliffs notes:

                Northern (Punjabi) is what you normally associate as "Indian" with the buttery curries, tandoori grill, and naan.
                Southern (Chennai) is mostly vegetarian based with lentils, okra, spinach, and the main staple is Roti (a healthier wheat based naan). Surati Farsan specializes more in "snack food" which is why you find the dosa.
                Hyderabadi (Hyderabad) specializes in biryani.

                There's actually a lot more different types of Indian cuisine more than just those categorizations as well....

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                  shouzen Sep 12, 2011 05:21 PM

                  A helpful primer on Hyderabadi cuisine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyderaba...

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                    Encinitan Sep 12, 2011 05:22 PM

                    Thanks karaethon. Nice clear short answer.

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                      ipsit Sep 13, 2011 03:21 PM

                      To divide Indian food into simply Northern, Southern and Hyderabadi would be akin to classifying Mexican into Coastal and Interior and Oaxacan, or Chinese into Sichuan, Southern and Western (substitute any region for any other).

                      Truth is, India has 28 states, EACH with its own cuisine and several regional cuisines within each state. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority are not represented in restaurants in North America - though Canada has a better Indian cuisine scene than the US.

                      Wikipedia is a better source for information on each regional cuisine, but some broad brushstrokes:
                      North Indian: usually spans Punjabi, Mughlai, Bihari, Lucknowi, and sometimes Kashmiri cuisine. Wheat (naan/roti/parathas) are the staple. Curries tend to be richer and more buttery. The tandoor is used commonly for baking breads as well as kebabs. The cuisine has influenced and been influenced by both Persian and Afghan cuisines historically.

                      South Indian: includes Tamil, Andhra, Kannada and Kerala cuisine. Rice is the staple. Most restaurants serve the casual version of this - idlis, dosas, vadas etc, though the cuisine is based on less rich, but hotter and mroe complexly spiced curries. The food is heavier on vegetables and lentils, though meat is common, especially in Andhra and Kerala cuisine. South Indian influences can be noted in the cuisines of Burma, Sri Lanka and even Thailand.

                      Hyderabadi: though Hyderabad is in the South, it was ruled by a Muslim nawab and so the cuisine blends influences from the north. The biryani is famous though by no means indigenous.

                      Western Indian cuisine: includes Gujarati, Maharashtrian, Goan and Rajasthani food: rice and bread are both staples. Gujarati and Rajasthani tend to be sweeter and snacks (farsan) is common. The others are spicier. Seafood is a major component. Goa was a Portuguese colony and there are some Portuguese influences in the cuisine.

                      Eastern Cuisine: Mainly Bengali food - again, heavy on seafood and rice based. The sweets are divine.

                      North Eastern cuisine: Heavy on Tibetan and Chinese influences. Indian Chinese cuisine was born here (and perfected in Calcutta), though it is now found everywhere.

                      Indian street food is its own category and dfies the regional generalizations, though most places have a street food specialty. Pav Bhaji and Bhel is best in Mumbai. Delhi does chaat well. In Chennai the dosa is king. Calcutta does chaat as well (Bengali style). Nearly every city or town has a signature street food.

                      I could go on and on, but to continue the allegory at the top of the post, it would be like trying to summarize Mexican or Chinese cuisine - more a topic for a book than a CH post.

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                        daantaat Sep 13, 2011 09:08 PM

                        hi ipsit, was waiting for you to chime in! :-)

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                          pine time Sep 14, 2011 03:32 PM

                          Great summary, ipsit. Can we add Parsi, especially Mumbai versions. Altho' Parsis eat all the specialities you mentioned, there are some excellent dishes of their own (minus akuri, which I can't stand!)

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                            ipsit Sep 15, 2011 10:44 AM

                            I'm a fan of Parsi food - a great example of a regional subspecialty cuisine, that is virtually impossible to find outside of Mumbai, Pune and Surat. It think it also represents all the factors that lead to the development of a regional cuisine - a small, tightly knit immigrant community, invested in their sociocultural heritage that is reflected in what they eat and eventually becomes its own cuisine.

                            I think also, that of all the great cuisines, Indian may be disproportionately influenced by religion. During my last visit to Gujarat, I counted 3 different menus in the same restaurant - one for Jains, one for Swaminarayanites and one for everyone else (vegetarian, of course). Even McDonalds (please don't hurt me for typing the name) had to develop a menu with no beef (in deference to Hinduism) or pork (in deference to Islam), and instead create a Maharaja Mac, made from lamb, before they could open.

                            ...and now Im craving Dhansak!

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                              pine time Sep 15, 2011 11:20 AM

                              Mr Pine is from Bangalore, and there's a small but active Parsi community there. Potlucks are always an interesting combo of European, other Indian (you're right, food is as much about religious differences as regional ones), and Parsi. This weekend, it's dhansak on Saturday and biryani on Sunday at the Pine household (and idlis for breakfast).

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                                ipsit Sep 15, 2011 11:30 AM

                                ...and how does one snag an invitation to the pine household? :)

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                                  daantaat Sep 15, 2011 09:49 PM

                                  can we come too? :-)

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                                    pine time Sep 17, 2011 09:21 AM

                                    Love cooking for others, but once invited the boss for an authentic Indian meal. She was okay until dessert, but took one bite of a rasgulla, and said "this squeaks" in a muffled-I-don't-want-to-swallow-this way. Left that job. If you don't like rasgullas (or especially rasmalli), sumpins wrong! (and, for the record, my rasgullas are terrific!)

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                                daantaat Sep 15, 2011 09:49 PM

                                how does the Maharaja Mac taste?

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                                  ipsit Sep 16, 2011 08:06 AM

                                  never tried it, but those who have say its not too different from a Big Mac. I suppose all meats become the same after a certain level of processing.
                                  You CAN however, ask for a McTamarind sauce or McChutney to go with it (or used to anyway - I haven't kept track of the latest in the McDonalds menu!)

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                          daantaat Sep 11, 2011 08:02 PM

                          Punjabi Tandoor
                          Surati Farsan Mart for chaat and Southern Indian
                          Copper Chimney for Hyderabadi

                          Bombay and India Princess are both pretty foul. I can cook better than they can...

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                          Surati Farsan Mart
                          9494 Black Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92126

                          Punjabi Tandoor
                          9235 Activity Rd, San Diego, CA

                          India Princess Restaurant
                          9494 Black Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92126

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                            ChefRoux Sep 11, 2011 01:22 PM

                            Punjabi Tandoor rocks!!

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                            Punjabi Tandoor
                            9235 Activity Rd, San Diego, CA

                            1. scottca075 Sep 11, 2011 08:50 AM

                              It depends on where you live and how far you want to travel. India Palace in Hillcrest is pretty good, Bombay is better than mediocre and its sister restaurant Banana Leaf is okay for South Indian, but Punjabi Tandoor is the best I've found and Surati isn't far behind.

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                              Punjabi Tandoor
                              9235 Activity Rd, San Diego, CA

                              India Palace
                              696 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

                              1. Josh Sep 10, 2011 04:56 PM

                                For North Indian dishes, Punjabi Tandoor on Activity Rd. can't be beat.

                                For South Indian, I like Surati Farsan Mart a lot. They're on Black Mountain Rd.

                                Royal India downtown is a sad, overpriced joke. Bombay in Hillcrest is mediocre, and also overpriced.

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                                Surati Farsan Mart
                                9494 Black Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92126

                                Punjabi Tandoor
                                9235 Activity Rd, San Diego, CA

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                                  zom_b Sep 10, 2011 06:18 PM

                                  Am I ordering the wrong thing at Punjabi Tandoor? I've ordered the lamb vindaloo, chana masala, and the bengan bhartha, and they were all very disappointing. They always seemed under spiced and not enough heat for my liking.

                                  I second the rest of your remarks. Surati Farsan Mart is pretty good, and all the indian places downtown are complete jokes. I'll also add that Delhi Kitchen on Carmel Mountain Rd makes some good north Indian cuisine, especially if you stick to the vegetarian dishes.

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                                  Surati Farsan Mart
                                  9494 Black Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92126

                                  Punjabi Tandoor
                                  9235 Activity Rd, San Diego, CA

                                  Delhi Kitchen
                                  11975 Carmel Mountain Rd Ste 603, San Diego, CA 92128

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                                    Josh Sep 12, 2011 03:16 PM

                                    Have you tried telling them you like it spicy?

                                    If you're a westerner I've noticed that Punjabi Tandoor will dial down the spiciness, unless you make a point to ask for your food spicy.

                                    I'd also add that while I think it's the best we have of North Indian cuisine, that only illustrates how poor our choices are for North Indian cuisine. I've certainly had better North Indian food in other cities, like San Francisco.

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                                    Punjabi Tandoor
                                    9235 Activity Rd, San Diego, CA

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                                      Fake Name Sep 12, 2011 04:38 PM

                                      or Berlin, right?

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                                        Josh Sep 12, 2011 05:04 PM

                                        Obviously.

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                                      churroe Jan 5, 2012 04:42 PM

                                      i agree. punjabi tandoor was a major letdown for me. rode my scooter 45 minutes on a cold night for some vindaloo and was severely let down by the entire meal. not that cheap, either?

                                      i do like surati but again, it doesn't give me that "to die for, oh shit i ate too much" level of satisfaction. unfortunately, i'm just going to have to write off indian food as long as i live in sd.

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                                        honkman Jan 5, 2012 05:48 PM

                                        what didn't you like at PT ? For us it is the only place in SD which somehow compares to places we lived before with a large Indian population and numerous good Indian restaurants. Their menu might be limited but what they do is quite good and is in general well balanced

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                                          ipsit Jan 5, 2012 06:55 PM

                                          PT can be inconsistent, depending on who is behind the stove on any given evening - but heat has never been an issue there. In fact we've complained that sometimes they dial up the heat for absolutely no reason...it adds nothing to the essential flavor of a dish.

                                          Are there any Indian places outside of SD that you rate as adequately satisfying - just curious. It is no secret Indian food is not among the strengths of the SD food scene, but there are places that fall in the 'highly adequate' range, even if they are not outstanding.

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                                            churroe Jan 5, 2012 07:19 PM

                                            i had the chicken vindaloo and spinach paneer thing. i usually like my food super duper spicy and when i order it that way (at other places) it usually still retains (or ampilfies in flavor).

                                            i ordered it super spicy here and it was all heat. i'm not authority on what's authentic, but i just moved here from san francisco and still haven't found anything as awesome as LAHORE KARAHI

                                            http://www.yelp.com/biz/lahore-karahi...

                                            not sure what's more authentic, but lahore karahi is like you're straight up eating in the dude's kitchen. i've also lived in detroit and la, where there were more options.

                                            maybe there's just not enough south asians (or indian restaurants) to keep the food honest? either way, i'm thankful for the mexican food and santouka here, both of which i really love. that's about all i can say.

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                                              RB Hound Jan 6, 2012 10:35 AM

                                              "maybe there's just not enough south asians (or indian restaurants) to keep the food honest?"

                                              I have a hard time believing the "enough south asians" part. Between Qualcomm and UCSD, I think that is covered.

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                                                churroe Jan 6, 2012 10:48 AM

                                                sorry, i'm still new to the city, so i was only speculating. so where do they all go out then?
                                                where are they all eating at?

                                                maybe the indian isn't good here so they just cook at home? given price, food and everything, i give pt a 4 at best. it works, but i'll never crave it and don't get excited at the thought of eating there. i did enjoy sfm a lot, but again i just didn't get a boner over it.

                                                if there's anywhere else i should try, please let me know. i'm getting desperate.

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                                                  phee Jan 6, 2012 11:38 AM

                                                  I work with many Indians, both here in SD and LA. The majority of them do cook at home and bring lunch from home, especially if they're new to the U.S. Most are vegetarians, and often unsure/wary of how restaurants prepare their food.

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                                              churroe Jan 5, 2012 07:22 PM

                                              photos attached. won't say which dish belongs to which restaurant, but one looks better (more flavorful, complex) than the other.

                                               
                                               
                                        2. re: Josh
                                          SaltyRaisins Jan 2, 2012 06:49 PM

                                          Not sure I'm all that into the Surati brand of farsan anymore: last time I went, their idlis were rock-hard and vapid, their coconut chutney was bland, the consommé was saltwateresque, the dosa was borderline cardboard, and the place was pretty dirty (and I'm aware that they were t-boned by a car- still, it was pretty bad). The prices were fair, though. Makes me pine for our own version of Vik Trading in Berkeley.

                                          What do you like to order?

                                          Cheers.

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                                            Josh Jan 2, 2012 10:53 PM

                                            Sad to hear that. It's been a few months since my last visit.

                                            I've enjoyed the chole and ragda samosas, mysore masala dosa, khandvi, petish, dehli chaat. Hope they're not in decline, that will leave me with no viable Indian food options in town.

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                                              karaethon Jan 3, 2012 11:30 AM

                                              Did they re-open after that car drove through the store yet?

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                                                SaltyRaisins Jan 3, 2012 03:36 PM

                                                I think they were open the next day. They are certainly open now.

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                                                  daantaat Jan 3, 2012 09:37 PM

                                                  we were there the weekend after the accident and didn't find the food to have declined in quality. maybe we were lucky with what we ordered? Had the dry potato curry, shrikand puri, sev puri, 3 dosas (chutneys were fine). Place was clean, although some of the overhead lights seemed dim, probably b/c of the accident.

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                                                    SaltyRaisins Jan 3, 2012 10:34 PM

                                                    Sounds like I hit them on a weak day. Hope so.

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                                                      Josh Jan 3, 2012 11:37 PM

                                                      Definitely better on the weekend.

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                                                ipsit Jan 4, 2012 08:02 AM

                                                The dosas, idlis, chutneys and sambar are generally a weakness for SFM - maybe you just ordered from the weaker part of their menu.
                                                I was there last week, and did not notice any drop in quality in their chaat or Gujarati dishes.
                                                Some of the windows are still boarded, but other than that, there was no sign of the damage.
                                                Rumor has it that the driver of the car swerved away from the kitchen and the main counter, to avoid hitting the food, and only knocked over some tables and such. If that is true, it was an incredible presence of mind, considering that they had just driven straight into a restaurant!

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                                                  SaltyRaisins Jan 4, 2012 09:39 AM

                                                  Ipsit and Josh (and anybody else)-

                                                  I didn't order pani puri last time, and I love eating them- more chaat and less larger items perhaps?

                                                  Set me up a nice lunch menu, and I'll follow your suggestions. What would make a nice meal for two?

                                                  Thanks!

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                                                    Josh Jan 4, 2012 10:19 AM

                                                    My wife and I will typically split an order of the ragda samosa, delhi chaat or pani puri, and then either the khandvi (available weekends only and awesome), the petish, or a mysore masala dosa.

                                                    Some of the sweets are good too. I like the penda (they look kind of like yellow flowers), and the magaj (light brown squares w/ cardamom seeds on top).

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                                                      SaltyRaisins Jan 4, 2012 02:08 PM

                                                      Thanks. I'll plan a weekend visit. What is kahndvi?

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                                                        Josh Jan 4, 2012 03:00 PM

                                                        It's in the case up front with the snack items. It's chickpea flour that's made into a kind of pasta-like consistency, steamed I think, then rolled up and sliced. It's topped with mustard seeds, cilantro, shredded coconut, and the green chutney. It's served at room temp.

                                                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqAYA9...

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                                                    ipsit Jan 4, 2012 03:54 PM

                                                    We usually get 3 plates and share them all. Sev Khamni/Khandvi (when available), Ragda Samosa/Chole Puri and Delhi Chaat/Dahi Batata Puri in some combination is our standard order. Essentially - one cold chaat, one hot chaat and one farsan. We avoid everything south Indian.

                                                    I like the chaash and rose lassi to wash the food down. As for the sweets, we stick to the ones made from nuts and dry fruits. rather than milk - they use powdered milk, which gives all their sweets a somewhat powdery texture that I don't like. Magaj is made from roasted chickpea flour, butter and sugar. It is one of my favorite sweets per se but I've never tried theirs. I get a steady supply mailed from India, homemade by my mom. With due respect to the good folks at SFM, I doubt theirs will beat it.

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                                                      Josh Jan 4, 2012 04:15 PM

                                                      I'm jealous of that homemade magaj. I love that stuff. Easily my favorite sweet they have there.

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                                                        SaltyRaisins Jan 4, 2012 08:13 PM

                                                        Thanks guys- I really appreciate the details. I'll get back to you.

                                                        Cheers!

                                                  3. re: SaltyRaisins
                                                    kare_raisu Jan 5, 2012 09:35 AM

                                                    Vik's sucks so bad. I've tried them three times and every time they disappoint.
                                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/696772
                                                    An emperor with no clothes.

                                                    I don't think that dosa and idlis are what they do well at Surati Farsan either. Its fore-mostly a gujarati snack shop.

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                                                      SaltyRaisins Jan 5, 2012 09:52 AM

                                                      Very well. I used to go to Vik when it was still grandmothers cooking (and I'm not embellishing with nostalgic rose-tinted lenses here) in the back of a grocery, and it certainly had it's day: the food I ate there for many years of visits was not even close to the problematic food you described. Yes, it did become a bit more industrialized when they expanded. Maybe I should have said "Makes me miss the OLD Vik Trading Company," but the Vik I remember is not deserving of the bombastic skewering you gave the place. My pride and ego aside, my last visit to Surati was not much better that your description of Vik these days, but apparently I was foolish enough to order one of their dhosas. I'll just order snacks from now on, then.

                                                      Balls!

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                                                        kare_raisu Jan 5, 2012 10:27 AM

                                                        My 'skewering' i felt was deserved and I hardly ever skewer. I went to the old Viks the two times previous when I lived up there. It was hyped and still mediocre - Ill take Surati any day over that place. Trust me I wanted to like it - I saw the check please, bay area episode of it and drooled before i went thats why I went back 2 more times to make sure I wasn't tripping.

                                                        I like that you Saltyraisins called the posting bombastic though.

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