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Nov 17, 2011 03:50 PM

Sobbit Goa (Indian-Goan, Santa Rosa)

I intended to have lunch today at Himalayan Kabob and Curry House in Santa Rosa, but it has been replaced by Sobbit Goa. So of course I went in. Their big thng seemed to be the buffet so that's what I had. I'll say that every item I had (I think I had everything but the rice and green salad) was very good, and made even better by the excellent condiments including their "mixed pickles" that added a good level of heat with every bite. The word seems to be out, since the place was about three fourths full most of the time I was there. Definitely worth checking out for yourself.


Sobbit Goa
2484 W 3rd St (at Fulton), Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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  1. You're on quite a roll, Mick! Can't wait to try it, the menu has quite a few Goan specialties.

    I believe the Himalayan restaurants in Windsor and Sebastopol are still around.

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      1. re: shanghaikid

        Malcolm reported that Himalayan in Petaluma is now Kumari's.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          a new face popped up in windsor, guess that was him. looked familiar.

          1. re: shanghaikid

            Have you checked out the Windsor place yet?

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              i've been in there a few times but never had time to eat. they didn't seem busy, but it was 2ish then. decor looks comfy and well spaced. not sure if any decor was a carryover from the vietnamese place that vacated the premised before them.

    1. Sunday night I stopped by for dinner on the way home from Sebastopol. I’m glad I remembered that you’d said the cross street is Fulton Road, as Google’s GPS misdirects.

      I was there on the early side with only two other parties seated and had a chance to chat a bit with my server. He said that the restaurant opened six months ago and business has been building, especially for the lunch buffet, even in this difficult location. Three partners are from Goa, plus one partner’s Mexican wife. He brightened when I mentioned that I’d been to Viva Goa in San Francisco a few times and said that the team there were very good friends. They’ve all worked in restaurants before but this is their first venture in an ownership role.

      A complimentary papadam served with two chutneys: tamarind and mint were first served, along with the cup of hot chai I’d ordered on this chilly night. The chai was on the mild side but I did appreciate the refills. I especially liked the mint chutney, more chile heat and snappy vinegar than typical around here.

      For my entrée, Fish Ambot Tikk, $13.25 - Goan spicy and sour curry, made with cubes of cod. When asked for the level of vinegar and spice, I asked my server to order it that way he would prefer to eat it. The fish turned out a bit overcooked and the sauce could use more tamarind juice. The red sauce was nose-runningly hot, but that heat was a monotone and not paired with extra capsicum flavor. Served with brown or basmati rice, I opted for the basmati, which was fragrant and cooked firm.

      I also ordered naan, $1.95. While nicely scorched in the tandoor, the leavened flatbread did not puff up much and was underbaked and doughy in the center. I had asked that the naan not be sliced, but I guess the kitchen couldn’t help itself and cut it two-thirds of the way down the middle. I had inquired about the gluten-free naan, $2.95, but was advised that unless I really had to avoid wheat, I’d be happier with the regular version.

      For dessert, housemade Pistachio kulfi, $3.35. Nice flavor and density but seemed stale or maybe had too much exposure to air and picked up freezer burn and taste.

      This all probably sounds more negative than it really is, since I do plan to return before too long. I’m happy that we have a reasonably priced place that’s trying something different than the North Indian standard. Sobbit Goa has four kinds of fish curries on the menu and uses locally grown produce. The ambot tikk didn’t hit the sweet spot for me, maybe another will. Hope to hear more reports.

      Lastly, here’s the sign by the door promoting a free dinner buffet on November 23 (tonight), Thanksgiving Eve. Closed on Thanksgiving Day.

      Sobbit Goa
      2484 W 3rd St (at Fulton), Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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        1. Sobbit Goa's been closed for a few months. noticed construction recently. no signs of what is moving in.