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Home style northern Indian food in San Jose/South bay

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I adore curry and when go back to the motherland (the UK) I eat as much of it as possible. Now I'm in the South bay area and desperate for some good curry houses. I prefer northern Indian/Bangladesh/Pakistani food and I'm vegetarian so a good range of veggie dishes is a must. Love the Bhindi Bharjee, Brinjal Bhargee, Saag aloo and daal and the must have naan and poppadums.

Can anyone shoot me some recommendations please?

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  1. I don't know many since I always go to Naan n Masala in Milpitas (it's close to my parent's place). Their service is great, and always have delicious samosas and naan. I would recommend it for dinner.

    Here is the menu:
    http://www.naannmasala.com/menu.html

    1. There was a thread a bit ago from a UK-er looking for UK style curries ---- they don't really exist here. You won't find Phaal on any menus. There are a few Pakistani places, checkout the menu at Shalimar and see if it fits what you're looking for, if so, there are a couple more to recommend.

      Naan n Masala doesn't have poppadums. Many of these places don't have beer, either --- specify whether you require that.

      1. Yes, the husband likes his curry n beer. I wouldn't eat a phaal anyway. I stop at dupiaza heat!

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        1. re: Sayurijg

          I stop right around a Bradford Vindaloo.

          I will honestly say there isn't anything like those places in the south bay, and not in the rest of the bay area either. I say that having eaten over 20 different chicken 65 dishes in the course of a couple of weeks through the south bay.

          You should just do something different, like Arka (best beer + indian, upscale, but the indian is only OK; Mantra - good cocktails and indian, fun place; or go to Martin's West, or Sakoon. I almost like Mayuri for this - they have big tubs of beer and a good pan-north-indian, but it's a converted diner and not very festive.

          1. re: bbulkow

            Surely a body who's taste-tested that much Chicken 65 has something to say in this thread,
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/856748

        2. Where are you? There are tons of great places in the South Bay. Of the places that serve beer, Amber India in Mountain View is the king of the higher end. Artisan The Menu in Mountain View is fine as well for the higher end, with a nice draft beer selection. Taste Buds in Sunnyvale is great for someplace less expensive. All three of these places cover many regions, north and south, with excellent vegetarian selections.

          Many of the more Pakistani specialists like Shah and Shalimar don't serve alcohol, though. We don't have Bangladeshi restaurants here, unfortunately.

          If you let us know where you are we can give you more targeted recommendations.

          Michael

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          1. re: mdg

            Amber is good, but you describe it well as "higher" end --- not actually high end.

            Tumeric is another example. Very interesting menu, some high points like chettinad curry, alcohol, but I wouldn't call it english. The only places that scratches the british curry itch for me is the vindaloo at Darbar, but I don't call it upscale either.

            1. re: mdg

              Sure! I am in Campbell, but I am happy to travel anywhere in the SJ area for a good curry. We can totally live without booze. The curry is the important thing!

              1. re: Sayurijg

                You live an a wonder land of authentic indian curries, especially south indian, just not British style.

                Where have you tried already, and where do you like?

                1. re: bbulkow

                  I'm a bay dining virgin! I have been here for about 6 weeks and so I am ready to get my curry hit. I'm not a fan of creamy curries or fish curries and I don't eat meat.

                  1. re: Sayurijg

                    As (mostly) mentioned before: Shah and Shalimar for Pakistaini (both in Sunnyvale), Taste Buds and Peacock for a mix of southern and northern (Sunnyvale / Mountain View) border, Madura, Madras Cafe, and Saravana Bhavan for southern Indian all-vegetarian (Sunnyvale), and Amber India, Artisan The Menu, Arka, and Sakoon for higher-end (Arka in Sunnyvale, rest in Mountain View). Sakoon tastes like they use more cream than the others, so that's probably not the best place to start for you. There are also several good Chettinad places down in the Santa Clara area; I'm blanking on the name but bbulkow can probably fill in the blanks there.

                    Go to any of these places and you should be happy. They all have good to great food in different styles and all have fine vegetarian selections - the local clientele demands that.

                    Specifically for "home style", I think Taste Buds might be the best choice.

                    Michael

                    1. re: Sayurijg

                      Chaat Paradise (in Mountain View) for veg. curries and chaat - is a good solid restaurant.

                      1. re: goldangl95

                        What stars you are. I shall commence my eating and will report back!

                        1. re: Sayurijg

                          Oh my goodness. I have found heaven on earth. Dee Dee's in Santa Clara.

                          Just back from there and my goodness the food was outstanding. http://www.mydeedees.com/ . I tried Shrikhand for the first time and now am a convert.

                          1. re: Sayurijg

                            Oh how I love DeeDee's! Wish it were closer to me. Not just for the food, but the way the owners always cluck over me makes it feel like eating at a family member's home. Yes, the shrikhand is a must. Here's my old post,
                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/707883

                            1. re: Melanie Wong

                              It's was just so wonderful to get Exactly what i want. Now all I need to do is find a decent Indian grocery store. I went to India cash and carry today but although I got everything I needed it seemed a bit, well, grubby.

                            2. re: Sayurijg

                              I was just about to suggest DeeDee's when I saw this. I love that place too. It's the only Indian restaurant that doesn't hurt my stomach. No idea why. Definitely jealous of your proximity.

                              1. re: kairo

                                Thanks to this thread I tried DeeDee's too, and just returned. That was scrumptious, and a good bargain, too. I agree that the shrikhand was fabulous. I've eaten at a lot of Indian vegetarian restaurants and somehow this dish has escaped me up until now. Do they put crack in that stuff?

                                1. re: teela brown

                                  Lots of saffron, maybe crack too! I've only had DeeDee's version, can't recall seeing it on a menu anywhere else.