Jay Bharat Bay Area – Gujarati in Fremont
Thanks to this tip from “hhc”, I checked out Jay Bharat in Fremont two weeks ago. It’s a new branch of the Southern California Gujarati specialist, taking over Woodlands location.
The menu’s up on the website now,
I was on my way to a going-away dinner for a friend moving to Mumbai and picked up a few snacks. My $24.40 didn’t go that far. That said, the quality was high and made a good impression.
Patra, $4.99 – Meaty-textured spicy gram paste rolled up in taro leaves, steamed and sliced into spiral slabs. The green mint chutney was deliciously HOT and the red tamarind one had a refreshing tang.
Samosa sampler, $4.99 – Small triangles similar in style to the ones that the closed Sultan in SF used to make with a very thin phyllo-like wrapper. A sampler has four samosas, each with a different filling. I had a bite of the Italian samosa and enjoyed this cross-cuisine version filling with spinach, artichoke and cheese. Accompanied by the same chutneys.
Shrikhand, $2.49 – The tiny cup held less than 2 ounces by volume. This was too small to attempt to share. More sugary and denser/richer than Deedee’s version.
Rajwadi Chevdo, $8.00 – Looking at the bags of farsan on display, this was the reddest in hue. I asked the staff member how spicy it might be and he said it was only a little hot. Some of the guests found it too hot to eat, and I flamed out after the second handful.
Last item was a mango lassi for the road, $2.99. Not that flavorful, wouldn’t get this again.
Jay Bharat Bay Area
39203 Cedar Blvd
Newark, CA 94560
We went to Jay Bharat a few weeks back. We had the Gujarati Thali and the Rotla Shak.
Found the Breads to be quite good and very fresh but the Curries and Sides to be uniformly lack luster. Neither of us felt the need to return. Granted I am not very knowledgeable about Gujarati Cuisine so it may be exactly what it is supposed to be.
I did have a Gujarati Thaili while in Mumbai that I liked very much, full flavored Curries, rich Kichadi and super rich and sweet Desserts.