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“Decent chaat joint for Bay Area”
Review of Chaat Bhavan

Chaat Bhavan
Ranked #64 of 381 Restaurants in Sunnyvale
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian
Description: It is a new additional location. The other location is already listed as Chaat Bhavan, Fremont, CA.
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Description: It is a new additional location. The other location is already listed as Chaat Bhavan, Fremont, CA.
Reviewed January 3, 2014

If you are in the mood for a chaat this weekend, this is as good a place as any other chaat place in Bay Area.

The pluses are: Decent enough seating area, it could seat about 60-70 patrons at a time. The food quantity as well as quality is good. All the usual suspects of chaat menu are done quite good, and the pani puri sauces are a good approximation of the real thing. Other North Indian varieties are good too, especially the parathas are done well. My favorite is the Spinach Paratha, even our kids love it. The achaar that comes with them is tasty too, although the raita is really so so. The a la carte veggie entrees and rotis are a good next step if your appetite ranges beyond chaat items.

The minuses: The staff seems to be trained a little erratically. Some of them rush you to place your order, and when you ask them for some clarification or so, they mumble some inaudibles. Others move at a pretty cool pace, and don't pay attention to your attempts to waive them down for some paper towels or so. Also their response to 'not-spicy' is to cut out the red chilli powder, but leave the garam masala as it is. So whatever 4-5 year old you are trying to feed is guaranteed a longer wait than the rest of the patrons on the table, while they bring back second round of that order. And that too is not a sure thing if you are expecting a 0 Scoville rating. The lassis are thinner than that at the several other chaat places in Bay Area. And their rewards system is really primitive, forcing you to carry one additional piece of plastic in your wallet.

All in all, if you are getting together with you college roommates, and you don't have any kids with you, it is a decent place to go for a weekend lunch.

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Reviewed October 22, 2013

This is an easy to locate place on El Camino Real, which has sufficient parking. Except the parking is always full,as is the restaurant.

The ambience is decent for a quick eat / family / group dinner restaurant but its not a fine dining place.

The food was good to taste (sets of paneer masala wraps together with spicy kadhi pakoda and authentic inexpensive rotis). We were a group of seven today.

However, the bummer (which results in a 4/5) was the service. We were held up about 15 mins for billing issues - first to split the bills, then they made a mistake, then they took their own time to print a receipt. The last element left a bit of a sour taste - they're not getting any tip from me next time!

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Reviewed October 11, 2013

I loved the food. We had ordered an array of north Indian dishes and felt satisfied when I was leaving. We had ordered couple of starters, entrees and a coffee/chaas in the end. Overall good food and good service.

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

This is a nice restaurant which serves a decent thali with very tasty food and adequate variety. The ambience was comfortable and spacious. Service was prompt and courteous.

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Went for lunch today with my wife. She had house thali and I had mutter paneer with tandoori roti. I highly recommend their thali, it has everything and super cheap. everything was so fresh and the place was full, that tells everything.I will surely visit if I am in the silicon valley next time.Got complementary chai at the end. Great food, highly recommended!!

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