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Bangalore - Divine kebabs at Dum Pukht Jolly Nabobs

House restaurant of a hotel

If you arent from India ..service is xtremely attentive in all these hotels ...

Dum Pukht Jolly nabobs is essentially the chain restaurant of ITC hotels .walk into any city and you can have it

Madhur Jaffrey's "Indian Cooking" is lacking as a great Indian cookbook// Recommend me a different one!

As pointed out there is no one cookbook ..each area has a differening cuisine ...

is for example a reasonably good book for food from Kerala

You may try this as well

Oct 28, 2013
green_wyvern in Home Cooking

Water in Varanasi

Bottled water is the way to go ..Coke (Kinely) and Pepsi(Aqua fina) should be widely available .....even in remote parts of Varanasi

Bangalore, India - Breakfast Options at Citrus, Lemon Tree Hotel, Electronic City, Bangalore

Second that ..(about ITC)

If you want decent Japanese food -Harima's is still the best bet ..But donot walk in expect dizzying levels of finesse -But they do better than anyone else

Once they had grilled smelt that was really good

And the best food is always found outside these hotel establishments but thats another thread ....

Hong Kong 8 days

I hear a lot about above and beyond and ming court ....I am unable to decide

Which would be a good introductory experience .. ?

Hong Kong 8 days

For a cha cheng my current plan is to Hokkaido Dairy company ..I understand this is going to draw a lot of ire .. But its going to be my first time and I hear the place is a little less hustling ...

Hong Kong 8 days

Shall let you know ...

Hong Kong 8 days

Thats sad to hear ...

Hong Kong 8 days

There is plenty of discussions abound in this forum .....

I have booked for caprice

Hope to goto Sushi Ta-ke

I have also booked a couple of foot tours which are food focussed as well ..

I hope to catch a sichuan place (any recommendations ?)

Whats the word on Honk Kong motorino ? Beyond a note in serious eats I cannot find any note in Blogosphere ..

Sushi Yoshitake, Hong Kong

I will be staying at Mercer - reservations are required far in advance ?

South Bay Area Eats - Need recommendations

If anyone has a good recommendation for a bakery that serves sublime croissant in the south bay area I am all ears ....

Despite my prowling I am yet to come upon one ....and more than $100 poorer ...

South Bay Area Eats - Need recommendations

Thank you !

I have long since returned ...But I did tend to eat a lot at Maruichi ,Miltpitas . It isnt generally on many peoples list but the absence of lines and a quiet place to eat with nice depth to broth had me visit them a number of times

I did goto Grand Sichuan but finding no one and the owners sitting down to their meal I stumbled on Sushi Kai which had re-opened under different owners .

Sushi Kai is probably my best find - no rolls under weird names their chirashi was a stand out with excellent saba that I returned back ..

South Bay Area Eats - Need recommendations

Milpitas is not exactly a Sushi hot bed ..But went to a newly opened place called Sushi Kai yesterday . Comparatively pricy but food is well made with less of gimmicky rolls . Had the chirashi -saba was a standout to me .

Worthwhile visit if you are in the area

South Bay Area Eats - Need recommendations

Visited Mezcal in San Jose Downtown .Place looks beautiful ,exposed brick et all ..But food wasnt something to remember ..Salmon was fishy ...The moles(my first experience with them so I may be wrong all together) where weak and muted ...
I didnt like the chicken either ....

Mezcal Restaurant
25 W San Fernando, San Jose, CA 95113

South Bay Area Eats - Need recommendations

Manresa was a hit ..4 hours and a wonderful experience ....

Ferry Building food seem to be never ending ....

Kimchi juice at Happy Girls .....

Also had cupcakes at Sprinkles in Palo Alto

Visited Akane in Los Altos ...

Visited So Gong in Milpitas

Yet to try Banh Mi ..any recommendations on that regard ?

Milpitas So Gong Dong Tofu
231 W Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035

South Bay Area Eats - Need recommendations

Had dinner at en ,santa clara yesterday .. The monk fish liver was sublime ....

3450 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051

South Bay Area Eats - Need recommendations

Visited SFO over the week end .Ferry Building and Market are understandably good .

Roli Roti ,Acme Bread ,Cowgirl Creamery ....

Also had good margerhita at Tony's Pizza Napoletana ..

Mountain view farmers market served up some nice and simple galettes .

Have Manresa coming up this week end .

Acme Bread
1601 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

Manresa Restaurant
320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

Cowgirl Creamery
1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111

Roli Roti
, Hayward, CA

Tony's Pizza Napoletana
1570 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

South Bay Area Eats - Need recommendations

Thanks a lot for multiple recommendations , will be scheduling multiple visits to SF ......

Visited Smoking Pig BBQ today .... The hot links are hot ....

The dishes I enjoyed best surprisingly turned out to be their sides ...Cornbread baked in muffin pan was moist and memorable and so was their mac n cheese with smoked meat in it

Smoking Pig BBQ
1144 N 4th St, San Jose, CA 95112

South Bay Area Eats - Need recommendations

Yesterday was in Palo Alto ...

Had dinner at the french bistro shokolat . Shortribs where a let down but all the vegetarian dishes ordered hit home like a pumpkin risotto and goat cheese ravioli . Probably their pasta is sublime ?

In desserts , the creme fraiche sorbet was nice (Better than the lemon pie it was served with )

Went to fraiche as well . Understandably the chocolate yoghurt was wonderful .

644 Emerson St Ste 110, Palo Alto, CA 94301

516 University Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301

South Bay Area Eats - Need recommendations

Sure ceekskat .....I understand the mindblowing part :)

Will be in Palo Alto today , so hope to go around some stuff mentioned here .........

Aside from that I did visit Darda Seafood in Milpitas and it was really worth it , the lamb dishes are indeed very well made .

Darda Seafood Restaurant
296 Barber Ct, Milpitas, CA 95035

South Bay Area Eats - Need recommendations

This has probably been discussed to death ,but where should I go first Baume or Manresa ?

Manresa Restaurant
320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030

South Bay Area Eats - Need recommendations

I did visit Dish Dash , I would say nice rather than mindblowing ....

I had lamb with spinach ,although their zatar olive oil combo is good,the pitas wherent that fresh tasting

NYC hounds seeks authentic S. Indian in Sunnyvale area

Hi City Spoonful

Try Madras Cafe ..Their Dosa's are pretty good ...Rava Dosa there is a must try ,from the samples I have seen they are pretty good .

Dosa in bangalore is thicker and if you are after the deep down south vegetarian it may not what you expect .

Happy eating

Madras Cafe
1177 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

South Bay Area Eats - Need recommendations

Visited Banana Leaf today . The Roti Parrota was really good although the curry could use some more heat .

Planning to work my way up the menu here ...

Banana Leaf Restaurant
182 Ranch Dr, Milpitas, CA 95035

South Bay Area Eats - Need recommendations

Hi Tumkers , thanks for the reco ,shall check them out ....

South Bay Area Eats - Need recommendations

Thanks to all replies ....

I went today to Smoking Pig BBQ unfortunately their ribs and chicken wasnt ready yet ...

Since my dining companion doesnt eat red meat , we had to leave ..Shall be back for more

Smoking Pig BBQ
1144 N 4th St, San Jose, CA 95112

South Bay Area Eats - Need recommendations

Thank you mdg for your detailed replies .

Your are right to point out the fact that a pizzeria is missing and I intend to add it . I shall look up your suggestion .

I walked the Castro Street today and lunched at Scratch ,wasnt blown away but I enjoyed Pliny the Elder .

I am staying Miltpitas . .

South Bay Area Eats - Need recommendations

Hi Fellow Gourmands

I am on business visit from India in San Jose for some months .After trawling the chowhound and elsewhere I have drawn up a list of restaurants/places to visit

I am filling up a list here based on what I have heard on the board so far , I shall keep updating the list . Will be staying off as much as Indian as possible .Cursory searches in Chinese on the boards havent turned anything yet for me (I must be definitely missing the obvious), and Japanese there is too much to filter down yet ....

My goal is to eat my way through as much American food is possible as well ......


1.Sri Lankan -Kadupul
2.Korean - Kunjip (Any reco for stuff nearer to San Jose?)
3.Vietnamese - Saigon Seafood
4.Isan style Thai (?)
5.Thai Bangkok Sytle (?)
6.Japanese Sushi (There was a wonderful thread on it but couldnt find it , can some one link to it ?)
7.Sushi Sawa - Is it open for outsiders now ?
8.Japanese Ramen (There are many threads need to fill this one up)
9. Mexican - El Gallo Giro
10. Middle East - unresearched

1.In and Out -what else !!


Bistro - Nordstorm Cafe
Village California
Diner - ?
Brew pub - ?
Fine Dining - Manresa
Zuni Cafe
Chez Pannise(Should I ?)
BBQ - Smoking Pig
Boulangerie - Any american style bakeris or french ones which are worth it?

Am I missing more styles?

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