I have been looking for a good Indian restaurant in the area that offers lunch without having to go through a buffet line. It is flu season, so you can’t be too careful. Plus, I’ve had my share of dining at buffets as a child, so I think I have an aversion to them now.
Luckily, I found a place called Chaats & Currys in Sunnyvale through Yelp.com, and it received four out of five stars with more than 300 reviews.
You order the food at the counter, and the staff brings the food to your table. No buffet.
Dish of Choice
As part of the menu, the restaurant has daily $7.99 and $9.99 vegetarian and non-vegetarian specials, according to its website. One of today’s specials was Chicken Tikka Masala, a curry dish made with boneless chicken in a creamy tomato-based sauce. The special included a fountain drink, rice, naan (flatbread) and dal, which is a dish made from lentils, from what I have been able to find online.You can order entrees spicy, medium or mild, so I went with medium to be on the safe side.
I would give the Chicken Tikka Masala three out of four stars. The chicken was tender and the sauce had a good, creamy texture, but I wish I would have gone with spicy for a little more bite. The naan and the rice also were great. I also ordered a side of samosas (turnovers filled with peas and potatoes), which were crisp and savory.
The special gives you more than enough food. I actually took half of it home, so I think it’s a good value.
The family-run restaurant is a small, clean and no-frills kind of place. It seats about 30 people. The restaurant had a steady lunch crowd without being overly crowded. The staff was also courteous.
Chaats & Currys is located at 520 Lawrence Expressway, Suite 310 in Sunnyvale. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Saturday, according to its website, www.chaatsandcurrys.com. Dining in, takeout and online ordering through Eat24.com are available. The restaurant can be reached at (408) 746-9192.