The rank-and-file of Silicon Valley may never be royals, but they can still eat like them at this Mountain View gem, which specializes in the regional cuisine of Chennai. Throngs of Indian immigrants speaking their native tongues gather here at lunchtime, catching live cricket matches on the television as they scoop up boldly spiced curries from colorful plastic plates. Expect to see some new-to-you dishes: the urandai kofta curry, made with paneer and lotus-root balls in a creamy, aromatic sauce, is revelatory, as is the stir-fried green chili chicken with thokku-a vibrant paste of ground cashews, spices, and tomato. The friendly manager is happy to suggest something novel to try, or to recommend familiar but delicious items like the excellent masala dosa.
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