Little India Restaurant, Redwood City, California

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"FOR THE BEST IN INDIAN CUISINE""Featuring 'All You Can Eat' Buffets, For Both Lunch And Dinner!"

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917 Main Street, Redwood City, California -- In Business Since 1991

Telephone/Fax: 650 361-8737


Hours: Monday - Friday, Lunch 11 AM - 2 PM; Monday - Saturday, Dinner 5 PM - 9 PM (Closed Sunday)

Dine In Or Take Out

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Visa, MasterCard, and Discover accepted

Senior citizens receive 1.00 off

Children (below 12 years old) dine at half price

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Our buffets feature home style Indian food. Basically, the menu is from the north-west region of India. Items from other regions of India are featured also. The food is low in fat and sodium.

The food is prepared by chef/owner Manoj Chopra, who has 20 years of solid experience. Amongst his various accomplishments...

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Fill 'er Up

Little India serves mountains of food at molehill prices.

By Diane Sussman.

At Little India Restaurant in downtown Redwood City, diners don't have to waste long hours perusing a four-pound menu.

There isn't one.

Instead, the 3-year-old restaurant serves a mixed bag buffet that consists of whatever owner and chef Manoj Chopra feels like making that day. The night we went, Chopra had prepared eight dishes, one soup, five chutneys, one salad, one dessert and two types of bread for the buffet.

Regardless of the ebb and flow of dishes, some items remain constant. Come at lunch or dinner and you will always find basmati rice pillau, salad with cucurnber and tomato, raita (spiced yogurt dressing), vegetable pakora (vegetable fritters), papadum (pepper cracker) and an array of chutneys. In addition, all meals come with a generous basket of nan, the warm, soft Indian bread.

Otherwise, the vegetarian dishes could be a combination of dal (lentils), cauliflower and potato stew, eggplant bhurta, and spinach saag. On the other hand, they might be eggplant masala, mushroom muttar (mushroom and pea masala), cumin potatoes or okra masala.

The same goes for meat dishes and dessert. If you had lamb vindaloo, chicken tandoori and prawns island on Tuesday, you might find lamb roanjosh and chicken tikka masala on Saturday.

If mangoes are in season, dessert might be mango phirnee (rice flour pudding). Rice pudding, on the other hand, is a good indicator that Chopra couldn't locate any fresh mangoes that day.

Neither do people have to spend agonizing minutes calculating cost and tax. At Little India, only three numbers matter: $5.95, $5.99 and $7.95.

"That includes tax," said Chopra.

At lunchtime, $5.99 buys everything. At dinnertime, $5.95 buys everything vegetarian while $7.95 buys everything.

Chopra and his wife run the restaurant together, with Manoj in the kitchen and Sunita in the front.

Restaurants don't get much cozier than Little India. Small, softly lighted and redolent of curry, the place feels like an enlarged dining room in someone's home. Someone with a penchant for Indian carvings, that is.

But one thing is certain. At Little India, you never have to worry that you'll get inferior service because you left your jacket and tie at home. And -- a rarity these days -- you can hear your friends talk.

As for service, well, you pick up your Melmac plate, head for the steam tables and eat. No fuss, no bother.

Like the place, the food is unpretentious and homey. It is lighter than at many other Indian restaurants -- Chopra hates grease -- and milder. Those who like their Indian food fiery can always intensify the experience by using one of Chopra's five chutneys: tamarind, cilantro and mint, tomato, hot pickle and Chopra's "gunpowder" special.

In the sweet realm, Chopra's mango chutney is one of the best I've tasted. It is so good, we ended up buying several containers (75 cents each) to take home. We also came home with containers of masala tea (75 cents for four ounces), a fragrant blend laced with cinnamon that Chopra makes himself. Little India sells several other items for home cooks, including Chopra's dry pepper bread and some commercially prepared sauces.

The mango pudding dessert was another highlight. Light, cool and refreshing, the pudding is sometimes made with carrots, pumpkin or nuts instead of mango.

For drinks, Little India serves two types of lndian beer, Kingfisher and Taj Mahal, and several domestic beers. The restaurant also has wine and three types of traditional yogurt drinks. Sweetened and plain yogurt drinks are $1. Mango yogurt drinks are $l.50.

Overall, Little India offers a welcome change from the fast-paced, herd-them-through atmosphere of the Peninsula's all-you-can-eat salad bars and smorgasbords. And, when calculated in pounds of food per dollar, it is a very good deal indeed.

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All You Can Eat -- Only 6.99!!!!!!

Featuring: Chicken Tikka Masala, Spinach Saaq, Cauliflower & Potato, Kofte (Curried Meatballs), Basmati Rice Pillau Plus Much More!

Sample Luncheon Menu:

Lunch: 11 AM - 2 PM

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All You Can Eat -- Only 9.95 For Vegetarian, 11.95 For Regular!!!!!!

Featuring: Tandoori Chicken, Lamb Vindaloo, Muttar Paneer, Mango Phirnee Plus Much More!

Sample Dinner Menu:

Spicy Lemon Soup

Tandoori Chicken

Chicken Moghlai

Lamb Vindaloo

Muttar Paneer (Peas And Fresh Cheese)

Alu Gobi (Potato And Cauliflower)

Dal Makhni

Vegetable Pakoras

Basmati Rice Pillau

Nan, Papadum, Raita Salad, Chutneys, Pickles

Gajjar Halwa (Carrot Dessert)

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Prices include sales tax. Prices and items are subject to change.

We Will Welcome Your Patronage!!!!!! Please Come Join Us!!!!!!

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© 1995-2006, G. Darrell Berglund, Esq.

Our congratulations to Little India, which, due to the foresight of its management and ownership, was one of the earlier advertisers on the Internet.

Their foresight and food prove themselves over and over again - and their mango pudding is divine!