Amber Cafe

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600 West El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA, USA
www.amber-india.com - (650) 968-1751

Amber Cafe Mountain View Reviews

Angeline Angeline
6 reviews
Feb 27, 2006
Amber Cafe is a new Indian restaurant on El Camino. It's owned by the

same people that run Amber India Restaurant further down the street,

which is one of the best Indian restaurants in the South Bay. Amber

India is a nice sit-down restaurant, whereas Amber Cafe is meant for

something quicker and cheaper.

I

ate here over Thanksgiving break with some friends, and we were

impressed. For the price, Amber Cafe is excellent. I ordered mutter

adrak ki aloo tikki for an appetizer, which is a small fried potato

cake stuffed with gingered green peas served with garbanzo beans and

tamarind chutney. The potato cakes were light yet still incredibly

flavorful, especially with the garbanzo beans. I sampled some of

Samir's "Spinach 'n' Cheese Salad," which was really just palak paneer

with naan and some corn. The naan was excellent, but I though the palak

paneer was a bit too watery and the cheese could have been higher

quality. We also ordered cholewale samose for the whole group, which

made a very fresh tasting appetizer.

I would avoid their mango

laasi-- mine was too thin and too sweet, and it tasted like they didn't

add enough yogurt if any at all.

Overall, I'd characterize Amber

Cafe with a very fresh, light taste-- maybe the Fresh Choice equivalent

of North Indian cuisine. Indian food can get to be really heavy

sometimes with all its yogurt and butter, but Amber Cafe is a

refreshing break from cardiac arrest-inducing fare. The menu is also

very friendly to non-Indians, describing all the items in Western terms.
cholewale samose, or crispy turnov…
Samir's palak paneer
my mutter adrak ki aloo tikki, or …
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travelman727 says:
Ryan's right. You should become a food photographer. Thanks for the review; I love Indian cuisine!
Posted on: Jul 31, 2006
foolz0r says:
You always have the best food photos........ that cholewale samose, whatever it is, looks tasty (at 70dpi resolution even!).
Posted on: May 03, 2006
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