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“A unpretentious place; excellent value for a great meal”

Lotus Chaat & Spices
Ranked #40 of 246 Restaurants in San Rafael
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch
Description: Lotus Chaat & Spices is the North Bay’s only destination for delicious Indian Street food: dishes that will nourish you and tingle your tongue. Come provoke your palate with our kaleidoscope of flavors, textures and spices.
Reviewed 4 June 2017

This is a wonderful and very modest restaurant with delicious food. We had the sambar vada (Deep-fried donuts made of lentil flour), the Choley Samosey and different types of dosa (a crepe with lentils and rice with fresh coconut chutneys and sambar). We had folks at our table who liked their food spicy, and the restaurant accommodated us by placing the extra spicy sauce 'on the side'. The menu described the food as 'Indian street food'. Would recommend getting Indian beer with your order, as it is a great combination. The desserts were okay, but not as great as the appetizers and dosas.

There is a grocery that is connected to the restaurant and there was a regular flow of customers. The place was filled with families, couples and groups. The staff was friendly and efficient.

If you are looking for a 'flashy' place, this is not the place; however, if you are looking for a good meal at a reasonable price, this is the place to go. Lots of kids and families here. Something for everyone on this menu.

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Thank SpikeIII
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is my usual lunch place. I always order their dosas, and they have plenty of choices, with meat, vegan, or vegetarian. Most of their dishes are gluten free too. If you don't see anything you like on the menu, you can also ask if they can make something special. Most of their meal comes with a soup, so don't order too much.

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Reviewed 31 January 2017

I have had the special once and then several times a dosa. The food is fantastic and the Mango Lassi is wonderful.

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Surinder S, Owner at Lotus Chaat & Spices, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2017

My name is Surinder Sroa and I am the owner of Lotus Chaat & Spices Organic Indian Restaurant and Store in the West End of San Rafael.

Lotus Chaat is a dining establishment that prides itself on its quality, cleanliness and service. We encourage our customers to speak with our staff about their experiences so we can learn from them.

Thank you for your review and we look forward to seeing you at a Lotus establishment again very soon.

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Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

So many chaat houses are just average, decent but undistinguished. But this one stands out: spacious, well lighted and decorated, clean, and welcoming. Restrooms are spotless. There's even a small spice store attached. Our friends, San Rafael locals, come here often and recommended their dosas, in our case both vegetarian and with meat. Excellent! They all had wine, but I had Indian beer, good. They also ask for your preference: mild, medium spicy, or spicy. All told, a enjoyable dinner, with excellent service.

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Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

I love coming to this restaurant. Not sure if it's the good food, or the art on walls capturing various sides of Indian culture that always pulls my attention, or the man who is always there welcoming us with his kind smile or because it's usually quiet with Indian music playing in the background. Probably all of the above.

Thank Barbora J
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