South Bay: Red Chillies

The first time we attempted Alviso Marina County Park, we had no idea what we were getting into.  We kept thinking there would be a shortcut somewhere, but when we realized that the park was essentially one gigantic loop (of unknown length), we called a halt and turned back before we reached the point of no return.

We retreated to Red Chillies to lick our wounds:

And to stuff our bellies.  We figured we'd hiked enough to justify an Indian buffet.

My sister has her favorite Indian buffet in Baltimore.  She's on a quest to find an equivalent in the Bay.  She read about Red Chillies' Sunday lunch buffet on Yelp.

The first thing we noticed when we entered the restaurant was the buffet spread:

As well as the fact that we were the only non-Indians in the place.  A good sign.

There was a lot to choose from, so I got a bit of almost everything:

I think the only dishes I skipped were the ones on the kiddie table.  Yes, there was a kiddie table.

There was also quite an extensive dessert section:

There was a carton of ice cream resting in a bucket of ice.  We expected some kind of exotic flavor, but it turned out to be vanilla with chocolate swirl.  Which made us laugh.

Red Chillies is known for its Kerala cuisine.  While I can't explain what Kerala cuisine actually is, I can tell you that it doesn't include naan.  So if you believe that an Indian meal is incomplete without fresh, buttery naan, Red Chillies is not the place for you.  But if you love rice and/or papadum, head on over.

At over $10 a person, Red Chillies isn't the cheapest Indian buffet in town, but it's pretty legit.

Red Chillies
167 S Main St
Milpitas, CA 95035
(408) 418-4778


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