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September 14, 2010 > Restaurant Review: Cafe Tazza for quick Indian food

Restaurant Review: Cafe Tazza for quick Indian food

By Shavon Walker

Cafe Tazza is small, warm and inviting; walls are painted in shades of orange and yellow. The atmosphere is enhanced by background instrumental music. It appears to be a favorite of families and businessmen who eat here, especially during lunchtime.

Rajeev Sharda opened the cafe in April of this year and owns another cafe of the same name in Dublin. "The Dublin location was popular. A lot of customers were from Fremont, so that's why he wanted to bring the restaurant here," said Jay, manager of the Newark location. He adds, "Cafe Tazza offers North, South and Indian Chinese food; that's what makes us special." Snacks are also appealing; glass cases hold traditional Indian and American desserts, racks of bread and cookies.

I decided to stay somewhat traditional and chose Tandoori Chicken, Peshawaria Naan, and Vegetable Pakora. The Tandoori Chicken was served skillet style, over green peppers and onions. Three drumsticks were cooked thoroughly, and the vegetables added a wonderful flavor. The Peshawaria Naan was actually whole wheat naan, and it came with an additional surprise, dried apricots whose sweetness complemented the spicy Tandoori Chicken and went well with the pakora too.

The pakora was the best dish out of the three. Small fritters made of onions and peppers were fried in a light batter. A small mountain of these was served, along with sauces; they were so delicious that I ate them all.

Cafe Tazza is a great place for a quick lunch. "If you're in the mood for Indian food, we'll have something you will like on our menu. We have individual chefs for each item." Jay pointed out. "We made sure each chef knew their responsibilities when they were hired."

I only have one minor criticism of this restaurant. It would be good to include a short description of each item on the menu. The Peshawaria Naan was wonderful, but those allergic to sulfites would have a serious issue and I wasn't told they were in the bread when I ordered. However, I heartily recommend Cafe Tazza for great, fast service and excellent food.

Cafe Tazza
39742 Cedar Blvd., Newark

4584 Dublin Blvd., Dublin
(925) 560-9830

2213 El Camino Real, Santa Clara
(408) 249-2739

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