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Chat Patti Vegetarian Restaurant: North Druid Hills

posted on March 20, 2007 at 9:16 am

RESTAURANT REVIEW:
When I lived in San Francisco, I would make the trip from the city to Berkeley for chaat at Vik’s Chaat Corner (a must-try on your next visit to the Bay area if you have never been). Vik’s is a simple warehouse right off the highway with some unbelievably good food–not to mention easy on the wallet. The lines would be insane the minute they opened the door, but the wait was worth it for the glorious food you received. Never having been to India, Vik’s was my first foray into the wonderful world of chaat (Indian small plates normally served on the street from carts). Imagine my surprise when I found this chaat place, Chat Patti, right off North Druid Hills a while back. Chat Patti serves various vegetarian chaat dishes from all over India. The staff is very friendly and willing to help you choose items-you can get away with pointing to what you want if the menu is confusing. I am far from an expert, but I adore Vegetarian Indian food in all forms. I opted to get the finger hots in batter, pani puri, and a vegetarian curry sampler with rice (for later). One of the women who was helping me threw in a sev puri for me to taste.
Finger hots in batter: Not what you would expect. Almost like a donut-not crispy-with a spicy surprise in the center. A nice textural contrast to the rest of my meal.
Sev puri: This was my favorite item. Puris are small deep-fried puffs of bread, that are topped with a variety of items. The sev puris have a gorgeous mix of tangy yogurt sauce, fresh cilantro, chutney, and sev (crispy chickpea noodles)
. Truly an outstanding flavor combination that I would go back for any day.
Pani puri: These are a more subtle dish. The puffs are served plain with sprouted moong, finely minced onions, and chutney to stuff inside after you make a whole with your finger or fork. After stuffing, dip the puri into the green pani (water flavored with cilantro, mint, and other spices) that is provided in the Styrofoam cup-quite delicious.
Mixed vegetable curries with rice: I got a potato curry and the chickpea version. Both were quite good and fresh. Great rice too. A steal at $5 and healthy to boot.

Verdict: A definite must-try if you have never had it. Don’t be intimidated by the menu or primarily Indian clientele–the staff and regulars are very nice and willing to help even the most befuddled Westerner. I plan to go back and try more and more. They also have a variety of Indian sweets and puri you can take home to experiment with on your own. There is a great Indian grocery next door that you can visit for any other ingredients you might need.

RESTAURANT INFORMATION:
Address:
1594 Woodcliff Drive NE
Phone: (404) 633-5595
Website

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8 comments

  • Re: Chat Patti Vegetarian Restaurant: North Druid Hills
    posted by: MEM · March 21, 2007  2:44 PM

    Hey, great to see Chat Patti getting some love in these pages…as a longtime ATL resident now living abroad, I was very relieved that I didn’t have to go all the way to Indian Delights for great Bhel Puri…

    I’ve got a semi-related question for you: I’ve got several rather aged but adventurous friends visiting ATL for a day from Amsterdam (I won’t be there). They’re staying right next to Oglethorpe (where they’ve got a gig the next day)…any great grub recommendations in Brookhaven these days? Something with just a tiny bit more atmosphere than Chat Patti and with potentially slightly broader appeal? Any suggestions would be great. Thanks!

  • Re: Chat Patti Vegetarian Restaurant: North Druid Hills
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · March 21, 2007  2:51 PM

    Mem: Are you looking for Indian? There is a restaurant called Rose of India, which i believe is more of a British-style of Indian cuisine-that is what my friend said anyway. it is right up Peachtree from Brookhaven on the right. Here is a link to my post about it: http://blissfulglutton.blogspot.com/2006/11/rose-of-india-chamblee.html
    Hope that helps!
    Jennifer

  • Re: Chat Patti Vegetarian Restaurant: North Druid Hills
    posted by: MEM · March 21, 2007  4:19 PM

    Hey, Jennifer, thanks for the rec…I’d actually already seen your review of Rose of India and it does look a little too much like what we’re used to over here (in that style I’m a big fan of Himalayas on Ptree Ind Blvd.)…

    Actually the tie-in with Chat Patti is that it’s somewhere near Brookhaven. Ideally, I’d love to send them to somewhere like the Highland Tap or 5 Seasons Brewery, but they’re cabbing it, so closer to Oglethorpe would be better….anyway, thanks again for any ideas.

    mark

  • Re: Chat Patti Vegetarian Restaurant: North Druid Hills
    posted by: MEM · March 21, 2007  11:33 PM

    Should add that my semi-arbitrary reasons for 5 Seasons or Highland Tap were: dark atmosphere; good unusual beer selection; good food with lightly exotic options (well, exotic for Europeans).

    OK, in retrospect, v. little to do with Chat Patti, but I was interested in your opinion and didn’t know where else on the site to ask!

  • Re: Chat Patti Vegetarian Restaurant: North Druid Hills
    posted by: ob2s · April 4, 2007  5:15 PM

    I can walk to this place, but the one time I went, my finger hots were cold and tasted like they’d been left in a refrigerator overnight. Then I had something that so burned my tongue that I couldn’t taste anything for about 6 hours. I guess it is time to try again.

  • Re: Chat Patti Vegetarian Restaurant: North Druid Hills
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · April 4, 2007  5:52 PM

    Try the sev puri ob2.

  • Re: Chat Patti Vegetarian Restaurant: North Druid Hills
    posted by: sam i am · April 10, 2007  8:00 AM

    i highly recommend two things : a) Samosa Chaat, b) Dahi Sev Puri, those two are the best dishes there. (And i know, i’m from Bombay, where chaat is amazing). mem, glutton, a great place with nice food and good decor for Indian is Bhojanic on Clairemont. Check their website out, because their timings are a bit odd, but they have great decor, some inventive Indian fusion stuff and they even have live jazz some nights.

  • Re: Chat Patti Vegetarian Restaurant: North Druid Hills
    posted by: Yosef · January 30, 2009  1:06 PM

    Karachi Chaat is always a good bet, papdi topped w/ yogurt, spices, and a dumpling. I recently tried the pav baji, which was fun. It is a buttered, toasted, hamburger bun with a side of curried chickpeas, eat it like a sandwich. Very cheap.

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