Would you believe me if I told you that you can dine on gratifying and high quality food for cheaper than homecooking? Or even fast food?
How cheap? You ponder; well it depends on the parameters of your appetite, but my assumption would be that you can make three hearty, good-sized meals out of a six dollar fork over; that my friends would be $2 per meal. TWO DOLLARS? Unless you’re buying four IKEA hot dogs, not many fast food meals come that cheap (plus WHO in their right mind would want to eat four hot dogs?)
And to all my vegetarian and vegan readers; this deal includes you! You see, as a self-proclaimed meat-head, it takes one earth-shattering meatless meal (or three in this scenario) to select in lieu of a chicken/sirloin/lobster-centered one. And let me tell you, it is a happenstance of luck that my absolute favourite veg place in all of Portland (and perhaps the West Coast) happens to cost less than my parking metre
Allow me to present to you the pride of SW 12th avenue in Portland, Bombay Chaat House:
You did read that right; a massive six course meal with free chai for the price of $6! The meal consists of naan and basmati rice and four dishes which vary from day to day. Besides famous Indian vegetarian delights such as Channa Masala, Mutter Paneer, and Aloo Gobi, Bombay Chaat House’s menu also features Chaat, which are the snacks found on the streets of India. However, the best part is now you can eat them without risking your health!
Some of the chaat options include channa samosa (chickpea filled samosas with chutneys), Pani Puri (small cups filled with potatoes, spices, and spiced’ water’), Dahi vada (a fried ‘doughnut’ eaten with yoghurt), and many more!
Nazneen had a craving for some Mutter Paneer (Peas and paneer curry):
Nora, Olive, and I went for the six course meal, which yesterday consisted of: Navrattan korma (a creamy sauce with nine different types of veggies), Aloo bhaji (a potato/veggie dish), Dal Tarka (black lentils), and Channa Masala (those vibrant chickpeas)! It also came with a massive blanket of garlic naan:
I was also dying for some chaat so Nora and I split the Aloo Tikki Channa:
We dined in the Portland breeze at a nearby picnic table; in which our meal was inhaled in silence (well the parts of it we managed to eat)…let’s just say my refrigerator has picked up a rather enticing aroma of garlic and masala
Bombay Chaat House is hands down the best Indian cuisine I have had in the Portland area (YES, that includes Desi-restaurant-laden Beaverton), and that is saying a lot considering they don’t have my beloved chicken tandoori tikka on the menu. The flavours are robust and authentic, swoon-worthy and piquant, and yes, will leave your fingertips smelling like a Bombay kitchen (in the best way possible)
What is your favourite type of vegetarian meal?
Have you ever had chaat before?
Where do you go for some scrumptious cheap eats?