Those who have left Indian restaurants bursting at the seams and wondering, "What do Indians have for just a snack?" will have their question answered at Udupi Café's Chaat Corner. The snacks served at the Chaat Corner have never seen the inside of a food truck, but is known as street food in the truest sense of the word, sold from carts or food stalls on every other street corner in the town of Udupi. Owned by the same owner and sharing the same kitchen as Udupi Café, a South Indian vegetarian restaurant, the Chaat Corner occupies the small bakery space next door, inside a sleepy corner of Overlake Square Mall in Bellevue.
Udupi's staff assembling the proper bite of panipuri
Sharing the strip mall with a Chuck E. Cheese's and a small international market, the nondescript and largely ethnic strip mall location has kept the Chaat Corner quiet, a secret spot among other Indians in the know. However, there is no shortage of staff at the family owned Chaat Corner and restaurant, usually a brother-in-law, wife, or friend of the owner, willing to guide the way to the next capsaicin high. Once initiated, the idea of Indian meals will stray from the safe naan and meat curries, to tangy vegetarian, and subsequently, from large meals to smaller bites.