Indian lunch at Madura in Sunnyvale, CA

Madura is one of those restaurants that have somehow eluded my review inspite of repeated visits. Initially when I used to go there, I didnt have a foodie blog. The subsequent excuse was that I did not remember to take pictures (lame!). Anyhow, I did take pictures this past Friday when I was there for lunch and here is my review of this and all the previous trips to Madura.

Madura sits at the border of Sunnyvale and Cupertino. It is fairly popular amongst the local Indian population. I made my first trip to Madura about 3 years ago and have probably been there a half a dozen times since then. The first thing that one needs to know about Madura is that unlike many Indian restaurants in the neighborhood, Madura does not offer a buffet. There is only an a la carte menu. For the famished, there is a $9.99 Madura Special Meals and a $7.99 Executive meals for the less hungry. There is not much different between the two in quantity as much as the fact that the executive meal comes with prepared mixed rice (kalandha sadam as it is called) while the Madura special comes with the different curries and sambhar and rasam separately.

As tempted as I was to order one of the Thalis, I went with my usual order- Medhu vada and onion rava dosa. There were others who ordered the executive thali, spicy dosa and rava masala dosa. The restaurant was relatively light for the time of the day – around 1 pm on a Friday afternoon. Inspite of that, it took a while for the food to arrive. The Medhu vada was crispy and the coconut chutney and sambhar were palatable. Not extraordinary but definitely good. The onion rava dosa arrived soon after- it was nice and crispy and maybe a tad too oily but that was not surprising. I sampled other fare from other plates and found the food to be pretty decent. Overall, the experience was good. Not many complaints but for the service time. The food itself was good. Nothing great to write home about but definitely decent South Indian fare to visit again.


Ambiance: 7.5/10. Really nothing to write about.

Service: 7.5/10. Food could have arrived faster given the number of customers at that time.

Food: 8.25/10. Good food. Nothing to complain about.

Price: 8/10. On par with competition in the vicinity.

Restroom: N/A

Overall: 8/10. A relatively safe bet in the neighborhood for South Indian lunch on a weekday.