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Phone: (503) 239-0100

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Price Range
Sommerset West - Elmonica South
Indian Restaurants, Middle Eastern Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Caterers, Take Out Restaurants, Vegetarian Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
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Cuisines: Asian, Caterers, Family Style, Indian, Take Out, Healthy, Vegetarian, Middle Eastern

Wi-Fi: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Parking: Lot, Private

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Quite an authentic restaurant

This is a restaurant that I frequent not just because of it's proximity to where I live, but also as this is the most authentic south indian restaurant in town.
The 3 items that I order most frequently and never get tired of are: Idli-sambar, Onion Rava masala dosa, Tandoori Platter sampler.
The most authentic dosas, idli's, sambar, vadas, chutneys that I had in Portland outside India.
I could have given 5 stars if it's not for the service...
There are some items that I tried and did not like: Bhaigan Bharta, Onion Kulcha (it wasn't a kulcha, it was more like a naan with some embedded onions :-)).
I am not a fan of their biryanis (both chicken and lamb biryanis are just okay). You can pass on their egg dosa as well.

One other good Indian joint in Portland area is India Chaat house on 12th and Yamhill in downtown



Provided by Citysearch - 
Spicier than Swagath!

We go here for the lunch buffet every once in a while. While Swagath has a pretty good lunch buffet too, Chennai Masala is better in my opinion because the food is spicier. Indian food is supposed to be spicy and Chennai Masala does a good job.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The only place for Masala Dosa in Oregon

So far this place has the best Indian food we have found on Portland. It is about ten times less spicy than the real stuff but my wife and I have adjusted our tastes buds down, heat wise, and it is fine. The masala dosa is the real thing (it is not a spicy dish to begin with anyway) and Chennai Masala the only place in Oregon that does serve the real deal. The problem is the location. Now when we come back from the beach we head here for masala dosa, and then order a full Indian meal to go so that we can have good Indian food two days in a row. Now if they would open a branch in NE that served breakfast we would be very happy.



Top Indian Restaurant in Portland

Sometimes you keep a secret. Sometimes its better to let everybody know... i want to let this one out though... No wonder this place is picked by Willamette Week and Oregonian 2 years in a row. And trust me, i have been there ever since they have opened, and what i really like is their consistency and quality of food they put out.

The buffet is by far the best in portland. They have the usual suspects everyday (Chicken Tikka Masala, Naan, Tandoori Chicken and White rice), but everything else rotates which is phenominal...

If you already didnt know, Indians are bargain hunters. ChennaiMasala price is probably a bit higher than other indian restaurnants in the neighbourhoods, and even then i see quite a big turnout... its always good when you see natives liking the food they put out... and man its fabulous.!

I feel guilty.. i kept the secret for almost 2+ years, but wont be just for me to keep it though.. I want everyone to enjoy what i did.

Caveat: Small Tables, cafe style, and Could be a bit crowded at times... but they have the best and worth the wait.


- Josh



Provided by Citysearch - 
great food if you have time to wait for an hour

I heard great things about this restaurant and I love Indian food so my wife and decided to give it a try. When we got there, we found there were too many things to choose from on the menu and were a bit overwhelmed.

The food was excellent but we had to wait for 50 minutes to get it. The restaurant was almost empty when we arrived and by the time we were eating, it was full and everyone who got there after us had already started with their meals. I have no problem waiting for good food (curry) but I feel like I should be warned beforehand if they know it is going to take that long. We had to rush the food down quickly because we had other plans afterwards and could not relax and enjoy it.

Quality of food is important but so is service and atmosphere.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Indian Food in Oregon...

No wonder its the best place... i recently visited them for their fathers day special buffet. It was totally worth the price. Instead of some other restaurants charging $12.95 for just vegetarian. The place started filling early as 11:30 which is un-usuall for a weekend. Typically crowd starts flowing in around 1:00pm on weekends.

With the recent rice fiasco, i see ChennaiMasala only one in town serving Basmathi. Most others have started giving California Long Grain these days...

Clearly should be voted for CitySearch Best....

Amazing Quality, excellant selection. great price.



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Best dosas in town.....

Simply Authentic Dosas and the smell of sambhar that makes you hungy....

i havent had such a good experience with any other Indian Restaurant when it comes to dosas.. simply great..

I also love the Indian movie songs.. only place that doesnt do those slow gazals..

simply love it.



Provided by Citysearch - 
South Meets North... dhool sappadu

Arumaiyana Unnavu....(Fantastic Meal)

Just like home made sambar and Idlis's....

Oh.. those chicken Sheek Kababs.... phenominal.

thanks saro...

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