First-timers to Taj Chaat may well be overwhelmed with choices, but that’s a feature, not a bug. Inside this restaurant’s rambunctious dining room, at least four walls are covered with all-vegetarian menu choices ranging from enormous, excellent dosas to trays of tapioca vada (fritters). To try a sampling of dishes, order a thali, although again there are several varieties of thali available, representing different parts of India. Listen carefully after ordering, because your order number could be called from one of several locations depending on the cooking technique you’ve requested. On the way to your table, stop by the chutney bar and load up.
Top pick: Any dosa here is going to be perfectly formed and boldly flavored — and also enormous.
The downside: There’s a bit of a learning curve to the ordering process, made especially difficult because nearly everything on the enormous menu is delicious. The dining room is also not always tidy.
Fun fact: Thanks to the coronavirus, Taj Chaat has created an online ordering system for easy takeout — including, by this author’s count, more than 160 menu items, one of the biggest menus in all of North Texas.