Khana Khazana is a vegetarian Indian restaurant on the south east corner of Chandler Boulevard and Rural roads. I had visited the restaurant on Mother's Day and written a review on it at examiner.com. To read that review you can check out the article http://www.examiner.com/review/lip-smacking-thali-meals-at-khana-khazana. Recently, during Navaratri I visited the restaurant again for dinner. On my last visit I was quite impressed with the decor and the simple Gujrati thali meals served at the restaurant. This time we went to check out the vegetarian Indo-Chinese section in the restaurant menu.
The decor is the same as before. This time however we were seated on the low padded benches that form part of the low table seating in the restaurant. It is very traditional seating for Indian dining and guests sit cross legged on low stools or benches. We ordered from the light entree section with Indo-Chinese options and ordered pao-bhaji, paneer paratha, dahi vada, gobi manchurian, Hakka noodles and chilli paneer. Most of the food in this section is priced at $5-7 per plate, so it is quite reasonable. It was a week night and the restaurant was quite busy even at 9:30 PM, so it is a good sign that things are running smoothly.
Our food arrived within 20 minutes. The pao-bhaji and paneer paratha were good though the vegetable in pao bhaji was a little too hot (we went for medium spice level). The parathas in this restaurant are huge. One paratha can easily shared by two people. The dahi vada was sweet and crunchy. The gobi manchurian was also quite tasty. However the biggest disappointment was with the Hakka noodles and chili paneer. Neither the noodles nor the chili paneer match up to the standard of decent Indo-Chinese food. The chili paneer was especially disappointing since it had a few pieces of raw paneer swimming in a gravy with onions and bell peppers. We also had falooda and kesar pista kurfi as dessert and both items were pretty decent.
Overall, the restaurant does a good job of cooking traditional Gujrati food but lacks expertise in other forms of Indian cuisine. If my readers visit the restaurant, I would advise them to stick to the thalis or the little entrée dishes like khasta kachori, chat, pao bhaji, dahi vada etc. The restaurant is open till 10PM on Fridays and weekends. You can visit the restaurant at:
4929 W Chandler Blvd. Ste 1
Chandler AZ 85226