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Chaat Cafe

elise h | | Jul 23, 2001 12:24 PM

What a surprise and pleasure at Chaat Cafe in Berkeley. I ordered the tandoori chicken wrapped in naan with tomato, cucumber, and mint chutney. What a harmony of flavors. Fit for a raj - although wraps technically did not exist then. The chicken was tender, moist, and high quality. The naan was straight out of the tandoor (which you can view through the large glass window into the kitchen). The other ingredients bursted with fresh flavor. One of the specials of the day was tandoori paneer - grilled paneer cheese. That is a rare find and can transport you to nirvana. Everyday, Chaat Cafe offers one vegetarian and one meat combo special.

The decor was equally pleasant. The owners put thought and care into this. The colors are burnt orange and reds - the earthy Indian hues. The chairs are covered with either paisley or curvy design fabrics. The paisley pattern is actually an abstract representation of mangoes! Wall decorations include pillow covers from of a certain Indian region where small mirror like rounds are embedded into the fabric.