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East Bay Indian Food

East Bay Chowhound | Jan 21, 2003 04:44 PM

Enough of the San Francisco Debate. I'd like to hear people's opinion on the east bay scene. The epicenter of Indian culture (and food) seems to be berkeley. Berkeley has one of the classics, Vic's Chaat Corner on allston, a longtime fav of mine, but I must admit the the quality is dwindling, and the ambience is, shall we say, undesirable. A slightly better, but not much cleaner, alternative is Naan n'curry which recently opened up on telegraph across from rasputins. The oil seperates from the curry before your very eyes which means it either sits around for a long time in the kitchen, or they simply use too much oil. But the the food is spiced well and the price is cheap. The freshest choice in Berkeley is Chaat Cafe on University. They oil is not usually visible, and the meats and vegetables are always fresh, plus the naan are the best in town. A knew place opened on University a few weeks ago called curry in hurry, they seemed to have copied chaat cafes menu and set the food up in steamers, I haven't tried it yet. Udipi is the vegetarian alternative, located directly across the street from Chaat Cafe on University. The dosa's are good, but aren't that much better than most other restaurants which usually offer them at half the price. The vegetable dishes are fresh, but the limited menu (no meat) is a turn off (to me at least). The higher end sit down restaurants that Iv'e tried are Breads of India, which I disliked so much I won't even get into and Ajanta on solano, which has great food, especially the meat but is pretty high priced. I also here there are some good spots in fremont, including shalimar, udipi, chaat cafe and bombay gardens, the last of which is a buffet which is always a turn off to me. Are any places worth the trip to Fremont? Did I miss any spots in Berkeley? And I will ask no one to bring up the San Fran scene in this thread.

Happy Eating!

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