Restaurants & Bars San Francisco Bay Area Berkeley

Kabana Pakistani, Berkeley

David Boyk and Cyrus Farivar | | Apr 22, 2002 01:01 AM

We just came back from a meal at the small, dimly-lit Kabana, on University and San Pablo, with two friends. When we arrived, most of the other people there were Pakistani, judging by appearances. We spotted the specials hand-written on cards on the wall, and immediately knew that we wanted the goat curry. Among the four of us, we ordered that, the chicken curry, aaloo baygan (potato with eggplant) and aaloo gobhi (potato with cauliflower).

We thought the vegetables were good, although not extraordinarily exciting. I (David) thought the eggplant was a little bitter, and that the cauliflower was kind of bland, but they were both enjoyable. The curries, on the other hand, were both excellent. We agreed that the chicken curry had the better sauce, although the meat was better in the goat curry. Both, however, were very flavorful and subtly spiced. The naan was pretty good, if a little boring ('course, it was just naan). The naan on the menu is confusing, however, as it is marked as $1. This means $1 per 10" across piece of naan, and not $1 for a whole basket (4) of naan.

Be sure to get enought naan to finish off the tasty curries! :)

The mango lassi was very sweet, as any good lassi should be, but was thin and flowed well.

The rice was decent, not amazing. I (Cyrus) was surprised at the lack of rice on one rice plate. In Persian restaurants, which I'm used to, they give you WAY more rice than you could ever actually consume (for better or worse).

I did enjoy the hors d'oeuvres plate, which was a plate of sliced onions and cucumbers with an excellent mint chutney and yogurt.

All in all, it was a great place. The service was brusque, but the food arrived in a timely fashion. I (Cyrus) tried to make several attempts to thank the main server guy (who is quite possibly also the owner), but he was counting cash and dealing with other wait staff.

Damage control: $52 (including tax and tip) for 4 people. [Total of 8 naans, 2 lassis, 4 dishes, 2 rice plates]

1106 University Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702

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