Just wanted to give brief report on a chicken biriyani survey in Berkeley. I couldn't have enough chicken biriyani while I was pregnant and became fixated on the bir at Kabana but recently decided to do a taste test of biriyanis at Ajanta, Indus and the Pakistani place just up University from Kabana. Results: Kabana still wins for me. Indus was really good, but the spices are more assertive and the flavors meld better at Kabana. Ajanta was too sweet for my taste -- but one of my friends liked it the best. I must admit that this was not a very scientifically controlled survey (we posted a double blind taste test of croissants a couple years back)but Kabana biriyani is YUM!
I think that we will do a Hof Brau taste off next. I've been meaning to do this ever since having a surprisingly good meal at the Oaks Card club -- I think I'll try Casino San Pablo and Harry's(?) HofBrau in San Leandro. Any other suggestions?
Want to put in a good word for Pie in the Sky Pizza on Center St. in Berkeley-- delicious and the people running it are great. They also have fabulous pastries made in house.