I finally made it to Breads of India last night. I dont eat in the East Bay very often (a hard core SF dweller with a fear of busy bridges), but finally fate and serendipity conspired to find me at B of I last night with no line (Oscars?)
I just read up on some of the past chowhound controversy about this place today. Very interesting.
I found it quite delicious. First of all, the chai is supremely good, possibly the best Indian-style chai I have had in the States. The spice mixture had echoes of some transcendent chai I had in Varanasi several years ago.
We got a tandoori pork loin, chicken tikka masala, a special vegetable curry in a regional manner than Im not familiar with, and a lamb curry, along with onion bread, paratha, and garlic naan.
Overall, I found the spice mixtures for each dish (except the pork tandoori, which was a little dry and bland, but the fresh mint chutney with it was nice) to be very unique, and especially in the case of the vegetable curry, which had very light but extremely complex and bright flavors.
The tikka masala had a rich, savory tomato tone. I really liked it but could see some people not. Do others like their chicken tikka masala?
The breads were good in general, and light on spices like the onion and garlic. That said, they were not the highlight of the meal: the varied, complex, and unique curries get that vote from me.
This is definitely not super-spicy street-ish food in the tradition of Shalimar, which I also love. But as an example of nuanced savory Indian home-style cooking, it was a pleasure.