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Cafe Taj Zindabaad! Long Live Cafe Taj!

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Cafe Taj Zindabaad! Long Live Cafe Taj!

David Boyk | Oct 19, 2005 07:37 PM

This place called Cafe Taj opened up recently on Channing just east of Telegraph, where Baguette used to be for about 3 minutes and, before that, some Ethiopian place that I never had a chance to go to in the 2 months or so that it was open. I hope Taj doesn't have the same fate, because it's pretty delicious. I've been twice now and been very pleased both times. The other day, the bona gosht (lamb curry, which I'm more used to seeing spelled bhuna gosht) was fresh and bright tasting, and the naan was soft and wheaty. Today, my lamb biryani was fantastic. The rice was fluffy and all the grains distinct, and the cardamom and sumac-laden meat was tasty and lean (although the dish as a whole wasn't non-fat by any means). Everything costs about 6 or 7 bucks. Go! It's probably the best East Bay North Indian these days - better than Naan 'n' Curry or Mount Everest ever was, and to my mind better than India Palace or Priya's lunches, too.

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