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khana khazana chowdown report - May 17, 2004

solly | May 18, 200403:42 PM

A group of East Bay 'hounds met last night to try Khana Khazana, a relatively new Indian restaurant in Emeryville. We tried the following dishes:

Onion Bhaji
Lamb Samosa
Aloo Tikki (potato fritters)
Channa Bhatura (garbanzo beans with puri)
Tandoori Chicken
Bhindi Masala (okra)
Bengan Bhartha (eggplant)
Malai Kofta (cheese in mild gravy)
Gosht Buhna (lamb in semi-dry sauce)
Chili Chicken
Seekh Kabob
Chicken Makhanwala
Naan, Paratha, Kabulli Nan (with raisins & nuts), Keema Nan (with minced lamb), Chapati
Gulag Jamun, Kulfi, Mango Ice Cream

In short, we ate a lot of food. Sorry to everybody if I may have over-ordered!

The level of preparation was consistent -- nothing sublime, but everything was tasty. Khana Khazana seems to do minced lamb (Keema Nan & Seekh Kabob) quite well; the meat is well-seasoned, though perhaps the Kabob was not charred to some peoples' taste. IMO, other hits were the Chili Chicken and a decent Tandoori Chicken.

The hostess of the restaurant was very welcoming and encouraged our prompt return; if I were to find myself in Emeryville on an empty stomach, an encore visit could be conceivable.

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