When I first heard a restaurant called Kurry Klub had opened in Berkeley, I knew I couldn't stay away. Would we get Kurry membership cards? Perform Kurry hazing rituals? I had to know.
So I headed to Kurry Klub in Berkeley (Shattuck & Cedar - I think) for dinner last night. It was my first time eating at an Indian restaurant that wasn't a) a buffet, b) a chaat place, or c) dirt cheap (e.g. Naan 'n Curry, Curry in Hurry, etc.) in a long, long time.
I think it'll be another long time.
We ordered the chicken tikka masala, the chicken molee, and the spicy yellow lentil soup. The sauce on the chicken tikka masala was, I believe, the second worst I've ever had (for best, see Naan 'n Curry). That's not to say I didn't eat it, but the consistency was off - thick and yellowish like gravy - as well as the taste. Quality of chicken meat, however, was good.
The chicken molee was advertised as a dish from Goa (a Portuguese enclave in India for those who didn't see the winning question in this year's geography bee) with potatoes and onions in a gravy. The onions were AWOL, but the chicken and potatoes were fine - really the dish was almost indistinguishable from the chicken tikka masala. And why is it, by the way, that chicken in Indian restaurants is served in the smallest portions size possible? We actually counted how many pieces we'd taken to make sure we got a fair share.
Now, the good part: the lentil soup was quite good and spicy. The naan was perfect, served with a little brushing of butter.
The service, however, was terrible. It was a constant struggle to make eye contact to get the servers to come over so we could order our meal, get the check, etc. ("I think he sees me, I think he sees me... Awwww... he walked away.")
I never ate at Zaika but I'm guessing Kurry Klub kept their opulent murals and other decorations. The place looks great and I really wanted to like it, but the food and service was just subpar. For my Kurry in the future I'm heading to Priya - the Kar Krash Buffet.