On David Boyk's recommendation we went to Naan n' Curry in Berkeley on Telegraph.
Palak Paneer: Fresh cheese in spinach. Similar to David's experience, our spinach was quite bland. However a dash of salt really brought out the warm spicy flavor, and I wonder if they cook without salt, as some regional cuisines in India do.
Chicken with chickpeas: Two pieces (bone in) of very, very tender chicken in an INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS curry of chickpeas. I'll be back for this one.
Seekh kebab: A dramatic preparation of spicy ground lamb, skewered -- formed, actually -- on a metal spear and lowered into a tandoori oven to order. Fresh, hot and very delicious. Sort of a country sausage. Wow. Unusually flavorful and spicy, even for Indian food. And beautifully greasy, in the way that only fresh sausagey things can be.
Naan: Fresh baked and yummy, but arrived too late for the curries (which were cold when it showed up, see service note below). A nice crisp hot simple eating bread.
The entrees were 4.99 or 5.99, the naan $2 a piece. They offer free hot milky tea and chilled water, and have self-service cups, silverware and take-out boxes. Everything very practically laid out for easy self service. I like their approach in this regard.
Also -- they offer several dishes with bitter melon, which I don't see very often. Holly won't touch the stuff so I'll have to go back and try it alone. Perhaps I'll have a bitter melon meal, to commemorate something ambivalently. But I digress.
A note on service: They send things out when they are ready, which is great cuz food doesn't get cold and you don't have to wait. However it is a bummer when you get your saucy curries and have no naan to eat them with. So...I dunno. A note on service.
thanks, david, for recommending this spot -- it's definitely on our berkeley lunching list.
Naan n Curry
2366 Telegraph Avenue