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Papa's Persian Restaurant, Berkeley

David Boyk | Sep 6, 200201:48 PM

In a severely weakened state due to lack of food, my friend Rich and I wandered up and down University last night in an attempt to find something affordable and good for dinner. Everything was either expensive or closed, until we got to Papa's. Aha, we said, here is a place that looks good, and oh look, it's cheap, as one may readily tell from the large sign in the window proclaiming specials at remarkably affordable rates. So we went inside, and were given a menu, but no water, which was no good, given our (or at least my) dehydration. And looking over the menu, we were confronted with a complete lack of anything to eat at the prices listed on the aforementioned prominent sign in the window. The waitress couldn't figure out what we were talking about, so she brought over another one, who explained to us that the sign had not yet been fixed to say that it was only talking about lunch specials, but since it was their fault, they'd give us the lunch special for dinner. So we said okay, and ordered. I had a tasty ghormeh sabzi, which was satisfying except that the meat was a little skimpy and a bit tough. Rich had fesenjone, which he liked, but I didn't try it. The bread was fine, and the rice was good, although the salad that came with it was very mundane. The waitress was far from attentive, failing to refill my water until I asked, and not giving Rich any water until the second time he asked. After we'd ordered, Rich had joked about what if they charged us the dinner rates anyway, haw haw, but when we got the check, they'd done it! It wasn't any more expensive than the other places we'd looked at, but that was sort of a problem, since it had said it would be. So: good food, lousy service.

2026 University Ave.
(510) 841-0884

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