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Priya Chowdown Write-Up

Cyrus J. Farivar | Mar 9, 200402:35 AM

David Boyk, Han Lukito, Melanie Wong, Ruth Lafler, and Lorraine hit up the goodness that is Priya this warm fine evening in Berkeley.

We started out with the following dishes:

Hot Chilli Pakoras ($5.95): Of the appetizers, these were my favorite. Ligh, small, chili flavored pakoras (like a small fried gyoza in size). A good bite to them, and enough kick to please me, but not obnoxiously spicy. Very tasty.

Appollo Fish ($6.95): Came on a sizzling platter with onions and sliced chilis. Not as hot as the pakoras, but still with a good amount of heat. The fish itself didn't have much flavor, but it was a good dish overall.

Vegetable Munchurian ($5.95): Boyk: "People liked it." [I have no memory of this at all.]

Chilli Chicken ($5.95): Very similar to some Chinese egg chicken dishes. Slightly crunchy and flavorful.

Main dishes:

Chicken 65 ($9.95): A great Indian pseudo-Chinese chicken dish cooked in a yogurt sauce. Slightly spicy, while very light and chewy. It had a strong flavor which was most enjoyable.

Kima Nan ($2.95): A lamb-stuffed naan. Very thin, not airy or fluffy at all. Tasty.

Tandoori Seekh Kabob ($9.95): A semi-crumbly sausage-style kabob meat, sliced, and served with onions and other veggies. Has a similar texture to a linguiça sausage. Sort of dry, but still good.

Chole Bhatura ($4.95): Garbonzo beans, cooked in a semi-spicy sauce. They had a smooth feeling but with a spicy kick at the end of them.

Poori ($1.45): Large deep-fried bread that goes well with Chole Bhatura. Light, not much of a strong flavor, but good for holding beans with.

Avial: A creamy sort of coconut dish, made with veggies and various spices, including cinnamon (I think?). Almost a texture of cottage cheese, but with a very complex flavor.

Mango chutney on the side: Sweet and light like a chutney should be.


Mango lassi ($1.95): Not thick enough, and a bit watery. Not enough yogurt. Lots of mango flavor.

Sans Ruth and Lorraine, the four of us went to Kingpin to get fresh raised glazed for dessert. Yummy.

Without the donuts, it was $14/person (incl. tax/tip and drinks).

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