David Boyk's post from last year on the Malabar paratha at Berkeley's Udupi Palace,
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set me off on a quest to try this Southern Indian specialty myself wherever I happen to find it on the menu. Last week I tried the version at Udupi Palace in Newark. It's offered with kurma, some thick and creamy yogurt, and a dab of very good mango achar.
Described on the menu as bread with rings, I was disappointed that the paratha I was served seemed to be lacking in concentricity or even layers as found in better versions. Yet, it was crisp and chewy and still had some satisfying qualities. The kurma was very good, and the piece of star anise perched on the top was the clue to the unusual aromatics of this dish. I liked the fresh watermelon juice as well. Total for lunch was ten bucks and change.
5988 New Park Mall Road
Newark, CA 94560
(Interestingly, the website includes Newark, Sunnyvale and Livermore branches, but not Berkeley. Does anyone know if Berkeley is under different ownership, perhaps the reason for reports that the food is not as good there?)