I read this board regularly but have never contributed, I think the time has come. People need to stop biulding up Vic's as the gem of indian restaurants. I go to school at Cal, fortunetly I am one of those students who still lives off of mom and Dad and can afford to eat out nightly. My cousin, who grew up in India, came to visit me last weekend and was insistent on trying Vic's. Now I have been to Vic's 3 or 4 times in the last few years and the food is okay, and I mean a very mediocre okay, and it's in a wherehouse in the middle of crapville, it's like eating at a bus station in an indian village! My cousin was equally dissapointed on her trip. This just furthers my claim that restaurant reviewers don't know a damn thing. If you want a good spicy curry with hot fresh naan you go to Kabana on University and San Pablo and get the Karahi Chicken or Lamb, I learned that freshman year. Sophomore year I learned that if you want the best Indian lunch in town you go to Chaat Cafe on University and MLK. The Boti Wrap is possibly the tastiest item in berkeley, and their fish curry is the best I've had since my last trip to the homeland (India). I've missed many classes for "chaat runs" (that's what we call an impulse trip to the cafe). My frat house even took a little road trip to the Fremont Chaat Cafe, food is just as good and has a little extra kick, I actually started sweating from the spices, but it kicked ass. Stop listening to all the regurgitated rhetoric. I realize that Vic's has been around for like 20 years and I'm sure it was great when there was nothing to compare it to. Plus I know it feels hip to say that you've eaten at Vic's; people come up to me all the time (I guess cause I'm Indian)and tell me how "cool" this place Vic's was, but when I take them to Kabana or Chaat Cafe they quickly agree that Vic's food can't quite compare. Come on now, being a chowhound isn't about being hip, it's about eating the best damn food around.
Oh and by the way, for all of you people bad mouthing Top Dog, you should be ashamed of yourself. There is nothing better than a spicy Kiel after a night out at one of the telegraph drinkeries. Next time my cousin visits it's Chaat Cafe for lunch, sushi at Kirala for dinner followed by pitchers at Kips, a few long islands at Blakes and a late night dog. Berkeley's finest all in one day.
Eat on folks, Eat on!