oh fuck me For those who dare to venture outside a two-block radius of the campus, there are better Indian places than House of Curries or (heaven forbid) Naan ‘N’ Curry. Yes, our little ones, it is true.

Just off the upscale stretch of 4th Street, Vik’s Chaat Corner beckons to all those searching for a little spice in their snacking. Pick up a real chai, order one of the specials and dare to try something more exciting than a tikka masala. Sure, you’ll have to strain to hear your name called out in a thick Indian accent, but that’s half the charm of enjoying quality but affordable Indian chaat.

Location: 724 Allston Way, accessible by the 51 bus
Price: Specials somewhere between $5 and $8
Notes: Also an Indian market right next door

If you’re entertaining your parents or want something a little more filling than Vik’s, head over to North Berkeley’s Ajanta. The menu is always changing, so the restaurant offers different varieties of Indian food. There are always delicious chutneys to choose from, and dinner always comes with naan, rice, a veggie side dish, pickles and (of course) chutney. The best part? You specify your level of spiciness (we recommend high medium for enthusiasts).

Don’t forget to save room for dessert either! You can go with the standard gulab jamun, but the real gourmand delight comes from Ajanta’s kulfi and its cardamom gelato. Oh, Vishnu, we should have eaten before we started writing this post.

Location: 1888 Solano Ave, accessible by the 7 or 18 bus
Price: Around $15 an entree
Notes: Even boasts its own cookbook

Image Source: LWY under Creative Commons
Earlier: 900 Grayson for Brunch

Andrew said:
Apr 20, 2008 at 6:49 pm

I haven’t tried Vik’s Chaat Corner (though I would like to), but HOC is definitely better than Ajanta. The atmosphere is nice, but the tikka masalas, cholays, and daals do not compare.

pir said:
Apr 20, 2008 at 7:43 pm

The Clog does it again!

Neither House of Curries, nor Naan ‘N’ Curry, are Indian food. They are both Pakistani food.

Please get it right from now on.

ryan said:
Apr 21, 2008 at 1:38 pm

You didn’t mention the two best Indian restaurants in Berkeley:

1) Flavors of India (near Safeway on college and alcatraz)

2) Breads of India (Dwight and Sacramento)

pir said:
Apr 21, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Yay, ryan! Indian food is better than Pakistani food.

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