I have not eaten at the Berkeley location based on the reviews (mixed) and the inconvenience of getting there and parking. However, when they opened a location (after 3 years of promises and signs in the windows), it was a decent sounding option today for lunch while we were in the area.
First. It's expensive. Not a lot more than other restaurants on the gourmet side, but a tremendous increase over the Chinese side. The food is "gourmet" in that they don't give you very much of it and it's all been tweaked to make it fancy. Third, they have some of the worst service.
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Now. Here's the real kicker. Their chai is terrible. It tastes like milk. There is almost no chai in it. But it's not sweetened and there is no sugar on the table and no one to ask.
The bread was OK, the garlic naan was made with actual garlic, the speciality naan (today's was onion) was okay. There were some greasy sections (which reeked of olives) and it's more expensive than other places. But the bread itself was tolerable. I ate a lot of it while avoiding my rice... the rice was honestly textured more like uncooked Minute Rice than anything else. I was stunned at how well a gourmet place managed to replicate the detriments to frozen ethnic dinners.
Verdict: lousy and overpriced with terrible service
Breads of India
10th and Clay