Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Spice Up Your Life

I've been hankering for some good Indian food for quite some time now so I was super excited that my aunts wanted to take me out for dinner at Khana Peena when I visited them this past Monday. Khana Peena is this great restaurant that serves Northern Indian cuisine in three East Bay locations: Solano Ave and Oxfort St (both in Berkeley) and on Rockridge in Oakland. If you're in the area, I highly recommend it. We happened to go to the Solano Ave location.

This was my second time around at Khana Peena and it was just as delicious as the first time I went last year. We started off with vegetable samosas and papadum (a kind of thin lentil wafer/chip). Food is served family style and we had about 6 different main dishes to choose from. The Tandoori Mint Chicken was surprisingly yummy even though it was a bright shade of St. Patrick's Day green. I also enjoyed the Aloo Gobi which was a potato and cauliflower concoction and my favorite from the first time was the Lamb Vindaloo.
Of course, everything should be eaten with their most delicious Naan (Indian style bread... kinda tortilla like). They offer their Naan in a myriad of flavors, but I find the plain Naan to be exceptionally awesome for dipping into the sauces of the various dishes. My favorite sauce was probably the one that went with this vegetable dumpling dish. I'm sorry I can't remember the name of the dish itself, but believe me... it was scrumptious. The Chicken Korma was probably my second favorite dish of the night. BTW - their Cold Chai is yumm-o! Man, this post is making me hungry!

[not the food we had, but still looks pretty delicious]

Khana Peena may be a bit pricey for my college student budget, but they do have an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for around $9 so I may have to come back again for that. The service there was excellent and feel free to ask your server for recommendations if you're having trouble narrowing down your options. So if you're in the neighborhood and craving something spicy and full of flavor, Khana Peena is the place to go! Just check out their site for the full menu!

But you don't have to take my word for it!

...Didn't have my camera on me so these pictures are all taken from Khana Peena's webpage


stefrose said...

i came by to read your comic con blog, and i saw this one.

i LOVE indian cuisine.
have you been to bombay in hillcrest?

juligie™ said...

good call Stef!

I've been to bombay in hillcrest! yum! and they have the cool monday night buffet special! can't beat that! Next time carmeL is in san diego, i will definitely take her there! i totally forgot about that place! thanks for the reminder =)

Unknown said...

the best indian up in the bay or in berkeley is Naan n' Curry on Telegraph. hella cheap too. YEEEE!