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oakjoan Mar 8, 2007 11:25 AM

We're thinking of Kabana, but would like some other suggestions. There'll be 4 of us and we don't want to spend big bucks - under $20 each including everything.

Also were thinking of Indus Village but somebody said the chairs were torture...any info?

  1. nicedragonboy Mar 8, 2007 11:53 AM

    Platano on University has been pretty good last couple times I've been. and the prices are very reasonable.

    1. Morton the Mousse Mar 8, 2007 11:55 AM

      Ajanta? You can keep it under $20 if you order your entrees a la carte.

      1. grishnackh Mar 8, 2007 12:27 PM

        You'll also go home hungry.

        I'd recommend Udupi Palace on University if any of your lot are vegetarians.

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        1. re: grishnackh
          oakjoan Mar 8, 2007 01:41 PM

          We're not vegs, but like veg cooking. Is Udupi Palace ONLY veg?

          Re: Ajanta - While I like the food, the place doesn't appeal to me at all. The last couple of times the place was not very full and it's even more stiff when it's not bustling.

          What is Platano? Central American? Mexican?

          1. re: oakjoan
            Robert Lauriston Mar 8, 2007 02:08 PM

            Udupi is one of my favorite cheap restaurants. Strictly vegetarian, but I'm a meat-loving omnivore and crave their thali from time to time. Very filling.

            My other favorite cheap places are Holy Land (Israeli / Middle Eastern), Jayakarta (Indonesian), and Lanesplitter (pizza and superior beer).

            New potential favorite is Shanghai, hidden location upstairs above a Durant food court.

            Platano is Salvadorean.

            Indus Village is worth a try. Not everybody hates the chairs.

            1. re: oakjoan
              coolbean98 Mar 8, 2007 02:51 PM

              Platano is Salvadorean, same owners as Kaliente in Pinole. I just went there last night and the pupusas weren't great, but the plantanos con frijoles y crema were very ripe and yummy! Small plates mostly, so it's easy to stay under $20.

              I am a fan of Kabana and like their spice better than Indus Village, but I think Indus Village is a little nicer looking and I really like quite a few of their dishes. But yes, the chairs make my back hurt. They're surprisingly straight. :-/

              I second Udupi Palace!

          2. rworange Mar 8, 2007 01:58 PM

            Plantanos is Central American. It is a branch, so to speak, of Kaliente in El Sobrante which makes good pupusas.

            My computer is crashing, so I can't search. You might consider Chaat & Curries on San Pablo near University. A slightly different spin on Indian ... slightly ... The owners are from Nepal and while nothing is really Nepalese, some of the food is a bit different. I've never been bothered by the chairs at Indus Village. You could always stop by and take them for a test spin.

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              Joel Mar 8, 2007 02:00 PM

              Udupi is only veg, but I recommend it -- and you'll spend a lot less than $20.

              We had a good meal at Flavors of India at 3211 College (almost at the Oakland border) for $14 apiece, but be sure to order "spicy." And make a reservation - it's been discovered.

              1. rworange Mar 8, 2007 02:03 PM

                Oh, if it doesn't have to be Indian/Pakistani, there's a new Thai place on University called The Palms. It replace the Lao restaurant up near Udupi. Haven't tried it yet though.

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