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Best Indian Food in Berkeley?

What is the best Indian in both the "cheapo category" and the "Fancy-Schmancy Category"

What are you votes? I nominate Vick's Chaat Corner for the cheapo category.

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  1. Ajanta wins "Fancy-Schmancy," nothing else comes close.

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    1. re: Morton the Mousse

      I'd give Indus Village (Pakistani, however) the cheapo prize.

      1. re: Morton the Mousse

        Not only "fancy" but a more interesting menu than most, with rotating regional specialties, and tandoori portobellos-mmmm. And a wonderful wine list (yes, wine list!!)

      2. I think the new House of Curries on Solano is quite good at the cheap end. I think they use less ghee than most. If you haven't already, try it.

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        1. re: Curmudgeon

          I second this. was just there ealier today it's my newest fav cheap eats. the quality is very good for the price and quantity of food you get.

          1. re: Curmudgeon

            Good lamb vindaloo and they actually deliver on the heat.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Udupi Palace definitely worth a visit on the cheaper side of things. Their Thali platter is a great deal.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                I totally vote for Vik's and Udupi Palace for cheap, too. They're so different that I couldn't really pick one over the other.

                1. re: coolbean98

                  Easy choice after 6pm, since Vik's closes so early.

              2. Even though it's a chain, Naan n Curry is still my fave! And cheap too...perfect for our budget back when we were in college!

                1. Naan N Curry for the cheapo category. Don't wear anything expensive in there though, it's practically impossible to get the tandoori smoke out of your clothes =)

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                  1. re: Merdy

                    That's no different than most Pakistani places.

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      True, but he asked for cheap and this is always a safe bet.

                      1. re: lj2899

                        Agreed. I prefer the former Naan 'n' Curry on College, which is now called House of Curries but otherwise seems unchanged. Food's pretty much the same as at the Telegraph branch but the space much nicer.

                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                          I know Naan 'n Curry's chicken tikka masala. I was friends with Naan 'n Curry's chicken tikka masala. You, House of Curries are no Naan 'n Curry. But at least your prices are low.