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Aug 24, 2008 11:33 AM

Rice n Spice West Berkeley

Anyone tried the newish Indian Restaurant, Rice n Spice, in the old Ahlishan/Bosphorus location at 1025 University Avenue half a block below San Pablo yet?

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  1. I've been there a couple of times and the food is fresh and good and surprisingly inexpensive. I highly recommend it.

    1. Did Bosphorus close or move?

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      1. re: katya

        Closed quite a while ago. The time we went it was really not good. Beans and weiners on the buffet...

      2. Dropped in for lunch today with 3 co-workers and we all gave it the thumbs up.

        We ordered the chicken biryani, paneer tikka masala, a channa chicken dish, with a few orders of nan. We came in on the late side of lunch and the place was almost empty. The food was a bit slow to arrive but well worth the wait. I thought the biryani was particularly good, exploding with really appetizing aromas and complex flavors. It was spicy, but not at all overpowering. The paneer tikka was delicous too, and slightly tangier than other chicekn tikka preparations I've had. The nan was really good too. Light, steamy, not at all greasy with a nice crispy crust. I thought the tea was a bit odd, serer buffet style from a large pot pre-creamed and sweetened. Maybe its an acquired taste?. Four of us ate for $32. Definitely worth a return trip.

        Rice N Spice
        1025 University Ave, Berkeley, CA

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          1. re: wolfe

            Doh! Yeah, I think it was chai. I'm so retro...

        1. Rice 'n' Spice is closing on May 30th. They are in the process of looking for a new location somewhere in Berkeley. If any tipsters want to give them the heads-up of any locations, please feel free to let them know.

          In the meantime, you have until the 30th for Indian/Pakistani cuisine that is pretty inexpensive and free chai tea for dine-in folks.

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          1. re: Jason Kwong

            Do you know why they're closing/moving?

            1. re: sydthekyd

              You think perhaps landlord problems?
              Closing on May 30th!
              Rice 'n' Spice Customers, our last night will be May 30, 2010 at the University and 9th location. We are hoping to find a new location soon. Please continue to visit the website and/or email us to learn more as soon as we find a new location. We thank you for your patronage, and we hope to serve you again in the immediate future. Thanks from the Malik family!

            2. re: Jason Kwong

              It's my go-to Indian place in Berkeley for lunch. I was a bit concerned about its survival; it's usually not very busy during lunch time.

              1. re: tvr172

                Well, the timing could not be worse, I was told by one of the owners that business was really starting to pick up for dine-in. They were doing great for delivery and take-out.