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Good Halal Restaurant in Berkeley

tan_infa Jun 17, 2011 11:49 AM

Hi, Can anyone suggest a decent halal restaurant in Berkeley with good ambiance?

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    abstractpoet RE: tan_infa Jun 17, 2011 12:22 PM

    I love Indus Village, which is Halal Pakistani. The food is great, but the atmosphere is very casual. The restaurant is perfectly clean and the service perfectly friendly (if not extremely attentive), but if you're looking for something fancy or trendy, it probably won't fit the bill.

    That said, I don't actually know of any other restaurants in Berkeley that market themselves as Halal.

    Indus Village Restaurant
    1920 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

    1. wolfe RE: tan_infa Jun 17, 2011 12:23 PM

      Indus Village, friendly people ambience better when busy. Inexpensive and the pretty but uncomfortable chairs are gone.

      Indus Village Restaurant
      1920 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

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        ML8000 RE: tan_infa Jun 17, 2011 12:32 PM

        A 3rd on Indus Village. They have a very light touch on food that's easy to bog down. No vague steam table ready stuff here. The prices are great considering the quality.

        Hey so when I walk by or go there I notice the patio and tables next door in the lot, is that part of Indus or something else? Eating outside would be great on a nice day.

        Indus Village Restaurant
        1920 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

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          abstractpoet RE: ML8000 Jun 17, 2011 12:59 PM

          I don't think it's part of Indus, but I don't know - didn't there used to be a little farm stand that would be set up there on weekends, with good lentils and such? I haven't noticed it for a while.


        2. wolfe RE: tan_infa Jun 17, 2011 12:37 PM

          Turkish Kitchen?
          Not Berkeley but close Zaki Kabob House.

          Turkish Kitchen
          1984 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

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            abstractpoet RE: wolfe Jun 17, 2011 12:49 PM

            Is Zaki Kabob halal? It doesn't mention it on their website. If so, that would be another good pick because the ambiance there is quite pleasant, especially when they have live music on the weekends (though this makes conversation difficult).

            In SF (WAY out in SF), I love Old Mandarin Islamic - but it's very much a hole in the wall.

            Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant
            3132 Vicente St, San Francisco, CA 94116

            Zaki Kabob House
            1101 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

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              wolfe RE: abstractpoet Jun 17, 2011 03:09 PM

              "I've got a little list--I've got a little list" W.S. Gilbert


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            the mess RE: tan_infa Jun 27, 2011 02:01 PM

            For me, Kabana (also halal Pakistani, around the corner) is an easy choice over Indus Village. Every meal at Kabana is a plate-licker. It has been over a year since I've visited either, however, so things may have changed.

            Indus Village Restaurant
            1920 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

            Kabana Restaurant
            1106 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

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