Ajanta triumphs once again.
I know it's been mentioned in other threads but this place is just outstanding. I used to go there much more often even though its almost 40 miles from my house. Lachu Moorjani is most gracious, and talented and he takes great care in sourcing his ingredients for this green certified establishment. The food is so excellent and consistent. I could eat there frequently without getting tired of the flavors. Many vegetarian options are available including superb lotus root dishes.
I had portobello pakora which were very light and pillowy with a finely spiced dipping sauce. The specials this month include a fine Goan dish, Galina Shakooti which I ordered high medium on the hotness scale. It had many different spices including ajwan seeds and the chicken was sprinkled with dried coconut. There was just enough naan to wipe up every last bit of sauce. The naan itself is noteworthy. Many places make naan too thick so that it's spongy. Ajanta makes it thinner with a nice exterior that's slightly flaky.
The full dinner comes with basmati (brown basmati available), achar, apricot chutney, and pickled carrots with ajwan.
A nice masala chai ended the meal. Unfortunately I was too stuffed to have their great kulfi for desert.
All of the bay area has many indian restaurants to choose from but I've never found anything to compare with Ajanta. The prices are very reasonable and its a lovely room to dine in. The staff is experienced and I've never felt rushed. They recently did a special series of dinners for Diwali. Hopefully more special dinners are in the works.
Thanks to Lachu and his fine staff!
1888 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707