Ethnic in Berkeley Area
Four of us are meeting in Benicia and would like to have some of our meals in the Berkeley area. We are looking for Chinese, Pakistani, and other ethnic places. We have dined at the Kabana along University and loved it.
Great China is great for northern chinese eats -- Peking duck excellent. Lots of discussion on this board about it.
I also suggest Ethiopian food -- there are tons of places on the Telegraph Ave corridor. We regularly frequent Cafe Collucci, but there are many places. If you haven't had Ethiopian before, you are in for a fun experience! Most of the places have a veg combo and a meat combo which are great places to start exploring. Wot is a saucy dish -- think of it as african curry (but different spice mixture). Tibs is like a saute.
Recently I've been fond of Chengdu Style Restaurant for casual, home-style Sichuan. It's right by the UC campus.
I'd call to confirm their hours; I don't know if they might scale back during the summer months.
Everest Cafe and Hamro Aangan are both very good for Nepali food (which have similar flavor profiles to Pakistani). Sabuy Sabuy II is the best Thai in the area - just ask them to make you food, letting them know your likes/dislikes, and they'll make you a feast. (Dinner only)
Ajanta (Indian) on Solano. Check their website; every month they offer a few regional specialties that are unusual.
1888 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707
Ph: (510) 526-4373
There's also EurAsia, which despite its Richmond address is just a couple of miles straight down San Pablo Ave. from Berkeley, where El Cerrito runs into Albany. The menu is mostly Mongolian, with a few Russian dishes, one Hungarian dish, and one Uzbecki dish. There is a large menu of Japanese items which is NOT recommended. We ate there; you have to really, really like onions because they're in everything! It's a real hole in the wall; go for the experience, not because the food is great. Although it is cheap (smile):
12221 San Pablo Ave., Richmond, CA
No website; menu at: http://richmond.eat24hours.com/eurasi...