Berkeley >Food & Dining > Priya Indian Cuisine
2072 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA | Directions 9470237.868167 -122.292006
Lunch hours: Mon - Sun, 11am - 3pm. Dinner hours: Mon - Fri, 5pm - 10pm; Sat - Sun, 3pm - 10pm
Neighborhoods: Southwst Berkeley
A great Indian restaurant for quick buffet lunches – I've only been to this place for lunch, but I've enjoyed many good meals here. Of the many Indian restaurants in the area that serve buffets, they have one of the best selections and the food is fresh and tasty. The vegetarian dishes seem more spicy than the meat dishes. Perhaps that's because Indian customers prefer those while Americans gravitate more towards meat and don't like as much heat in their seasoning. Since I like spicy food, I try a sampler of their variety of vegetable dishes along with either a goat curry (becoming more popular in these places lately) or the chicken korma.
Food & customer service was not good – I order masala Uttapa & tea on my visit at saturday 09/13/2008 evening
tea was served quickly ,but it was not fresh .
After half an hour a lady came & inform me food is almost ready.Finaly I got my food after 1 hour.
The food was not delicious.
Will never go back thats for sure! – My daughter and I had the worst experience in this restaurant. We were a bit late but hungry for lunch, and were outside this restaurant a little after 3.30pm. We normally go to Berkeley in the evenings and this was a very rare trip, and the very first and definitly the last) visit to this restaurant. The buffet was not impressive though there were many dishes and the food was not remarkable at all. But since we were hungry we expected the fare to be atleast the usual Indian restaurant stuff. We were given a warm Nan at our table and it is appreciated. When we left, we were charged 23.90! Outrageous! and upon enquiry, I was told since it is past 4.00pm, it is considered a 'dinner' buffet. Not that the food was anything to write home about, or that we were served actual meal prepared for dinner, but just that the time was past their advertised lunch time. It would have helped to know this earlier! This was the lousiest and most expensive Indian meal I have had in the bay area. I would not have minded it at all if the food was atleast enjoyable!
unhygenic restaurant – Half way through dinner we had, lets not mention it, .......... crawling over our food and on the wall. When pointed it out the daughter of the owner seemed calm and nonchalant about it. Food ok, nothing to write home about. Too large a menu, no speciality. Everything seemed to be on the menu for namesake, not because they could cook it well or original about it. Seemed like a common street vendor fast food.
Recommended, with reservations – I was very sad to see the old owners of Priya sell out, but the gentleman was crippled with arthritis, and his wife overworked. These days, another family owns the place and the formerly ethereal tandoori chicken wrap took on a new flavour, and not nearly so delicious, though I couldn't say exactly why. Nevertheless, we stuck with it and there are some dishes well worth trying -- the saag dishes are quite good, as is the vindaloo and many of their other dishes. All entrees are availabl either a'la carte or a fully thali dinner, which includes several savory sides as well as one dessert. The sides are always good, but don't determine a favorite, for when you do, it won't be the same next time. Most recently, I've found serious discrepencies between what I order and what I get; either my expectations, memory or delusions are at fault, but there are times when I've ordered (to go, which I usually do), and gotten something so completely and unsatisfyingly different that I called to query whether the kitchen staff has changed. The guy at the cashier's desk always says No! They are always the same; we are all family! but I'm not sure I believe him. As I said, I usually order to go, and things might be different if I ate in, but at this point, these people KNOW me (yes, they do!) and yet I get a variation on the dish I think I know with the same name almost every single time. However, the food is consistently good and the prices are very moderate. I recommend the tandoori chicken wrap (NOT the chicken chili wrap), as well as any of the Saags (moderately spicey, and very good) or Vindaloos (extremely spicy, and soooo tasty). I'm not sure that you can order anything honestly mild at Priya, so if you can't tolerate hot spice, avoid just about anything but the tandoori chicken.
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