Almost as pleasurable as a restaurant's food are the little rituals that go along with it: perusing the menu, anticipating the meal, and hiding under the table and grabbing passing waiters by their ankles. Drink in the whole experience with this Groupon.
$15 for $30 Worth of Indian Cuisine
The menu warms up gustatory glands with meat and vegetable samosas ($3.95+). Tandoori specialties such as skewered shrimp ($13.95) and boneless lamb ($13.95) cook in a clay oven with a spicy yogurt sauce. Butter chicken ($11.95) is served in a velvety tomato sauce, and biryani rice platters ($10.95–$12.95) mix herbs and spices with a choice of meat. Diners can order dishes à la carte or as part of a thali dinner, which includes small portions of curry, soup, yogurt, rice pilaf, naan, and dessert.
Namaste Madras Indian Cuisine
Passersby might be surprised to smell the aroma of curry drifting past the Corinthian columns and looming, arched windows of the former Citibank building, which now houses Namaste Madras Indian Cuisine. Although the restaurant’s owners have updated the building’s 1926 architecture with cherry-wood accents, a tandoor clay oven, and distinctly Indian decor, including bronze elephants and other statuary, the building still retains some of its original charm. While feasting on a fusion of Northern and Southern Indian cuisine, visitors can crane their necks upward to view the building’s original ceiling, whose ornate beams still display quotes by Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Paul Bunyan, and other founding fathers.
At Namaste Madras Indian Cuisine’s daytime buffet, diners load their plates with piping-hot helpings before the dinnertime rush, when guests order from a menu of vegetarian and nonvegetarian specialties. Among the restaurant’s culinary gems native to the city of Madras, dosa conquers appetites with crepes fashioned out of fermented lentils and rice flour. Taste buds also awaken to the symphony of spices in traditional curries, biryani rice platters, and boneless lamb cooked in the restaurant’s tandoor clay oven.
What distinguishes this restaurant above everything else is their polite and smiling service. The food is outstanding.Dan B., Yelp, 6/14/12
I had an excellent dinner here. Some of the best South Indian food I have had in the Berkeley area. The service was good.Susan W., Yelp, 9/12/12
2323 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, California 94704