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$15 for $30 Worth of Indian Food at Namaste Madras Indian Cuisine

South Berkeley

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In a Nutshell

Inside the historical Citibank building, a clay oven roasts chicken, lamb, and shrimp, and creamy tomato sauce flavors vegetarian entrees

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Expires Mar 27th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Not valid for lunch. Not valid for the purchase of alcohol. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. 15% service charge not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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


82% of 22 customers recommend

  • “We can hardly call the Biryani as Biryani. The rice had no flavour at all and chicken had some weird smell. The basmati rice is sticky, which should not be the case....”

    “We can hardly call the Biryani as Biryani. The rice had no flavour at all and chicken had some weird smell. The basmati rice is sticky, which should not be the case. The sambar, all the chutneys and idli were very good. And the chicken tikka masala too. Thanks.”

  • “The service was good, the food was excellent and the atmosphere was very nice.”

  • “Thoroughly enjoyed the evening.”

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    South Berkeley

    2323 Shattuck Ave.

    Berkeley, California 94704


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