Hours: Daily 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Ajanta does elegant Indian food in a low-key and understated setting. Although they certainly offer all the old the old standbys, perfectly rendered, you're better off going for something like the tandoori scallops or the cardamom gelato.
With its fancy light fixtures, white tablecloths, and abundant silverware (a big fork and a little fork), Ajanta is one of the East Bay’s more elegant Indian restaurants. More importantly, the food is as varied as it is refined, with a focus on creative preparations of harder-to-find regional specialties. Chef-owner Lachu Moorjani eschews typical curry-house standards such as chana masala and aloo gobi. Instead, the rotating menu of regional dishes might include things like seyal machi — perfectly cooked fish fillets served over a lush caramelized onion sauce — or dakshini gosht, a South Indian braised lamb dish with all the richness and depth of a good beef bourguignon. Even humble offerings like the mango lassi and the assortment of naan breads are much better than average. Reservations recommended.
Payment Type: Cash, all major credit cards
Uses organic produce and sustainably raised meats.