Hours: Daily 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Sun.–Thu. 5–9 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 5–10 p.m.
At this casual Indian restaurant in Uptown Oakland, chef Bhupender Singh takes aim at the office lunch crowd with an emphasis on quick curries that the kitchen can crank out in just three to five minutes. As originally conceived, the restaurant was supposed to have a big focus on Indian street foods, and some of the best dishes can be found in the remnants of that menu — the hot-sauce-doused masala fries are a glorious thing. On the other hand, the mix-and-match curry section of the menu is more uneven, but highlights include coconut-milk-base fish curry and the malai kofta, which are tofu dumplings served in a fiery, bright-red, tomato-based gravy. The food tends to come very mild by default, so if you like your curries with the heat dialed up, make sure you specifically request that they be served spicy.
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