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Campus Biryani and Kebab

Update: Campus Biryani and Kebab is now called Campus Biryani & Gyros.

In a word: Delicious subcontinental fare served with a smile.

The specs: #0139
Address, hours & details via Isthmus; reviews at Yelp, WiSJ, the Culinary Adventures of Jahboh and Tossy, 77Square; Campus Biryani & Rotisserie on Urbanspoon

Chris, John and JM ate the chicken biryani.
Sean ate the mutton biryani.
Nichole ate the mustard greens and spinach curry.
The bill was about $30, or $7.50/person, plus tip.
Chris, JM and Nichole gave Campus Biryani & Kebab an A-; Sean gave Campus Biryani and Kebab a B+; John gave Campus Biryani & Kebab a B (see our grading rubric).

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We picked an absolutely terrible, blizzardy night to try Campus Biryani. Thankfully, all's well that ends well. The chef/proprietor was more than welcoming and the freshly prepared, spicy food warmed us right up.

Of the biryani and rice, everyone said they'd definitely try it again (though John mentioned he would bring extra crackers to cut the spice). The chicken was tasty, the mutton tender and very flavorful; and the heat played across the whole palate, while not overwhelming the distinct taste of the ingredients.

The order of mustard greens and spinach curry elicited a pleased, "Ooooh!" from the chef. The dish was yummy, too, though it might have gone better with rice than naan. The light, fluffy naan, however, was more popular (with us newbies, anyway) than the dense paratha bread.

Chris, who wisely walked to meet us rather than trying to drive in the blizzard, wanted to point out the added bonus that no one there thought he was weird for sitting by himself for 45 minutes - and the tea was good.

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haha, i saw you guys there, i was there that same night. that's a great place, and a block from my house so I go there often. stay away from the liver/kidney currey though, it's good....but just a little too far out there for me.

Thanks for the tip. Mm, organ meats. C'mon over and say hi next time!

Perhaps it would have been OK if he just had been rude on the phone. Perhaps it would have been OK if he could not find our house when given directions twice. Perhaps, it would have even been OK if he had gotten my order wrong. However, in the space of two hours and 15 minutes since we placed our order and got our lukewarm food delivered, i could not say all was OK. The lassi was watery and the unordered chicken biryani was mediocre at best. Instead of giving us our money back, the delivery guy gave a shadowy promise for a "compensation next time" without bothering to take our names/phone number. Rest assured, there won't be a next time, and I hope there will not be a first time for any of you.

I've given this place three shots as I regularly work and go to class just a few blocks away. Each time I was disappointed. In all three cases, the rice was not fresh and the main disk was lukewarm. If you want a good laugh, order the Chicken Tikka Masala. Best of all, the owner will blow you off until you actively try to order.

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