2008

Kirala Restaurant Review, Berkeley

Posted by Foodnut.com

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Kirala

2100 Ward St (At Shattuck)

Berkeley, CA 94705

510-549-3486

Kirala Website

Kirala Berkeley Exterior

Kirala is a popular Japanese restaurant in Berkeley. They have 2 locations. The one in North Berkeley is a to go shop. They do no take reservations, so the place fills up rapidly. We came for lunch. They have a separate lunch menu as well as a sushi menu.

Kirala Berkeley Interior

Kirala Berkeley Sushi Bar

Sushi Bar

Decor, Vibe – Classic Japanese restaurant decor. Lots of workers in their 30’s and 40’s were eating lunch.

Menu Pictures

Kirala Berkeley Menu 5

Kirala Berkeley Menu 4

Lunch Menu

Kirala Berkeley Menu 3

Sushi Menu

Kirala Berkeley Menu 7

Appetizers

Kirala Berkeley Menu 12

Dinner Menu

Kirala Berkeley Menu 13

Kirala Berkeley Menu 10

Kirala Berkeley Menu 11

Kirala Berkeley Menu 9

Kirala Berkeley Menu 8

Kirala Berkeley Menu 14

Wine List

Kirala Berkeley Menu 15

Kirala Berkeley Menu 6

Picks:

Kirala Berkeley Sushi Special

Sushi Lunch Special ($12.95) had 3 pieces of real crab California roll, hand rolled Unagi sushi, salmon ball, and 4 different types of fish sushi. Very good quality all around, even the miso soup was good.

Kirala Berkeley Kitchen Lunch Special

Kitchen Lunch Special ($11.25) came with a small chicken teriyaki, piece of cooked sea bass, and a Mushroom Soba noodle. Great variety and good quality all around. They have a sample the lunch special placed right near the front door every day.

Kirala Berkeley Nabayaki Udon

Nabayaki Udon ($8.75) with Batter fried shrimp tempura, poached egg & vegetables came out very hot and steam from the stove. Lots of noodles, fish cakes, a nicely tempura’d shrimp.

OK:

Kirala Berkeley Seaweed Salad

Seaweed Salad ($5.50) had Sesame seasoned seaweed mix and tasted average. Good quantity, but nothing special.

Pans:
None

Kirala has above average service. Lunch was a good deal. Dinner is more expensive, but they have a much more extensive dinner menu including many small plates of Robata grilled items. Cannot wait to try it sometime. They also have a large Sake selection. Wines by the glass start at $5.25, Bottles from a reasonable $23.
This is one of the best Japanese restaurants in the East Bay. Be sure to give it a try if you like Sushi.
Berkeley Bowl is two blocks away, be sure to visit this interesting supermarket.

Kirala2 Berkeley Menu 2

Kirala2 Berkeley Menu 1

Kirala 2 To Go menu

Kirala2 Berkeley To Go

Kirala 2 To Go Selection

Kirala 2 (To Go)
1511-D Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709
510-649-1384

Kirala on Urbanspoon

Kirala Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Excellent)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine, Sake
Attire:Casual
Hours:Tue-Fri 11:30am- 2pm, Mon-Sat 5:30pm-9:30pm, Sun 5-9pm
Parking:Street
Reservations:No
Prices:$6.50 - $21 (Lunch), $9.25 - $25.50 (Dinner)
Posted on November 21st, 2008
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