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From Big Sur's killer cliff-clinging eateries to Salinas' unparalleled produce, this blog aims to sniff out all things Monterey County can stomach, via picture and prose, curiosity and appetite, hand and mouth.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Instant Karma

Namaste, y'all.

A new lunch spot has landed on Alvarado in Monterey. Karma Cafe (920-1310), from the festive and friendly folks at Indian Summer (372-4744) between the Portola Hotel and Benihana near Fisherman's Wharf, opened yesterday next to the Mucky Duck.

Local artist Amanda Burkman is working on magnetic murals for the walls. Owner Rocky Rana is fashioning a menu like that of Indian Summer, where tandooris and tikka, kebabs and papads decorate a sizeable lineup of subcontinetal grub. No word on hookas here, but there are plenty of treats like masala lassis and darjeeling tea.

"There's nothing more than $10," Rana says. "You can get rice, curry and naan for that." That should attact the younger crowd, among others. So will some surprising hours. Rana says the joint will be open till midnight during the week and 4am (!) on weekends. He adds that beer and wine is on the way in as little as two weeks, though that seems optimistic.

And a welcoming lotus flower on the wall.