Come along with Nosh as we explore East Bay restaurants in photographs. This week we focus on Ajanta restaurant in Berkeley. Chef Lachu Moorjani began offering a tasting menu in the winter. It costs $27 — or $24 for the vegetarian version — and must be ordered by everyone at the table. Moorjani shifts the menu, representing the “best of the best” at Ajanta, slightly each month. (Ajanta invited Nosh to come check out the new menu, and provided the food pictured here free of charge.)

If you’ve tried the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. If you’d like to submit your own photo gallery for consideration from a meal you enjoyed, please email for more information. You can also add photographs to our Flickr group. (Scroll down for captions. Photos by Emilie Raguso.)

NOSH on the town: Ajanta

(1) Lachu Moorjani, owner of Ajanta. (2) Appetizers in the chef’s tasting menu, portion size of three. (3) Tandoori chicken chaat. (4) Tandoori scallops. (5) Portobello mushrooms. (6) Main dishes in the chef’s tasting menu, served with basmati rice and naan. (7) Lamb rib chops. (8) Chicken mulligatawney. (9) Green fish curry. (10) Achari baingan (eggplant). (11) Carrot pickles, mango chutney, hot pickles. (12) Roses and ribs. (13) Kulfi. (14) Gelato (right) and kulfi. (15) The March menu. (16) The dining room. (17) Ceiling light boxes. (18) Entrance. (19) Ajanta on Solano.

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist of the Year...