In Downtown Berkeley late night booze runs are tricky. You either head down to MLK and do your beer buying at the Valero gas station or you go up to Shattuck and hit up KP Deli. The former is closer to my apartment but KP Deli is the closest thing to a big city bodega we have in downtown Berkeley.
What you’re not expecting to find at a liquor store is delicious Indian food. In addition to liquor, KP Deli has Mexican ice cream, TP, Hot Cheetos, and an Indian food buffet. The food is no joke and the Aggarwal family is not just running a mom and pop operation. Deepak Aggarwal also owns Khana Peena in Rockridge, Mint Leaf turned Tigerlily in the Gourmet Ghetto, and East Bay Spice Company in downtown Berkeley.
I tried the aloo phali, which is for some reason spelled “Aloo Falee” at the counter. It’s curry potatoes and green beans. Delicious. Yelpers rave that the samosas are crispy and the chicken tikka masala is juicy.
In my opinion, the customer service is shoddy. When I get 6 cans of soda at Valero, the proprietor carries them up to the counter for me (how does he hold 6 cans at once, he’s magic?) and gives me a six-pack price. Speaking of prices, KP Deli is more fucking expensive than you can imagine. It’s a tradeoff because zilch is open late in downtown Berkeley and boy do they know it. Gouge gouge.