Multicultural pub serves Indian favorites such as chicken tikka masala and lamb sagwala alongside 200 beers and local wines
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Kennedy's Irish Pub & Indian Curry House
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Chefs enlist clay oven to cook authentic Indian & Pakistani lamb, chicken & seafood dishes & six types of naan bread in colorful eatery
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Raavi Pakistani Indian Cuisine
Curries made with halal lamb, prawns cooked Punjabi style, and homemade cheese
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Naan N Curry
Authentic Indian Cuisine, including eight varieties of naan and tandoori dishes and curries featuring chicken, lamb, and seafood
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Traditional Northern Indian dishes made with organic produce, free-range meats, and artisan spices handpicked in India
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Steaming plates of channa masala with garbanzo beans and lamb boti kebabs pair with baskets of assorted naans and rotis
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The Ultimate Lounge
A futuristic bar and lounge serves as the setting for Indian eats like tandoori chicken, samosas, pakora, and lamb biryani
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Eatery infuses traditional Indian flavors into innovative dishes and regional specialties
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Chefs who specialize in northern Mughlai cuisine and traditional Punjabi cooking whip up saag paneer, goat biryani, and butter chicken
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Aasna, Melange of India
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Clay Oven Grill & Bar
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Yelpers give both the 18th Street and Filmore Street locations four stars. Zagat gives the food a very good to excellent, and 75% of Urbanspooners like it:
The Vibe: The restaurant has a no-frills atmosphere. But people don’t come here for the decor, they come here for the food.
Inside Tip: There’s a particular order to ordering at Shalimar. Take a menu, claim a table, and only then proceed to the counter—your food will appear either there or at your table. While you’re at the counter grab some hot chai from the dispenser. Pay afterward.
Awards and Accolades
About the Bread: The cooks bake about a dozen types of bread in-house. These range in complexity from roti flatbread to specialty naan filled with paneer, spicy chicken, and onion.
Paneer: a white South Asian cheese made from boiling cow's or water buffalo's milk and curdling it with whey; it dates back to at least 6,000 BC.
Vindaloo: a spicy Indian curry with a sweet-and-sour taste; it was originally modified from a Portuguese dish.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Little Delhi’s owners have opened a second regional-Indian eatery, Holy Kitchen (4166 24th Street).
Separated from India and Nepal by half a world, Urban Curry brings highlights of the two countries' revered culinary traditions to the local area. Standing out from from the pack with dishes such as Nepalese momo dumplings and a daily fish curry, The San Francisco Chronicle took notice and hailed the eatery as a restaurant that’s “worth finding." Here, the chefs remain faithful to tradition whenever possible, making paneer cheese in-house, using only halal meats, and importing spices directly from India and Pakistan. Standouts include aromatic curries and tandoor-roasted meats—and yet they don’t rule here exclusively. The menu’s large selection of vegetarian-friendly items incorporate many of the same unmistakable flavors.
Once inside the restaurant, it’s easy to forget you’re not actually dining on the other side of the world. Sconces gently light the shadow-dense room, and gilt-framed paintings and white linens make for a vibe that feels lifted from history books.
Anyone who finds chicken tikka masala or lamb vindaloo old hat has not been to Aslam's Rasoi. Chef Mohammed Aslam's Indian-Pakistani restaurant on Valencia Street has been breathing new life into the classics for almost ten years, and comes in several notches above the standard Indian buffet. This earth-toned darling of intrepid Bay Area eaters everywhere is noted for its dim, candle-lit yet boisterous atmosphere and a host of flavor profiles that stand out even among already heavily-seasoned South Asian cuisine. And unlike nearby Udupi Palace, which is certainly a treasure in its own right, it's not strictly vegetarian. Anyone on the hunt for some of the city’s best roast chicken, be advised: the slightly smoky tandoor in Aslam's kitchen has magic powers.
Extraordinary seafood isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the cuisine of India. But Gajalee in the Mission emphasizes the saltwater delicacies from coastal states like Kerala and Goa, and unlike the usual gut-bomber Indian fare, this particular restaurant is refined – ethereal, even. You won’t find naan here, only paratha and chapati, but that’s sort of the point. Yellow-walled, trimmed with wood accents, Gajalee’s walls are lined with Indian art and its ceiling is painted with mesmerizing blue whirlpools. When the gastronomic avant-garde leaves the stomach wanting more, turn to homestyle food from the subcontinent that’s been comforting people for hundreds of years.