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In Focus: Curry Village

  • Specialty: Indian cuisine
  • Best known for: the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet
  • Must-try dish: chicken tikka masala
  • Must-try vegetarian dish: matar paneer with fresh cheese and peas
  • Number of customizable spice levels: three—mild, medium, and hot
  • What to order for a break from the heat: mango lassi

1386 9th Ave
San Francisco,
CA
US

Masala Dosa: A User’s Guide

North and South Indian Cuisine | Seafood Dishes | Halal Meat | Vegetarian Offerings

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: Bombay pakora, deep-fried chickpea-battered calamari
  • Entree: wild salmon vindaloo
  • Vegetarian entree: dai curry with spiced yellow lentils
  • Bread: naan stuffed with goat cheese
  • Dessert: carrot halva

About the Owner: For owner Zaffar, his love of food goes all the way back to his mother’s cooking. That passion hasn’t faded, either—after 21 years in the industry, he still enjoys spending time in the kitchen, which is where visitors will often find him.

Vocab Lesson
Pakora: an Indian snack made of chicken, fish, veggies, or paneer, battered in chickpeas or lentils and lightly fried, usually served with chutney.
Vindaloo: a spicy Indian curry with a sweet-and-sour taste; it was originally modified from a Portuguese dish.

While You’re in the Neighborhood

  • Seek out rare copies of long-loved DVDs (and VHS tapes) at Le Video (1231 9th Avenue).
  • Expand your knowledge of the universe at California Academy of Sciences

1375 9th Avenue
San Francisco,
CA
US

Naturally, two dishes in particular feature prominently at Naan N Curry. Eight types of naan, stuffed with everything from potatoes to cheese, emerge from the kitchen along with seafood, chicken, lamb, and vegetarian curries. There are plenty of tandoori dishes as well, including chicken tikka kebabs and marinated lamb chops. To extend their meal, diners can order chai tea and rice pudding for dessert or simply figure out a way to smuggle a sleeping bag into the pantry.

716 Irving St
San Francisco,
CA
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San Francisco,
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1793 Haight St
San Francisco,
CA
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Four Things to Know About Roti Indian Bistro

Established in 2005, Roti Indian Bistro coaxes visitors into its warm, inviting space at two different locations: San Francisco and San Mateo. Inside both, diners enjoy a culinary tour through India while feasting upon lunch and dinner specialties. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you stop by:

  • The food is considered modern Indian. That means curries are lighter and spices are less intense, but dishes don't lose the therapeutic qualities of traditional Indian cuisine.
  • Tandoor ovens are heavily relied upon. Though these mesquite-fired clay structures can't win "Employee of the Month" honors, they put in their fair share of work churning out roasted meats and fresh breads—including the addictive goat-cheese naan.
  • Garam masala is made in house from Roti’s own special blend of toasted spices.
  • Try cooking the restaurant's dishes at home. Recipes for some of the most popular dishes are posted on the bistro's website, including one for customer favorite, chicken tikka masala.

53 W Portal Ave
San Francisco,
CA
US