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Shalimar Restaurant

Indian and Pakistani Food | Tandoori Meats | Calcutta-Style Counter Service | Exotic Ingredients

Sample Menu

  • Bread: garlic naan
  • Appetizer: skewers of ground-beef seekh kabab
  • Entree: chicken tikka masala
  • Drink: mango lassi

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

  • Two-time winner of SF Weekly’s award for Best Indian
  • Two two-star (“very good”) reviews on SFGate, which praised the food for being “fresh, cooked to order, and alive with aromatic spices.”

Menu Poetry

  • “Our curries are as evocative as spring and as mild as May.”
  • About the mili juli sabzi: “Stir-fried and left to simmer in their natural juice that brings out a rainbow of scrumptious flavors.”

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In Focus: Lahore Karahi

  • Specialties: Indian and Pakistani curries, tandoori dishes, and naan
  • Fan favorites: chicken tikka masala, tandoori fish, garlic naan
  • Vegetarian picks: vegetable korma and saag paneer
  • Signature Pakistani dish: saga gosht (lamb prepared with spinach and herbs)
  • Number of naans: 10
  • Complimentary drink: chai tea
  • BYOB: yes
  • Ambiance: very casual, with sports games streaming on a flat-screen TV
  • Pro tip: all food is made to order, so be prepared to wait
  • Milestone: founding chef Guddu Haider sold the restaurant in 2012, handing it over to new management

612 Ofarrell St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Exotic aromas waft through the air at Naan -N- Curry, where flavor sculptors assemble a menu of authentic Indian and Pakistani cuisine from fresh ingredients and traditional recipes. Well-stocked buffets and individual entrees brim with lamb, chicken, and prawns dressed in Southeast Asia's world-renowned spices and inside-out tuxedos. Chefs enlist a clay oven to roast tandoori meats and adorn vegetarian options with spinach, eggplant, and house-made paneer cheese. Diners can tote along their own adult sippables to pair with six types of naan bread, which come stuffed with fillings such as meat, potatoes, or garlic. Colorful tapestries drape down from the O'Farrell Street location's ceiling, obscuring glowing overhead lights and other visitors' obtrusive thought bubbles.

336 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco,
CA
US