This white-tablecloth northern Indian restaurant draws diners from all over the city who come for the tandoori specialties—chicken, lamb, breads. Classics like saag paneer (spinach with Indian cheese), aloo gobhi (potato, cauliflower, and spices), and bengan bartha (roasted eggplant with onions and spices) are also excellent. The chef wants to keep his clientele around for the long haul, too, and puts a little "heart healthy" icon on the menu next
to items that warrant it. On Friday and Saturday night, famished patrons overflow onto the sidewalk to wait for open tables; some retreat next door to the affiliated Clay Oven. If you linger too long over a mango lassi or the excellent kheer (rice pudding) on one of these nights, you'll likely be hurried along by a waiter. For better service, come on a weeknight or for lunch.
233 Fillmore St., San Francisco, California, 94117, USA
May 5, 2005
Drab interior featuring watered down Indian food. I can make it better myself - most of us Brits feel that way.
May 2, 2001
Their food was great, but service and the management were deplorable. With a 7:45 reservation, we were made to wait till 8:20 to get in. Anyway, half way through the meal we ordered another dish (Biryani) and the server told us that it would be 15 minutes for it. We waited for 30 minutes after that point without anybody checking on us. After 30 minutes, we inquired of it and our server very non-chalantly told us without any hint of an apology (and
I quote) "Oh, you still haven't got it ? Do you still want it ?" Obviously, we decided to skip the biryani and dessert. Afterwards, I figured I walked up the manager and told him - "the food was great, but the service was terrible". When asked why, I told him about this incident and his answer was "well, this dish was not on your order(the initial one), so I can't do anything about it". I agreed, but like we all do, we'd ordered half way into our meal. He could care less let alone apologize.