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Indian/Pakistani Buffet near Arguello blvd / Geary Blvd in SF

shawndang Oct 23, 2006 08:49 PM

I'll be in SF near Arguello Blvd@ Geary Blvd. Are there any good pakistani/Indian buffets around. I am not limited to this area I am willing to dive a bit. I'll be free from 12:00-5pm and will have a car.

I like tandoori dishes, not much of a veggie person. I've heard Berekley might be a good place indian/pakistani buffet, I dont mind driving there provided its good food. I like Punjabi/pakistani style dishes. Don't care much for South Indian food. Although my wife loves South Indian food.

I have read other posts on indian buffet but most seem outdated.

Also any recommendation for dinner (any cuisine not picky) before I head back to Fresno (farm land). I'll be traveling on 580 east to 99 south.

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    shawndang Oct 28, 2006 08:49 AM

    We ended up at Darbar for lunch it was okay. I've had better. We ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala, and saag gosht, Naan (probably the best I've had) rice.

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    1. re: shawndang
      ChowFun_derek Oct 28, 2006 04:47 PM

      I walked by Star India yesterday..saw the lunch and dinner buffet sign outside...when I peered in ...there seemed to be quite a few Indians inside...which I suppose is a good sign..either that or having the Consulate a few feet away naturally feeds into their business, good or not...

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      shawndang Oct 27, 2006 01:14 AM

      Where are all the hounds at? Does Star of India offer North Indian cuisine?

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      1. re: shawndang
        Neilo Oct 27, 2006 01:24 AM

        The hounds are probably not at Indian Buffets. I have never been to a good Indian buffet. Darbar is good and worth trying. Pakwan in the Mission at 16th and Guerrero is also good enough to seek out. Shalimar is a greasy mess that is pretty delicious, Jones at Geary.

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          Robert Lauriston Oct 27, 2006 01:48 AM

          Indian and other lunch buffets are a regular topic of discussion. Helmand's (Afghan) seems to be a board favorite. Priya in Berkeley used to have an amazingly huge selection.


          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            Neilo Oct 27, 2006 03:13 PM

            have you (or anyone you've known) been to a recommendable Indian Buffet in SF? I'd love to find one too.

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            TomG Oct 29, 2006 12:20 AM

            Neilo, For $7.99 give the Star a try and get back to the board with your opinion.

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          shawndang Oct 26, 2006 04:21 PM

          Any reviews of Star India? Is it South Indian or North Indian food? Also I dont mind driving for possibly the best Indian / pakistani buffet in the area.

          Some have mentioned Darbar is this resturant good? I like the fact I can BYOB. I know they don't have a buffet but if its good and reasonable that might be the ticket.

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            TomG Oct 24, 2006 09:55 PM

            Correcto!! They also have a dinner buffet @ $7.99.

            1. ChowFun_derek Oct 24, 2006 12:16 AM

              Arguello at Geary is the site of the Indian Consulate, so there are a good number of Indian restaurants in the area...I personally don't know if any have a buffet...but I would have no problem calling the Consulate and asking them!!

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              1. re: ChowFun_derek
                srr Oct 24, 2006 04:11 PM

                There is one right around the corner between Arguello and 2nd on the South side of Geary. It's always full of Indian people at lunch.

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                  Sebby Oct 24, 2006 04:21 PM

                  Yeah, there is one right on Geary at Arguello. I forget the name, but I always smell it when I walk down Arguello. It smells good :-)

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                    ChowFun_derek Oct 24, 2006 08:37 PM

                    yes there is a restaurant right there...the question is does it have a lunch buffet, which is what the OP is looking for...

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                      shortexact Oct 24, 2006 08:47 PM

                      I think we're talking about Star India (3721 Geary Blvd)? They do have a lunch buffet.

              2. Robert Lauriston Oct 24, 2006 12:06 AM

                Does Darbar on Polk have a lunch buffet?

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                1. re: Robert Lauriston
                  Fig Newton Oct 25, 2006 04:44 PM

                  No - you order off the menu at lunch.

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