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Apr 26, 2007 01:13 PM

Best Indian food in SF?

Is there anything as good as Ajanta or better?

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  1. Going strictly by quality of the food or are you looking for a more upscale environment as well?

    1. for pure taste, I like Shalimar in Tenderloin. it's hit or miss, but when it's on, it's ON.

      of course there's classics like Indian Oven, Breads of India (in Berkeley), and Amber (in Palo Alto).

      Where's Ajanta?

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        1. re: jeffypop

          People swear by Shalimar but I was thoroughly underwhelmed the one time I tried it a few years ago.

        2. i believe there are better places than ajanta. amber in mt. view, pakwan in sf, viks for really casual dining in berkeley, udipi palace. i guess it also depend on what type of indian food you want. south, north?

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          1. re: khaanalover

            Just ate at Junoon in Palo Alto the other day and really enjoyed it. Was there for lunch and had the the boxed lunch, a Tandoor baked Halibut, very good. The garlic/pepper chutney was also great. I'm a big fan of Tabla in New York and knew that Floyd Cardoz was involved somewhat in Junoon. In SF, what was/is the name of the place in the Haight? Haven't been in about 6 yrs but it was in a duel level Victorian house? Kind of a funky interior. Very good at that time but why do I think it closed or went downhill. I would remember the name if I saw it.

            1. re: Dan Wodarcyk

              Are you thinking of Indian Oven on Fillmore & Haight?

              1. re: Dan Wodarcyk

                Was it on 18th in the Castro, near the Cala?
                I can't recall the name either...female chef...Indian/California a "Bullshead"

                1. re: ChowFun_derek

                  spelling may be off but the name was Tallula.

                  1. re: chaddict

                    "BINGO" that was the I don't have to waste any brain cells trying to remember!

              2. re: khaanalover

                I have eaten at Pakwan only once and at Shalimar a few times and at Lahore Karahi once. I would rate them like this, from best to worst:

                1) Lahore Karahi
                2) Shalimar
                3) Pakwan

              3. I've had good meals at Sultan recently. Last time I was there, they were mentioning moving, I haven't followed up . . .

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                1. re: nsheth

                  What's the story with the Sultan move ? Any information on when they will reopen at the new location? I can't wait to try their 'Gujarati' food !

                2. I rarely see mention of it here, but I have always found the food at Mefil Indian at the corner of 2nd and Folsom to be quite good. I prefer it to a lot of the Pakistani places, and it is certainly better than India Garden.

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                  1. re: Paul H

                    Has Mefil re-opened since they had a fire?

                    1. re: Paul H

                      There are a fair number of reports on Mehfil in the archive. They're popular for takeout lunch in that area since you can order online. I had an okay meal there, didn't like the food as much as at nearby Shan (now House of Curries) so I haven't been back. Definitely not in Ajanta's class.


                      I've never heard of India Garden before. Search turns up a couple of mentions but no reports on the food.

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        Here's a report..

                        Located on Folsom near 9th, India Garden has a surprisingly relaxing and pretty patio (no doubt the garden in the name), good decor and an extensive menu promisingly filled with classic Moguli (Northern Indian) dishes. All it lacks is good food. My meal here was severely mediocre. Perhaps this is proof of the old adage to avoid places with big menus. Not recommended.