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Aug 26, 2008 08:21 AM

Good, reasonably priced Indian food for dinner in SF?

There seem to be many inexpensive options for good Indian food for lunch in the city of San Francisco, but many of the same places that have lunch specials or buffets get somewhat expensive at dinnertime.

Can any hounds recommend Indian restaurants that are both delicious and inexpensive for dinner? Atmosphere/ambiance is not a consideration.

Likely to want standard dishes like chicken tikka masala, chicken or lamb vindaloo, rice and naan.

Location: anywhere within SF proper, but preferably within a reasonable bus ride from Civic Center.

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  1. The Pakistani places that I know are all equally cheap at lunch or dinner.

    1. Any of the Naan n Currys should do the trick.

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      1. re: katya

        Well my experience with this chain (esp. the one near civic center) would hardly induce me to call this "good" Indian. Cheap, bland, unidimensional, overly creamy, yes....

      2. spicy bite on cortland & mission. it's great. or zante, which is across the street.

        1. The service is often slow and a bit frustrating, but Lahore Karachi is still my favorite Pakistani food judging by food alone - flavors are always very fresh, and definitely try the tandoori fish.

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          1. re: Dave MP

            Lahore Karahi is the correct name.

            Lahore Karahi
            612 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109

            1. re: Dave MP

              "The service is often slow and a bit frustrating"--hear hear. The service was so frustrating on my visit that my party actually walked out. It was a Saturday night, and busy, but still, it was only 6pm and it took the server three or four tries before actually taking our order, and then we watched three tables seated after us get their food while we had nothing after an hour. So we walked out. By all reports the food is great here, but in my opinion the aggravation outweighs the potential reward.

              1. re: DeborahL

                It's still the best Pakistani in the city proper.

            2. India Clay Oven on Clement gets some pretty good reviews. I'd rate them a step or two above Nan & Curry and about a mile above Zante.

              India Clay Oven
              2436 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94121