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Current Status of The Tandoor-Loin

echoparkdirt Jun 24, 2009 05:58 PM

I'm headed up to SF again and wondering if you guys would be so kind to give me a status report on the Tandoor-Loin (Tandooriloin?). What's up, what's down, what's good for what?

Indian food in LA SUCKS.

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  1. echoparkdirt RE: echoparkdirt Jun 27, 2009 12:29 PM

    I would still like some replies to this! Help an LA hound!

    I went to Shalimar yesterday. The Chicken Tikka Masala and Garlic Nan was wonderful. I found the lamb chops a bit dry. Will try another tandoor-land option for lunch.

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    1. re: echoparkdirt
      baron45 RE: echoparkdirt Jun 27, 2009 12:44 PM

      I like Chutney on Jones @ O'Farrell. Lahore Karahi is good too, but it takes forever to get service and get your food.

      1. re: baron45
        vulber RE: baron45 Mar 12, 2010 11:37 PM

        Went to Lahore Karahi tonight. It wasn't quite as good as Amber, but for its price point/atmosphere, I'd consider it the best of the hole-in-the-wall SF Indian restaurants. Everything was very complex and intricately seasoned, but none of it was overwhelmingly so.

        1. re: vulber
          vulber RE: vulber Feb 7, 2011 10:41 AM

          Is Lahore Karahi serving alcohol now?

          Lahore Karahi
          612 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109

          1. re: vulber
            osho RE: vulber Feb 7, 2011 11:36 AM

            Lahore now has a beer license and my friend gleefully reported he was drinking Taj beer when he messaged me.

            1. re: osho
              vulber RE: osho Feb 7, 2011 11:41 AM

              Is a beer license separate from a beer and wine license?

              1. re: vulber
                wolfe RE: vulber Feb 7, 2011 11:47 AM

                Take your pick.

                1. re: wolfe
                  vulber RE: wolfe Feb 7, 2011 11:56 AM

                  I see On Sale Beer, and On Sale Beer and Wine Eating Place, so I take it to mean that they also have a wine license, but choose to not have any

      2. re: echoparkdirt
        Ruth Lafler RE: echoparkdirt Jun 27, 2009 01:38 PM

        Until I hear otherwise, I'll continue to recommend Sultan as the best.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler
          echoparkdirt RE: Ruth Lafler Jun 27, 2009 05:58 PM

          I just had the lunch buffet at Sultan. I thought it was absolutely wonderful. The Chicken Tikka Masala was superb, the garbanzo bean cold salad was great, with lots of color and freshness. The ingredients all seemed high-quality, and much of the food was complicated and wonderful. The naan was just average, and I think that Shalimar has better naan. All in all, Sultan beats Shalimar hands down. But the atmosphere was completely generic and not at all as conducive to a loud, fun, casual friends type nite as Shalimar. Next I will try Lahore Karahi and Chutney.

          1. re: echoparkdirt
            Ruth Lafler RE: echoparkdirt Jun 27, 2009 08:06 PM

            "The ingredients all seemed high-quality, and much of the food was complicated and wonderful."

            I think that pretty much sums up why I think Sultan is a cut above the others.

            1. re: echoparkdirt
              Stephanie Wong RE: echoparkdirt Jun 28, 2009 07:39 AM

              Last Halloween I was at Sultan for dinner and there was a large party (15+) in the raised portion of the dining room along the entire left wall. They were assembling as we arrived and appeared to be a moderately loud, laughter-filled reunion of young adults who were still going strong when we left about 1.5 hours later. Their food seemed to arrive in waves and they freely moved about to visit with one another.

              So I think with this space could adapt well to a "loud, fun, casual friends-type nite." I also think that sometimes Sultan is almost an empty quiet cavern which might discourage an impromptu "loud, fun, casual friends-type" gathering, but I'd guess the restaurant would welcome the business!

          2. re: echoparkdirt
            mdg RE: echoparkdirt Jun 27, 2009 03:43 PM

            It's not the tandoorloin, but Amber India has opened up a San Francisco branch. This is one of the Bay Area's top Indian places, and priced accordingly. So if you're willing to pay more for excellent food and nice decor, it's worth checking out.


            Amber India
            Mission and Fourth, San Francisco, CA

            1. re: mdg
              Robert Lauriston RE: mdg Jun 28, 2009 09:11 AM

              I thought the food at the original Amber India was good, but no better than at the best of the cheaper places.

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                mdg RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 28, 2009 03:48 PM

                How long ago did you go to Amber in Mountain View? About 5 years ago I would agree with you, but I think the original location has improved considerably in response to greatly increased competition. I don't know whether that carries over to the San Francisco location.


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                  Robert Lauriston RE: mdg Jun 29, 2009 08:49 AM

                  Probably over five years ago. Maybe I'll give it another try.

                  I just noticed yesterday that Amber has a stand in the Metreon "farmers market."

          3. Melanie Wong RE: echoparkdirt Jun 30, 2009 12:38 AM

            How are Pakwan and Punjab Kabab House these days?

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              DezzerSF RE: Melanie Wong Jun 30, 2009 07:23 AM

              A friend took me to Pakwan a few weeks back and I liked the tandoor selections we had, lamb chops and chicken. I thought the lamb curry and chicken tikka masala were underseasoned and didn't have much pop though. The place was fairly empty on a weeknight.

              1. re: DezzerSF
                rworange RE: DezzerSF Jul 13, 2009 09:10 PM


                501 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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