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Oct 4, 2011 03:05 AM

Recent Lahore Karahi reports? [San Francisco]

Was thinking of goign there this Friday, but several recent Yelp reports about food taking well over an order to arrive has got me re-considering...guess they were really hit hard by losing that staff. Not to mention the other day I walked by at 5:15 on a Wednesday and it was closed, despite the hours reading 5-10:30, Wed-Sun.

Lahore Karahi
612 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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  1. This probably isn't recent enough, but I went there about a month ago. If you're in a rush, I'd recommend heading to Pakwan or Shalimar instead. If you have some time on your hands, the food was great, especially the naan, the tandoori fish, and the karahi chicken.

    Just so you know, you place your order at the front by filling out a receipt with menu items, hand them to someone behind the counter, and they give you a number. It's kind of self service from there--- don't expect contact with the staff until you get your food. We didn't time it, but our food definitely took over 30 minutes.

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    1. re: hyperbowler

      Just wondering if anything has changed, the new hours make it almost impossible for me to get there and I haven't been able to find an equal (Shalimar Pakwan and Lers Ros just don't do it for me). I read a review that mentioned lunch and was hoping Guddu was back to his old hours. Checked the website but it still says they don't open till 5.

      1. re: Kristine

        According to Eater, Guddu sold the restaurant. The new owner plans to reopen for lunch, dinner and late night service. No word on how the menu might change:

        1. re: pane

          Sad news indeed. Now we are left with just Pakwan and Shalimar for decent Pakistani food.

          1. re: osho

            are there significant quality differences between the shalimar locations? i have friends that rave about shalimar, but i was disappointed by the jones street one

            1. re: vulber

              IMO the best food is at the Fremont location. I usually go to the Polk location simply because I prefer the food (less greasy) and the place itself is bright and airy and I know the manager / cashier pretty well. Oh, and the 'loin location has virtually no ventilation and no BYOB.

        2. re: Kristine

          Guddu's twitter feed brings news of his new venture and a photo of a handwritten menu:

          And from the website,,
          "Guddu de Karahi is the new restaurant by the former owner of Lahore Karahi. Send us an email at to find out when it opens!
          We serve 100% Halal meat
          Location: 1501 Noriega at 22nd, San Francisco
          Hours: 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm Wednesday - Sunday
          Phone: (415)759-9088 after opening (soon)"

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            thanks for the update, Melanie - on alert and anticipating this opening on Noriega.

            Last month's Sunday Streets was the Tenderloin on 8/18. We walked by Lahore Karahi and it was packed so we hustled over to Lafayette Coffee Shop.

      2. Ugh, didn't see this news until it was too late. We have been meaning to go to Lahore each time we have visited the City (currently living in DC) since it was our favorite Indian/Pakistani restaurant. We went for dinner this last Friday, and came away wondering how it could have gone so downhill. The saag paneer was the best dish, but a shadow of its former self. The butter chicken was mediocre, and the naan was soggy/bad.

        It was a sad day.

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        1. re: mdpilam

          why would you order butter chicken at a pakistani restaurant?

          1. re: vulber

            Where would you order murgh makhani?

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              at a north indian restaurant, not a pakistani one

              1. re: vulber

                Given that butter chicken aka murgh makhani is a Punjabi dish with Moghal roots that is well-embedded in Pakistani cuisine, that Punjab spans Pakistan and northern India with the majority of the region lying within Pakistan and Lahore is the capital of Punjab, and that the chef credited with introducing murgh makhani came from Peshwar, Pakistanis claim the dish as their own as well. I don't see a downside to ordering the dish at a Pakistani restaurant. It was considered one of the most consistent dishes at Lahore Karahi, unfortunately, no more.


                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  fair enough, but one of the things that made lahore karahi so special was his proprietary spice mix, which i'm guessing he didn't use in the butter chicken