Easily one of the most popular Indian restaurants in the city, Little Delhi stays true to its name. This small and quaint spot located near Union Square is known for serving authentic northern Indian food. Though all the dishes are equally delicious, the chicken tikka masala is a must-try. The portions are generous and the prices are reasonable, keeping the restaurant full throughout the day. If you are short on time, try to snag a seat at the bar and enjoy the fast and friendly service.
Little Delhi, 83 Eddy Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415-398-3173
Curry Up Now
A fun and modern twist on traditional Indian street food, Curry Up Now is the go-to place to grab a quick snack or meal. Find this truck parked in the Financial District, Monday through Friday from 11:30am until 2:00pm. The mouth-watering Naughty Naan, an open faced sandwich with tikka, masala, jalapeño, onions, cheese, and meat or tofu, is a must-try. Diners who prefer to enjoy a light savory snack can order from the chaat section of the menu, which features bite-sized items that combine fried potato, bread or crisp, and spices. For an extra kick, ask for any dish to be prepared Desi Hot.
Curry Up Now, 225 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, + 415-735-3667
Located near the Civic Center, Mela Tandoori offers a wide variety of North Indian dishes. Bigger than your average Indian restaurant in the city, Mela is ideal for a fun group outing. Diners searching for a taste of a home-cooked Indian food order the daal, a thick curry made with yellow lentils, usually eaten with buttered naan, oven-baked flatbread. Those looking to end their meal on a sweet note tend to favor falooda. Unlike your standard ice cream sundae float, falooda contains milk, thin vermicelli, green and red-colored rosewater syrup, and pistachio-infused kulfi, a creamy frozen dairy dessert. It is guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Mela Tandoori, 536 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415-447-4041
Close to the heart of the trendy Mission bar scene, Aslam’s Rasoi is a family-run restaurant operated by Mohammad Aslam with the help of his son, Atif. It is recognized for its warm and inviting ambiance and high level of service, both of which keep diners coming back for more. The tender and juicy tandoori chicken dish is a favorite among those who frequent the restaurant often. For a truly unforgettable dining experience, try the prawn korma paired with a tangerine wheat beer.
Aslam’s Rasoi, 1037 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415-695-0599
Named after a city in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka, Udupi Palace is one of just a few restaurants in San Francisco specializing in South Indian cuisine. Their vegetarian menu features a variety of dosas, Indian-style crêpes made of lentils and rice batter. A diner favorite is the epically large and crispy paper masala dosa, which is rolled into a cone shape and paired with coconut-flavored chutney and a lentil-based vegetable stew called sambar. Another popular dish is idli, a savory cake made of rice and black lentils typically eaten with sambar. If you are looking to enjoy an authentic and inexpensive South Indian meal, Udupi Palace is the place to go.
Udupi Palace, 3242 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415-447-8400