925 Cortland St., Bernal Heights
San Francisco, CA
hours: Daily at 5pm
Wine and Beer
Ah, Nepalese. The perfect fit for the carnivore or vegetarian,
the perfect mix of Indian and Chinese. I've been to this place
twice, which is unfortunate for them, because the experiences
were pretty different. Overall, though, I dig their groove.
By the way, the man who opened this restaurant also runs the
pizza place next door. Hmmmm...
Cute, tiny, warmly lit, bustling. The first time I was there,
excellent ethnic sitar music was playing at a tasteful volume.
The second time, it was silent. The host, who is likely the
owner, offers everyone a glowing smile and a Namaste bow. They
all wear traditional Nepalese clothing.
There are only one or two bad tables in the house. Our first
time, we were nestled into a cozy bench. The second time, we
were up against the cash register with hovering waitresses staring
blankly and clicking their pens incessantly in their boredom.
Feels pretty Indian. Tandoori meats, curried veggies and other
specialties. Maybe a stir-fry or two. You can order a la carte,
which comes with a heaping pile of white rice and three pieces
of Nan. Now that's my kind of a la carte. Or you can order the
Meal, which in addition to rice and Nan has a vegetable platter.
No thanks. Entrees are approximately $7-$10.
Mighty tasty, folks. Mighty tasty. They spice to your liking
and everything is infused with ginger and garlic. The portions
are pretty good, and the subtle mingling of flavors is right
on. I doubt there's a bad bite in the house, whether it's sizzling
Tandoori or creamy yogurt chicken curry. Yum.
Well... the first time she was friendly, on the ball and all
around excellent. The second time she was rude, bored, distracted
and forgetful. We'll call it a crapshoot.
Reservations: Suggested but
With the exception of a belligerent waitress on one visit, the
experience and food are both quite pleasant.
Reviewed : Jan 2004