Lahore Karahi: Authentic & Halal Desi Food in SF

 

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The good Yelp reviews caught my attention. Masood and I were in San Francisco for ten days and were craving good, Indian/Pakistani food. Not the mild, sweet tomato-based curries of upscale restaurant, but the authentic flavors of home.

We were shopping along Market Street and walked to this restaurant (about 1 mile or 1.6 km) on O’Farrell Street.

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Nothing fancy. More like a hole-in-the-wall type of place. There were a few comments about sanitation by some reviewers which made me extra conscious of my surroundings when I stepped into the restaurant. But it wasn’t bad. At this restaurant, the kitchen area is exposed to the dining area so you see everything. This also meant being welcomed by the familiar, earthy aroma of whole spices being roasted and the fragrance of freshly-baked naan wafting from the kitchen the moment you enter the restaurant.

What We Ordered

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Lahori Choley ($7.99)

Garbanzo beans cooked in a special blend of tomatoes and onions.

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Seekh Kabab ($6.99)

Ground lamb mixed with herbs and spices, grilled on skewers.

We also ordered garlic naan, which we absolutely loved. The food tastes delicious! The flavors are spot-on. The heat is just right.

Self Service.

You do everything yourself, besides cooking the food and doing the dishes.

You walk in, approach the counter, order your food, pick up your own silverware, pour your own water, and choose a table to sit at. This makes it cheaper and it would be up to you to leave a tip or not. After the meal, you pay up front. The staff is friendly and would gladly give you good recommendations to help you determine your meal.

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I definitely recommend this place to anyone craving for good Indian/Pakistani food in San Francisco. We’d dined at a couple of fancy places but just felt like wasting our $$$ on desi food modified to please the non-desi palate.

Lahore Karahi
(415) 567-8603 | 612 O’Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Halal | No Alcohol | Accepts Credit Card | Street Parking

2 comments

  1. The food looks delicious, especially the kebab! What you say here: “desi food modified to please the non-desi palate” is spot on with how Indian food is in Egypt. I haven’t found an authentic Indian or Pakistani restaurant in Egypt yet, even though the restaurants often have the word ‘authentic’ in their name/menu!

    1. I know! I don’t know why restaurants do that – modify the food so much it’s a far cry from the real thing. Indian curries are NOT supposed to be sweet!

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