Mela Tandoori Kitchen

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Mela Tandoori Kitchen
Photograph: Courtesy Mela Tandoori

Business partners and brothers Sohel, Zoaib and Moiz Subedar grew up around the stove—their father opened the original location of this Pakistani restaurant in the ‘80s. Though it’s situated on a rather dreary strip near Civic Center, the spot is warm and vibrant inside, lit by candles and swathed in multicolored stripes and Indian movie posters. The menu spans meaty and vegetarian curries, rice dishes, kebabs and over a dozen varieties of naan. (Try the spicy flecked with minced jalapeño.) Don’t miss the faluda for dessert, an Indian-style milkshake made with rose syrup, coconut jelly, sweet basil seeds, cream and Mitchell’s mango ice cream.

By: Lauren Sheber


Venue name: Mela Tandoori Kitchen
Address: 536 Golden Gate Ave
San Francisco

Opening hours: Mon-Wed 5:30pm-10pm; Thu-Fri 11:30am-2pm and 5:30pm-10pm; Sat 5:30pm-10pm, closed Sun
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