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Zante Pizza

Zante Pizza

3489 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Suggested by Josh

In attendance:

When I saw that this restaurant serves Indian Pizza, I was all over it. I’d heard of this phenomenon, but never actually partaken in it. Zante came highly recommended, so I looked forward to Wednesday night.

I was not disappointed. We started with two “Assorted appetizers” — each order consisted of one veggie and one meat samosa, two chicken pakoras, and two lamb (?) pakoras. And of course they came with various chutneys including the ever-present mint chutney. I must say, the appetizers were great. Bold spices, delicious meat, tender chicken. Greasy of course, but most deep fried things are.

For pizza, we ordered the extra large “Best Indian Pizza,” which has basically everything on it. It was enormous! The first thing I noticed was the overwhelming abundance of garlic. Do NOT get this pizza if you don’t like garlic! It was delicious, though. The pizza had basically everything on it. Cauliflower, shrimp, chicken, lamb, mozzarella, their special sauce (garlic), etc. It was all slathered on top of what was basically a giant naan. The naan was perfectly crisp on the bottom, and deliciously soft around the edges, as naan should be. Naan makes a perfect pizza crust, it turns out. Highly recommend dipping it in mint chutney, too.

While the pizza in general was quite tasty, I did wish that the toppings had been chopped less finely. I don’t really know what all I was eating; because everything was chopped so finely it kind of turned into mush. Delicious mush, but a more varied texture would’ve made me happier.

I also got a mango lassi, which was the brightest shade of orange I’ve ever seen on a lassi. It looked like pureed carrots! It was nice and creamy and had decent mango flavors, but it was overly sweet. Like sweet tea sweet. I prefer a bit of tartness in a lassi. Not bad though.

Conclusion: Tasty, would definitely go again– or at least order from them, since they offer free delivery to the whole city! There are things I wished they did differently, but the price (SO CHEAP) and the novelty make up for it in the end. And, pizza aside, their regular North Indian food was pretty awesome.

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Metro Kathmandu

Metro Kathmandu

311 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

Suggested by Laurie

In attendance:


Pretty standard good Indian/Pakistani food. The one thing that made it stand out as different from most Indian places was the momos. Momos are a Nepalese specialty. They are best described as delicate steamed dumplings similar to potstickers. We ordered all three kinds: chicken, everest (buffalo), and vegetable. Unfortunately they brought us samosas instead of the vegetable momos and we didn’t realize at the veggie momos weren’t also coming until it was too late. Samosas were decent but nothing special. Jared got the Kathmandu fish curry; I didn’t try it so I can’t comment on it. Aaron got saag paneer, which was creamy and delicious. I love saag paneer; it’s such a subtle dish. There didn’t seem to be much different about it than the saag paneers I’ve had at other quality Indian restaurants. Laurie got the goat curry. I tried a bite and it was good, though it didn’t stand out to me. Leah got the chicken tikka masala which was of course delicious. I can’t resist this dish ever. Tracey got the chicken curry and I got the lamb curry; they were basically the same except for the difference in meat. Chicken was not dry; lamb wasn’t melt-in-your-mouth tender, but it wasn’t tough either. We got roti and paratha to eat our curries with. The paratha was awesome. The roti was pretty standard. We were way too stuffed to get dessert!

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