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What I Ate: February 19, 2009 (Mehfil Indian)

Posted 19 February, 2009 at 11:53pm by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Food, What I Ate)

After the Maharani Indian fiasco earlier this week, I've been craving Mehfil Indian. I went to Mehfil (600 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA‎ - (415) 974-5510‎) and got three of their lunch specials (intended for my lunch and our dinner). Mehfil describes the dishes best on their website. (I apologize for the pictures - I forgot to take them until I had eaten some of each dish.)

Coorgi Tarkari - (Fresh vegetables cooked with red onions, coconut, garlic, and cumin’s) "In this dish a masala is prepared by grinding fresh turmeric roots, garlic, red onions, cumin, mustard and coriander seeds, green chilies, red chilies, and fresh coconut. This masala paste is tempered with curry leaves and finally the vegetables like blue lake beans, potatoes, eggplants, mushrooms, and carrots are sautéed and cooked." $5.00
Mehfil Indian Cuisine - Tulsi Murg

Tulsi Murg - (Boneless chicken cubes cooked in a basil leaves curry sauce) "This dish comes from the heart of India the capital New Delhi; chicken cubes are sautéed with pine nuts paste. The base sauce is prepared with, coriander, cumin, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, mace, garlic, ginger, vine ripened tomatoes, red onions and many expensive masala and then added basil leaves." $5.00
Mehfil Indian Cuisine - Tulsi Murg

Meatball-do-piyaza - (Beef Meatball cooked in curry flavored raw mangoes, onions, tomatoes and vinegar) "The word Dopiaza means 'two onions'. Meatballs are soaked in a mixture of salt, vinegar, water and many different spices. The gravy is prepared with ginger, garlic, red onions, tomato and many more spices. After the gravy is ready the pieces of raw mango and meatballs are sautéed in it until well tempered." $6.00
Mehfil Indian Cuisine - Meatball-do-piyaza

For dinner, I reheated some of the dishes from Mehfil as well as the left overs we had from Maharani. Comparing the two, it was no contest - Mehfil's food was definitely more complex and flavorful. Again, Maharani's dishes were tasty to start with, but lacked depth (one dominant flavor) and after a few bites it became boring.
Reheated MehfilMehfil Leftovers

Reheated Maharani FoodMaharani Leftovers

2 comments to What I Ate: February 19, 2009 (Mehfil Indian)

will, February 22nd, 2009 at 9:52 am:

  • It's interesting to see beef meatballs on the menu at an indian restaurant. All of the indian places where I live stick to chicken, lamb, goat, and vegetarian dishes. It looks great though.

Pelle, March 4th, 2009 at 11:51 am:

  • Having lived in the UK for a long time I may be spoiled, but most Indian food in SF is seriously tasteless and sometimes outright bad.

    Mehfil is the best I've tried. I also like that they have a more than the old standards. Got to try the Meatballs next time, they look good.