New 'hound here. Just moved from the East Coast and will be eating my way through the Mission, Portero Hill and South Beach (to start...).
I tried Alhamra last night. It is located close to the corner of 16th and Mission in the Mission. I am somewhat new to Indian/Pakistani food. My exposure is limited to Naan N' Curry in the Inner Sunset and all the lunch buffets in Cambridge, MA.
Sorry, can't compare to Pakwan (yet).
Alhamra is BYOB. This made their reasonably priced food even better priced.
Their naan and rice were fine; not bad, not excellent. In the large group I went with, 2 dishes stood out to me. First, the lamb saag was delicious. The first thing I noticed was that they gave a fairly generous portion of lamb. Beyond this, it was delicious. I will order this again without a doubt. The second dish that stood out was their eggplant dish.
The major let down was the chicken tikka masala. On its own, the tandoori chicken looked great (I didn't try this). In the chicken tikka masala dish, the chicken was fine. But the tikka masala sauce was lacking. I would not order this again.
In the future, I plan to order delivery from this restaurant. Most definitely the lamb saag, eggplant and naan. I'll have to find one more (to meet the $15 minimum and my significant other's appetite). Perhaps the tandoori chicken.
Sadly, the restaurant was very empty during the dinner rush. By no means was the food excellent or brilliant, but for the price point it seemed spot on.
Pakwan is next!
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