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mmm...more on Mehfil

Stanley Stephan | Aug 27, 2002 02:07 AM

I found a new comfort food, a dessert called Rabri. It has a the most wonderful flavors ... the essance of oranges and coconut and cinnamon and every good dessert flavor. It has the consistancy of yoplait yogurt without the tang.

The menu says it is milk boiled for three to four hours until it has a thick silky texture. Then saffron, honey, sugar and screw pine water is added and it is boiled again and served cold. I have no clue what screw pine water is, but this was one tasty dessert.

Mehfil is descriptive about what's in each dish. Another dish I haven't seen on most Indian menus was Aloo Mazedar - baked stuffed potato. If you like baked potatoes you will like this even if you are not a fan of Indian food. This is listed as an appetizer, but it is really a meal in itself.

A lovely red color it is a peeled hollowed potato stuffed, according to the menu, with potato strings, raisins, four kernels (?), red onions. spices and herbs. Not hot at all. Like a nice poultry stuffing. The menu goes on that the potato is marinated in home made yogurt, mustard seeds, salt, chickpea flour and baked in clay. It came with three sauces - a raisin chutney, a sag-like spinach sauce but vinegary and a hot tomato sauce.

My favorite entree was the lamb korma (Korma-e Gosht). Tender cubes of lamb in a brown gravy of almonds, cashews, four kernals, pistachios, saffron, shredded coconut, spices, onion, garlic, ginger and tomatoes.

Also liked
- Kachri Murag - chicken with Kachri (dry baby melon powder), star anize, ginger, garlic and tomatoes.

The chicken in the Tikki Masala was tender. The sauce was slightly oily.

Lamb Do-piyaza wasn't as tender as the other lamb dish. I did order this late on Saturday, so it might have been timing. The sauce of onions, mango, ginger and garlic was tasty.

The Saag Paneer had a nice spinach sauce but only four tiny cubes of cottage cheese.

No extremely hot dishes like vindaloos that I could see.

IMO, it's a nice neighborhood restaurant. Good choice if you are at the ball game (about four blocks away). Delivery is free and speedy (about 1/2 hour). Parking in the evening and on weekends is plentiful.

Since this is not listed anywhere yet, including citysearch, here's the info:

Mehfil Indian Cuisine
600 Folsom on the corner of 2nd
SF, Ca

Phone: 415-974-1436
Open 7 days, check the hours, but I think 11am to 10 pm.

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