The other day, a few friends and I gathered for lunch at Sultan (in the Tenderloin district) for some typically excellent Punjabi fare. During the course of our meal, we began to talk to our waiter -- the son of the proprietors -- about the fact that so many of the tables had "reservations" signs. The waiter responded that an unpredictably large posse of Gujarati friends regularly invaded the restaurant at night time, with the biggest showing coming on Sunday evenings. Apparently on these occasions, Sultan -- normally a bastion of Punjabi classics such as chicken tikka -- turns into a Gujarati restaurant. On Sundays, especially, the restaurant prepares what can only imagine is a feast, with special Gujarati delicacies. Asked if Gujarati fare was limited to the restaurant's friends, the waiter responded that all were welcome to try the food, but he prefaced it by saying, "You should know, we make it the way WE like to eat it," so buyer beware -- the heat is apparently excessive to American palates.
The waiter also revealed that, in three weeks or so, Sultan's menu will expand to incorporate several of the Gujarati dishes. He gave us a bootleg copy of the menu. For example, one of the Gujarati dishes featured is eggplant curry (baby eggplants cooked w/ peas, cilantro, and tomatoes).
I think we should organize a Sunday-night chowdown in the near future!
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