I usually eat at Naan-n-Curry on Columbus a couple of times a month and I am rarely disappointed. I've tried almost everything on the menu and, while I'm not totally in love with each dish, there is nothing I would not eat again. Neverless, having had good memories on Pakwan on 16th Street from when I used to live in the Mission, I was excited when I found out a branch was opening on Clay Street.
I just ordered lunch from there my usual group of Naan-n-Curry devotees and we were not impressed at all.
Bland, mushy samosas were were swimming in a chickpea-cilantro sauce. Samosas are supposed to be crisp on the outside. If you're going to offer a sauce, put it on the side, not in the same container. (Besides, a starch-y, similarly flavored sauce doesn't make much sense.) These were clearly not made to order.
Aloo Palak (spinach and potatoes) was spicy but tasted like it came from a frozen entree pack. This is a dish I remember being very good at the 16th street location. Not so here.
Nihari ("a very special trantional boneless beef curry") was truly digusting. It smelled and looked yucky, but we ordered it and felt compelled to try it. It was basically one baseball-size chunk of meat swimming in a greasy, brown sauce. The beef fell apart and was overly tender. It tasted like pot roast that had been sitting next to an open container of curry in the fridge--for a week. The cut was unidentifiable. I think I may have nightmares about this. Revolting.
Chicken Boti Kebab was the only redeeming element of our meal. Marinated chicken grilled in tandoori--came with onions and lemon. This was tender, tasty and well-seasoned, but knowing what else the kitchen produces, I would never willingly eat this again.
The raita was fine, but quite watery. If only Naan-n-Curry would serve raita. Does anyone know why they don't?
Rice was also fine but didn't taste very frsh. Naan was dry and unimpressive.
I won't be back. They also overcharged us. We ordered the food to go, so that is a possible consideration. Naan-n-Curry travels very well--we always order it to go, as well.