Roti Indian Bistro, which bills itself as "modern Indian cuisine", has just opened earlier this week in SF's West Portal district.
Stopped by last night for a look-see, and by all indications, the place is very popular. It's a somewhat narrow, post-modern industrial space with black tables, wood walls, spot lights above tables.
Very impressive-looking menu with lots of options for tandoori, curries, seafood and rice specialties. They also offer 8 varieties of naan.
The assorted appetizers consisting of samosa, vegetable pakoras and papadum were tasty and well-prepared.
Lamb "Popsicles" were tender lamb chops with fenugreek and spices. Definitely the best dish we sampled and left us wanting more. Nice aftertaste, too.
Chicken Korma with mild spices in a yogurt cream sauce with cashew nuts and almonds reminded me of this offering at Little Nepal and was also a hit.
Lamb Ghost Vindaloo was not as flavorful as what you can find at Naan and Curry, but was OK.
Mixed Seafood Curry of fish, prawns, and calmari in tomato curry sauce was not particularly memorable, but the sauce was quite good.
Of the naans, the Goat Cheese naan with cumin and herbs was a standout -- definitely will order it again.
Mango Lassi was creamy and rich, not overly watery like at some places. Could have used more mango flavor, though.
Overall, Roti makes a nice addition to the growing West Portal restaurant scene -- an Indian option had been one of the few lacking ethnic restaurants in the area. Prices are reasonable-to-mid-range, atmosphere is not as cafeteria-like as Naan and Curry, and service is stellar. Can't wait to try the many other options from each category on future visits.
They have a branch in Burlingame, too.
Roti Indian Bistro
53 West Portal Avenue (between Vicente and Muni tunnel)
SF, CA (415) 665-7684