When I think I have eaten at every San Francisco restaurant I clearly have not. That was my reminder when I visited Indian Paradox. I was there in October–the location is on the busy thoroughfare of Divisadero and seats a dozen possibly a few more. Indian Paradox bills itself as wine bar and street food–I always insert Tapas bar Indian style. The place maybe small it pack a punch of delightful food and wine selections.
The wine list is tiny but well thought out and a wine that is paired nicely for the food being served. I enjoyed tasting a wide range of wines on their list. I must always starts with sparkling – they have Lucien Albrect Brut Rose Cremant d’Alsace NV, I also ordered the Svelato Sannio Falanghina 2016, Ciu Ciu Marche Sangiovese 2014, and Harrington Siletto Vineyard Cienega Valley Trousseau 2017.
I was there with a friend to taste a large part of the menu. First we started with the Masala peanuts nicely prepared with Ghee, lemon juice and Garam Masala. I loved the Dahi Sev Puri – Semolina puffs with yogurt and Cilantro. The Dabeli is a completely satisfying potato burger with peanuts and pomegranates–great texture, brightly flavoured. I like ordering small plates and sharing so I can taste a wide array of the menu.
We sat at the bar which I love sitting at the bar of every restaurant I visit to compare with a next visit of seating away from the bar. Bar seating is always the make it or break it for a restaurant. Bars are interesting spaces–can often have more casual service OR have stunning service. I have also experienced where I struggle to get service. Regardless of where you sit –it is a small space–superbly nice and knowledge service if you need help pairing the right wine with the dish you order and from what I observed service seemed to be evenly distributed.
A very nice space and fitting for the neighhourhood is a casual place for great Chaat, wine and friendly service.
258 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
Phone number 1-415-593-5386
Tuesday and Wednesday 5pm–10pm
Thursday through Saturday 5pm–11pm
Brunch: Saturday 11am-2pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
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