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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

SF Weekly's Seven-Day Dish

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It's not every day an Indian restaurant opens in San Francisco, but, rare as that may be, it's downright unheard of for a restaurant billed as an "Indian taqueria" to open its doors, which is one reason Kasa Indian Eatery (4001 18th St. at Noe) in the Castro has been grabbing so much interest among foodies since its opening last week. With a sparse but focused menu centered on tried-and-true flavors, Kasa invites an easy comparison to taquerias by serving its dishes one of two ways: wrapped in kati rolls using traditional roti bread - similar to our beloved burritos - or as a thali plate with basmati rice and daal. "Our specialty is the kati roll, which originated in Calcutta," says co-owner Tim Volkema, who opened Kasa with partner Suresh Khanna and chef Anamika Khanna. "We're the first to do it anywhere outside New York City, and certainly the only people doing it here in San Francisco. We wanted to do a simple menu to try and bring Indian food to people who maybe aren't as familiar with it, to represent Indian food in more of a modern way." Kasa is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

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