It sounds very odd, an Indian “taqueria”, but there’s no other way to describe Kasa, a laid-back eatery on 18th and Noe. Kasa serves two dishes: kati rolls and thalis.
Kati rolls are thick, buttery roti (pancakes) that you fill with any one of the following: chicken tikka, chicken tikka masala, lamb curry, kebab, aloo jeera (cumin potatoes sauteed with marinated onions and chutney) or karahi paneer (wok-tossed Indian cheese with green peppers, marinated onions and chutney). They serve it with raita and a crunchy salad of chopped carrots and cabbage.
Thali is a dish consisting of an open kati roll, any one of the fillings above (but not wrapped inside the kati roll), salad, basmati rice and raita.
The prices are reasonable: $5.50 for a kati roll (with raita and salad), $8.95 for two kati rolls; $10.95 for a thali dish. The portions are generous. I was full eating one kati roll. For drinks, there’s beer and Indian soft drinks (Limca, which is similar to Sprite but with more of a lime flavor, and Thumbs Up, the Indian Coca Cola).
We tried three different kati rolls: lamb curry, kebab (grilled turkey) and aloo jeera. The lamb curry was spicy and very delicious, the aloo jeera less so. The kebab was excellent, quite spicy and savoury.
If you are looking for a lunch or snack place between the Castro and Dolores Park, this is a good place to grab one. And if you are craving something sweet afterwards, go down to Bi-Rite Creamery on 18th, in front of the Dolores Park Cafe.
Kasa Indian eatery
4001 18th Street (at Noe)
San Francisco, CA 94114
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