The bar and colorful interior at Indian Paradox. Photo courtesy of Indian Paradox.
We wrote an in-depth piece in September about ~INDIAN PARADOX~ from first-time restaurant owner Kavitha Raghavan, and you’ve got to hand it to her, she got the place open pretty quickly! Hoodline reports the tiny wine bar and casual restaurant is open as of last Friday, and her chef is Brenden Darby, a private chef who had a spot on the TV show Chopped, plus four months at Noma.
Now’s your chance to try Raghavan’s unique menu that is structured around Indian street food from many different regions (even though she grew up in Chennai) paired with wines. How about churmur (crispy semolina puffs blended in with tamarind sauce, garbanzo beans, and mint chutney with a dash of chaat masala, sprinkled with cilantro) paired with Aphros Ten Vinho Verde 2014. Or dabeli (potato patty topped with crunchy peanuts, pomegranate seeds, and fried chickpea flour) paired with Sanglier Touché Grenache 2012? It all sounds delicious.
It’s a tiny and colorful spot (the former King Foot Subs space), and you’ll find a bar, plus some counter seats, a couple of tables, and high tables. Hours to start are Tue-Sat 5pm-midnight and Sun 4pm-10pm. Closed Mon. 258 Divisadero St. at Haight.