280 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103
The Mission’s Babu Ji’s self-proclaimed charge is to provoke a dining ethos of unadulterated excitement in its guests when they receive their orders. That’s no challenge for Jessi and Jennifer Singh, venerable culinary rock stars who have propelled their brand of Indian to both US coasts and down to Australia, and their regularly changing menu that spans Indian street food, cross-regional curries, and tandoori specialties. Babu Ji serves inventive takes on traditional Indian fare like Colonel Tso’s cauliflower, which is coated in agrodolce chile sauce, deep-fried, and topped with sesame seeds, onion seeds, and chives, and prawn coconut curry, which, can be substituted with pumpkin for vegans. And as if the whole culinary affair needed an extra garnish, the cocktail list was crafted by none other than Vincent Chirico of New York’s Raines Law Room.