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The dining room with orange walls at Tilak



Bernal Heights

$$$$Perfect For:Casual Weeknight DinnerSerious Take-Out Operation
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Tilak, an Indian restaurant in Bernal Heights, is the answer to virtually every “where to grab dinner?” text. It’s one of the rare weeknight dinner spots that’s actually open on Mondays (and past 8pm). You can saunter in for a last-minute dinner, and the menu has something for everyone—including your vegetarian coworker—from rich meat and seafood curries, to equally excellent smaller dishes like tamarind-y dahi puri. On top of fulfilling all of the aforementioned needs, this cheery spot has bright orange walls and friendly staff who'll make you want to stay a while. Keep the fluffy housemade naan coming, and instead of waiting on a text, just get a group of your favorite people together and come here. 

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The dahi puri chaat from Tilak

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Dahi Puri Chaat

These dahi puri are heavy on the tamarind, and topped with crunchy bits of sev for extra texture. A refreshing starter for the table.
The aloo tikka chaat bites from Tilak

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Aloo Tikka Chaat Bites

Bite-sized potatoes covered in sweet yogurt and mint chutney. Order this.
The Goan prawn masala from Tilak

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Goan Prawn Masala

A thick, tomato-heavy hit. If you love prawns, you’ll love this.
A bowl of chicken biryani from Tilak

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Chicken Biryani

The biryani here is moist without being overly saucy, and loaded with sizable chunks of chicken. It’s evenly coated in a mix of “secret spices” that hit you right in the nose.
The bread basket at Tilak

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Bread Basket

If the words “bread basket” don’t make your heart flutter, we shouldn’t be friends. Tilak’s comes with roti, and warm, stretchy garlic and plain naan. Always order a basket for the table.

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