Curry Up Now
Multiple locations throughout the Bay Area + roving trucks
Curry Up Now was one of the roving trucks parked for lunch at Spark Social SF, an outdoor urban space in Mission Bay that’s part food truck park, part biergarten, part event space, and entirely awesome. I haven’t seen anything like it in the SoCal area. There’s a big fire pit where you can actually roast marshmallows, an empty double decker retro style bus for dining & hanging out, places for the kids and adults to play, and a lot of other eclectic things that make the place pretty unique. I highly recommend you check it out if you’re in the neighborhood.
On to the food. I like Indian food, or what I think I know of Indian food, but I don’t eat it too often because it can feel kind of heavy and definitely induce heartburn. Curry Up Now serves up Indian street food with some twists, deconstructed samosa in a bowl, butter chicken burritos, and fries topped with chicken or paneer tikka masala just to name a few.
Deconstructed Samosa chana, pico kachumber, chutney, crispy sev, mini samosa
This seemed to be a unanimous favorite on Yelp. It took traditional element that were familiar enough to me, a semi-noob when it comes to Indian food. In this day and age, if you don’t put a new spin on things, you’re unlikely to garner much attention, be it hype or well deserved recognition. They successfully executed the deconstructed approach here. Every component was flavorful and played well off each other, resulting in a well balanced potato bomb. I loved the acidity and sweetness brought by the different chutneys. The savory comfort of the stewed chickpeas sung in my mouth. I added chicken to my box, which added spices and heat. It was very plentiful, though a tad dry and overcooked. Of course, if you do this to a samosa, you’re going to lose some of the crispiness but I didn’t mind. The mini samosas still delivered some of that. Like many things in SF, it was a bit overpriced for what it was. After tax it cost me $9.25, a bit much for goop, albeit pretty delicious goop, eaten out of a paper box with a plastic spork. The flavor profile is in line with all the other Indian food I’ve eaten which, ranges from Indian buffet lunch, Indian restaurants, to Indian wedding food.
Thankfully, Curry Up Now’s deconstructed samosa did not result in massive heartburn, just a happy full tummy. All in all, where the flavor and execution of the food is concerned,Curry Up Now totally delivered. Granted, I only tried one thing here, so perhaps my review should be taken with a grain of salt. Still, I would love to come back to try some of their other Indian street food offerings. .
10 – You NEED to eat here
9 – Awesome
8 – Very good
7 – Good
6 – OK
5 – Average
4 – Not bad
3 – Not good
2 – Terrible
1 – Do NOT eat here