SF Food Truck Series Part II: Curry Up Now
As a recap, Coffee Meets Bagel is touring all over San Francisco to find the best food trucks in order to get you Bagels excited for a new date idea!
Continuing our fantastic journey through the world of San Francisco Food Trucks, Coffee Meets Bagel ventured out to Curry Up Now; a food truck that shares all the wonderful spices and flavors of Indian street food to the people of the Bay Area.
Name: Curry Up Now
659 Valencia St., San Francisco
321 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto
129 South B St., San Mateo
Background: Inspired by the foods he grew up eating on the streets of India, Akash Kapoor, started Curry Up Now in 2006. His menu is inspired by the vibrant flavors from various regions of India including Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi, Chowpatty and Mumbai. Curry Up Now has launched into a successful company ranging from a selection of trucks and most recently, restaurants!
We decided to try out the newly opened restaurant, located on 659 Valencia Street. It has all the same cuisine as the food trucks but in a more hip and relaxed atmosphere. It was really sleek and modern with plenty of seating and an extensive menu. The menu was a piece of artwork, showcasing all the unique dishes Curry Up Now has to offer! And no fret, if you’re vegan or gluten-free, Curry Up Now definitely has something for you!
The menu was so enticing that we couldn’t help but order a feast!
1. Sexy Fries with Paneer ($6): The orange dish to the left are the “sexy fries” consisting of criss-cut sweet potato fries topped with cheese and onions and your choice of protein. We, here at Coffee Meets Bagel, are always up for trying something new, so we went ahead and chose the paneer. Paneer is a popular type of cheese originating from the regions of India. The sexy fries were absolutely wonderful; it was a sweet and creamy dish that just melted in your mouth!
2. The Naughty Naan ($9): Rotating clock-wise, we reach the naughty naan, a fun take on India’s famous Naan bread. They call it an “open-faced” sandwich topped with tikka masala, cheese, greens, onions and some shaved jalapeno for an extra kick. This was our favorite dish out of the three. It was crispy and flavorful due to the sweet tikka masala sauce that smothered the bread. The jalapenos made it slightly spicy but the fresh greens balanced out the heat.
3. Deconstructed Samosa ($7): The last dish was the deconstructed samosa. A samosa is an Indian pastry that includes some type of savory filling. This particular dish is a “deconstructed samosa” where the pastry is on the bottom and filled with garbanzo beans, pico & chutneys. To make it even better, the dish was topped with cute little samosas on the side! Akash told us this is his favorite dish on the menu. It’s no wonder why, the textures were amazing! We loved the crunch from the garbanzo beans and the nice flaky pastry at the bottom.
4. Mango Lassi ($3): Don’t forget to order their mango lassi! This is a famous drink from India, it’s basically a frothy mango beverage that is both sweet and refreshing.
Don’t forget to tip ‘em!
Make sure to check out the Curry Up Now website to look up their food truck schedule. They serve up all over the bay area, even reaching out to Stanford in Palo Alto!
Or for your convenience, just follow them on Twitter! @CurryUpNow
Thanks Akash and the rest of the staff at Curry Up Now for fulfilling our Indian Street Food Craving!