Considering that Adam took over 130 pictures of London restaurants we ate at, it was only natural that we start chronicling our thoughts and opinions about the food we eat. We've totally become accidental foodies. It all started out when Sheila started calling Adam "the human trash compactor"; since he eats almost anything. But somewhere along the way we started having discussions about food and seeking out culinary adventures when on travel. We bring a unique perspective to this arena as we're both vegetarians (no meat, poultry, or fish). I suspect we will both have varying opinions on the food, and hope to not only have a record for posterity, but provide some fun, useful if not amateur insight.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

curry on a taco truck

If you've watched Food Network lately, it's easy to see that the food truck craze has gone mainstream. With Nom Nom, Grill Em All, Spencer on the Go all appearing on TV, gourmet cuisine can now be found in a parking lot near you! The latest one is Curry Up Now.

Based in San Francisco, Curry Up Now sells a short menu of fusion Indian street cuisine - kati rolls, deconstructed samosas, and punjabi burritos. A few Friday's ago, the truck made a stop for lunch in FiDi and I couldn't pass up the opportunity. Arriving at 12:05 at the corner of Sansome & Bush, the line was circa 15 deep. By 12:15 when we at the front of the line, it's was 45 deep; proof positive that social media does really work!

I ordered the paneer tikka masala burrito and mango lassi. First the lassi - smooth, rich, and not overly sweet. But I could tell it was made from the standard canned mango pulp you find at any Indian grocer. At 12 oz it ended up being too small for the burrito given that I needed its coolness for the rest of the afternoon.

Next the burrito - made with paneer, tikka masala sauce, basmati rice, garbanzo beans, and cucumber raita. On first bite the spice hits you - not in the mouth on fire way; rather in the heart burn after two hours way. S noted that it's caused by a heavy hand of garam masala. To be honest, I thought the food would be more fresh - paneer chunk were from the grocer and tikka masala from a bottle; especially if you've tried Kasa in the Mission. The rice and gabanzo beans were cooked well, but their taste was lost over the garam masala.

However with all that said, I would rather go back here than the other Indian joints in the Fidi (Naan & Curry, Gaylord's, India Oven, Clay Oven). This time it'll be the smaller kati roll (made using a paratha rather than tortilla) and the deconstructed samosa (inside out).

1 comment:

  1. Oh to have a plethora of options for Indian food! Maybe I should rethink my obstinate refusal to live in SF.

    Thanks for the work break reading A!