Today the suspense of wondering just what Indian Street Food ended. I stopped for lunch at Curry Up Now. The decor is casual and welcoming but looks aren’t enough to duke it out with Valencia Street’s South Asian restaurant competition. There were two printed menus one of which was Vegan. The names of the dishes were fun. What is Holy Moly Fried Ravioli, Tikka Masala Dip?
Feeling a little destructive I ordered the Deconstructed Aloo Tikki. It was anything but a disaster. The rich flavors weren’t obscured by spicy fire. My Aloo Tikki definitely had some authority, which was kept in perfect balance. This plate was right on target.
The Vegan 8 Item Thali Plater was very good but failed to jump out in front of the competition. I liked having both Papadum those little lentil crackers along with Parathas traditional Indian flatbread. Oh yes there was one of the eight items, the red one, that made you stand up and take notice. The tofu was flavorful but not spicy.
The management and wait staff was exceptionally cordial and seemed genuinely interested in how you liked the food. Each menu item had some variability. We were helped build the plate we wanted. I was even able to construct the Aloo Tikki with chicken before it was deconstructed.
I’ll go back because the food and service were great and I am curious what lies behind the Unberger.