I came across that phrase in an online restaurant review of Naan ‘n Curry, one of my favorite places to eat (and rather cheaply at that), and it’s stuck with me. There are a few locations around the Bay Area, and some restaurants similarly-named. Our special location is on Irving Street at 8th Ave., on the ‘N’ Judah MUNI line.
On the sidewalk outside the succulent seducing scents surround. Each dish has it’s own wonderful character, from my favorite, the Boneless Chicken Krachi, to my Dad’s, the Prawn Curry, my wife’s, the Bitter Melon Curry, and even the kids, the “Washed” Boneless Chicken Tikka Marsala. Most of the folks we’ve chatted with say it’s too spicy, even when ordered mild, but they’ve really gotten the “wash” part down. The naan is good, and the bottomless cup of free masala tea (aka chai) is seriously refreshing.
The staff is pleasant, able to deal with the constant crowds, and the get-it-yourself thing is fine. Azam, the busboy, is absolutely great with kids. (Yes, another kid-friendly restaurant, with highchairs and two bathrooms. Whats not to like?) If you’re looking for linen napkins or pub food go elsewhere. If you want bitchin’ good food that tastes even better when reheated in the middle of the night, head on over and jump right in.
My only wish: add a regular sweet lassi to the mango, which is a bit, umm, mango-y.
Naan ‘n Curry / 642 Irving St. @ 8th Ave. / +1.415.664.7225