…a vindaloo that will destroy your face…

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.

naan 'n curry, irving street, san francisco

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

4 Comments so far

  1. courtney (unregistered) on July 27th, 2005 @ 12:40 pm

    Naan n’ Curry is one of my favoritest places to eat, ever.

    Their new location in the Tenderloin is worth a visit, too! @ 478 O’Farrell St.

  2. seamus (unregistered) on July 28th, 2005 @ 12:38 pm

    Hell, yeah. I love the order-taker/manager who looks like the Desi Woody Allen. And the vindaloo is bitchen.

  3. koa (unregistered) on July 28th, 2005 @ 3:49 pm

    This place has the best chx tikka masala in the Bay Area. I think they put crack into it.

  4. Michael 'Mickey' Sattler (unregistered) on July 29th, 2005 @ 2:49 am

    One of the nice things about Nan ‘n Curry is that the food is so good that even with a pretty basic menu it’s still enticing. I can eat here a lot more than friends, from whom I sometimes get the “oh, Indian again?” thing. So then I leave them and take the wife and kids…

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