Salute Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry With These Great Curry Dishes
San Francisco is beyond proud of Stephen Curry, the Golden State Warriors’ All-Star point guard and NBA Finals MVP. In his honor, we thought it would be fun to highlight some of the city’s best places for curry, plus a few special Steph Curry dishes, too.
Amber India (25 Yerba Buena Lane)
This downtown spot has a busy happy hour, wildly popular lunch buffet (don’t miss Amber’s butter chicken) and is quite the setting for a pleasant dinner as well. Goat curry, lamb “pizza” (vindaloo over naan) and some excellent vegetarian dishes should be on your list. Their dal is amazing.
Chai Bar by David Rio (1019 Market St.)
Fans of tea will get a kick out of the Steph Curry iced drink at this chai bar, which comes with fresh-brewed black tea, lemon, ginger and cardamom, and is lightly sweetened.
Curry Up Now (659 Valencia St.)
With a name like Curry Up Now, you get a sense these folks like to have fun. The quirky menu lists dishes like deconstructed samosas and naughty naan, but curry fans will want to check out the tikka masala burrito, or go for a mix of items with the thali plate. It’s all affordable, with big flavors. Note that there are also food trucks in addition to the brick-and-mortar location in the Mission.
DOSA (1700 Fillmore St. and 995 Valencia St.)
For flavorful Indian dishes that have their roots in the South of India, like the namesake dosa, DOSA delivers. Ingredients are mostly organic and sustainably sourced—it’s also an ideal place for people with dietary restrictions since DOSA has a binder that outlines the ingredients in each dish. You’ll find plenty of curries on the menu (like prawn masala), but they also have the Steph Curry cocktail, with Four Roses bourbon, curried nectar, spiced agave, lime juice and tempranillo.
E&O Asian Kitchen (314 Sutter St.)
This Union Square restaurant has a great happy hour and fun food to share, whether it’s for lunch or dinner. Curry fans should get the coconut curry ceviche appetizer and the butternut squash dumplings come with a delicious Thai red curry lemongrass sauce.
Kin Khao (55 Cyril Magnin St.)
Pim Techamuanvivit’s Thai restaurant is tucked away in an unlikely location in Union Square, but once you find it, the exquisitely made curries will have you making a beeline back soon. Get the hor mok mushroom curry mousse terrine, and the khao soi is fantastic (especially on a chilly day).
Little Delhi (83 Eddy St.)
This downtown Indian restaurant does a quality job for a good price. Start with the spicy aloo tikki (potato patties topped with garbanzo curry) before moving on to their extensive list of curries, from classics like tikka masala to spicy vindaloo to lamb curry, which you can sop up with pillowy naan.
Muracci’s Japanese Curry and Grill (307 Kearny St.)
A top pick of downtown workers, Muracci’s makes their curry in house (a two-day process), which you can enjoy over katsu (chicken or pork cutlet), beef, tofu and vegetables and many more options. Expect a lunch rush.
Clay Oven Indian Cuisine (Multiple locations)
You’ll find many locations of this Indian restaurant around town. The menu features a bunch of classic curries, but you can also request an off-the-menu item, paneer tikka masala.
Indian Oven (233 Fillmore St.)
This Lower Haight Indian restaurant has been open since 1988, and often has a line of people waiting for their tandoori dishes, samosas and other crowd-pleasing favorites (curry fans should get the spicy lamb vindaloo). It has a nice atmosphere, which is a big part of its appeal.
New Delhi (160 Ellis St.)
The splashy décor of this Downtown/Union Square Indian restaurant goes all out. Chicken masala, lamb curry, fish Goa curry and many more dishes are on the list of curries. It’s also worth noting they have a full bar.
North India (123 Second St.)
Known for its affordable lunch buffet by downtown workers, you can also use them for delivery, and order off a long list of curries.
Marcia Gagliardi writes a popular insider weekly e-column, tablehopper, about the San Francisco dining and drinking scene, get all the latest news at www.tablehopper.com. Follow @tablehopper on Twitter and Instagram for more San Francisco finds!
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