Curry Up Now
659 Valencia St., Mission
Phone: (650) 477-1001
The first San Francisco brick-and-mortar for popular food truck Curry Up Now is now open on Valencia, serving favorites from their mobile menu like Indian-style burritos, a "deconstructed samosa," aloo paratha quesadillas, and fried ravioli with a tikka masala dip. The joint is meant to be casual, with most items under $10, and there are extensive gluten-free and vegan options for many dishes. (Check out the full menu on their website.) In two weeks, the restaurant will also launch a special weekend brunch with rotating items from different Indian regions, like dosa or pav bhaji. The beer and wine license is still coming through, but housemade rose, mango, and mint lassis, as well as ginger-mint lemonade, are on offer.
Having only been acquired in December, the 70-seat former Pizzeria space is mostly unchanged, with some reclaimed-wood and stainless-steel additions for a more industrial feel. (The owners even kept the pizza oven, which they're using to bake naan.) Perhaps the most unusual feature are the cushy wingback chairs at every table, which give the place a slightly clubby vibe. Fans of Curry Up Now should note that there are two other brick-and-mortars in Palo Alto and San Mateo, and a fourth is planned for an undisclosed SF location later this year.