The food truck craze continues as I now review Curry Up Now.
This food truck is conveniently located a half block from my workplace in the FiDi, but since it’s an actual truck…..you have to go to their website or Twitter/Facebook to confirm their daily location. They’re usually at the same place though. Curry Up Now has 3 trucks (one in the FiDi, one serving the Peninsula, and a recently added new one) and even has an iPhone app now!
The Curry Up Now truck arrives around 11:30am and leaves at 2pm. I recommending getting there around 11:30am or a bit before. Don’t even think about coming between noon to 1pm unless you want to wait in a line of 30+ people. You could also take a chance in coming late right before the truck closes at 2pm. The line moves fairly quickly though. If there are 30 people, you’ll wait a little over 30 minutes in line.
The truck put out their menu daily on the website, but always has Deconstructed Samosa (an inside-out samosa) and Tikka Masala Burritos (Chicken or Paneer, which is Cheese) on their menu and then adds a daily special. You can order regular or spicy for any of the items except ones that are just naturally made spicy. Yogurt and other sauces can be manually scooped into small plastic souffle cups while you wait for your order to be fulfilled. Also available are Indian sodas, Indian chips, Mango Lassi, regular Samosas, and your usual/normal assortment of water and other drinks.
The Deconstructed Samosa is an inside-out samosa and basically a bunch of meat (ground beef, chicken, or paneer), onions, green sauce, and chick peas. It also has 4 mini samosas on the corners of the take-out box to make up the “skin” or outside part of a samosa. This dish is great if you’re on somewhat of a protein-based diet….well….minus the skin of the mini samosas. A good bang for your buck if you want mostly meaty substance in your meal.
The Tikka Masala Burritos are wrapped in foil and ready-to-go since they are the most ordered item. You basically get the burrito almost immediately after you order and don’t have to wait for your order to be fulfilled unless you’re getting something else/special. You just have to tell the cashier if you want regular or spicy. The burrito is huge and leaves you plenty stuffed. This is an excellent value and can possibly be split into two meals. I usually order the chicken tikka masala burrito and the meat is tender and the burrito has a bit of spiciness when I always order it regular. I guess that means it’s authentic.
Amir’s Aloo Paranatha Quesadillix is what the Peninsula truck usually serves. It’s served at my FiDi location sometimes. When you take one of our family’s favorite dishes (Quesadilla) and throw in some Indian flava…..that makes it one of my most highly recommended dishes. I could say that the Quesadillix is simply amazing and I could eat it for weeks on end, but it still wouldn’t give it the justice it deserves! I could go on and on, but I won’t. You also get a samosa on the side to boot. They really need to make this dish a regular at my FiDi location.
Sexy Fries is the new staple menu item. It’s waffle fries with Chicken Tikka Masala or Paneer Tikka Masala smothered on top. Think Animal Style Fries from In-N-Out but with CTM or PTM instead. The Sexy Fries you have to eat with a fork because the Chicken Tikka Masala is oozing with melted cheese and is a bit spicy (which you don’t want on your hands and then wherever else they go), but oh so good.
Holy Moly Fried Ravioli is a new special item. It’s fried cheese ravioli topped with either Chicken or Paneer Tikka Masala, Halal Beef, or Vegeterian options. I had the halal beef topping and it was a bit spicy although very tasty. The fried cheese ravioli had light breading, but the cheese wasn’t stringy as in other cheese raviolis.
The Thali Combo Platter was a brick and mortar restaurant item that was added as a regular menu item on the trucks. It consists of: White or Brown Rice, Paranatha (Naan), Garbanzo Beans, Pickles, Papadum, and your choice of protein. I chose the regular Chicken Tikka Masala. The naan was light, airy, and fluffy. It was perfection. The Thali Combo Platter was basically your CTM burrito contents shown separately, with the exception of pickles/salsa on the side.
When there’s a regular line of 30+ people and actual people from the culture the food is based off of waiting for the food truck, you know something good is goin’ on.
Children’s Menu [n]
Changing Station [n]
Stroller Access [the sidewalk]