Tagged: Indian Restaurants

Jul 24

Creamy Spices at Aslam’s Rasoi

I don’t get many cravings while pregnant, but one cuisine I do want every once in a while is Indian food! Since we don’t have many weekends left to go out for meals in peace and quiet, we decided to drive along the Mission District and drove by Aslam’s Rasoi which was on my to-eat list!  Upon arrival, we were greeted by a really friendly host who also took our order, turns out he was the owner/chef’s son, the service was definitely good. We don’t normally go to Indian restaurants with linens, the prices were higher than our favorite Indian restaurant, Chutney.

We shared the creamy and spicy Chicken Tikka Masala, tandoori boneless chicken sauteed with herbs, spices, tomatoes and cream, and the Dum Aloo Vindaloo, spiced potatoes with a hot tomato curry sauce with cumin. To soak up all the wonderful spicy sauces from the dishes, we ordered the Pulao, basmati rice cooked with saffron, cumin, cardamom and cinnamon, the regular Naan and the Garlic and Basil Naan. The naan was really good, very fluffy and light! To calm the spices down a bit, I enjoyed a few cups of Chai, homemade tea with milk, cardamom, cinnamon and fennel.  There were refills and the spices were delicious so I couldn’t resist having a few cups, I probably shouldn’t have drank so many, I was a bit wired after.  Very good Indian food, would definitely recommend!


Dec 04

Spices & Spices at Chutney Restaurant

I love Chutney, and I can’t tell you how many times I think about grabbing food to go to bring home. I probably think about it everytime I pass by Jones Street. The restaurant is not located at the best locations in San Francisco, it is in the Tenderloin and there are lots of crazy loud homeless people roaming the area. We walked there from downtown and had to change paths here and there to avoid the really crowded homeless areas cause I was actually scared. But as scary as it can be outside, once you walk into Chutney, you will suddenly feel safe.  Maybe it’s due to the smell of the spices, the long line waiting to put in their orders or pay for what they just ate, the warm crowded space or the nice bus boys setting and cleaning one table after another.

It’s been a while since we’ve visited, and as we were walking there, all I could think about was the warm, creamy, spicy and sweet tikka masala. We ordered a lot for just two of us and EVERYTHING was full of spices and delicious, just the way I remember it! We had the Boneless Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Vindaloo cooked with Potatoes and a spicy sauce and Lamb Seekh Kabab which is ground lamb marinated in spices on skewers and cooked in the clay oven. Of course we had to get an order of the Regular Naan, Onion Naan and a Rice Pullao which is saffron flavored basmati rice.  As we enjoyed our hearty meal, we also enjoyed the sweet complimentary Chai.

Dip your naan in the tikka masala sauce and you will not want to waste any of it, you might even consider licking the plate at the end of your meal! Yes…it’s that good!


Jun 26

Hurry Up and Curry Up Now

On Friday night, there was an event called Off the Grid at the Fort Mason Center. I don’t work in downtown San Francisco or in any area that is closeby to these popular food trucks and food carts, so I had to attend this event to see what everyone’s been talking about! It started at 5:00pm and I got there at 7:00pm, needless to say, quite a few food vendors ran out of food and the lines were super long for those who were still serving! I decided to wait in the long line for Curry Up Now since I’ve heard really good reviews.  I have to admit that I was afraid that they were going to tell the line that they were out of food, I think I would have cried cause I was starving. So as I stood in line in the cold windy night, I was hoping for this place not to run out of food or at least have me as their last customer. Please please please, let me make the cut.

I honestly didn’t even know what they served until I got closer to the truck to see the menu. So yes, we were waiting in line for about 30 minutes not knowing what we were planning to eat. When we finally got to the front, the girl taking the order was so nice and sweet, she was just so happy to be taking the order. Even with such an ongoing line, she was not stressed  and didn’t rush us. We wanted the Samosa but they already ran out. So we ordered the Tikka Masala Burrito with Chicken and the Kathi Roll with Beef. Both of these were really good and we loved the concept of the burrito.  And they were both very spicy so they kept us warm in the cold. I’m really glad that I finally got to try Curry Up Now, I hear that their menu changes every so often, but after trying these two items, I am sure that their other menu items will be full of spices too! LOVED it!

I heard that this Off the Grid event will be going on for a few more Fridays at the Fort Mason Center, for more information, check them out on their Off the Grid Website or on their Facebook page! I plan to try the other food trucks I didn’t get to try, and next time, I plan to get there earlier!