Curry Up Now Oakland Review: Not Your Average Indian Fare

I've been a fan of Curry Up Now since they launched their food truck sometime in 2009. I was hooked the moment I took my first bite into their chicken tikka masala burrito. When I heard they were opening a location in Oakland, I was beyond excited. 

Patrick and I went to check out the new spot for lunch and had a bomb ass feast. It's located in Uptown at the corner of 18th Street and San Pablo Ave, next to music venue The New Parish. The spot is spacious and looks really cool, yet minimalist and modern. I love the bright natural lighting coming from windows. 

The food at Curry Up Now is not your average Indian fare. You'll find a variety of dishes with creative twists that stay true to bold, authentic Indian flavors. 

The "Death by Tikka Masala" Thali plate is insanely delicious, a must order. It comes with tikka masala chicken (which I highly recommend substituting for butter chicken instead), chana masala, and paneer tikka masala with turmeric rice, papadum, fluffy naan, root pickles and pico kachumber. 

I've never had anything like the Indian Railway Cutlet before. It is schnitzel-like patty of fried maggi masala noodles with vegetables. It's kind of like a patty of fried ramen noodles, very interesting texture and flavor that we really enjoyed and would definitely get again. 

The vada pav at Curry Up Now is the best I've had. It's a perfectly seasoned mashed potato fritter that's sandwiched between an Amul buttered bun with garlic chutney and a dust of seasoning. I love the lightly fried coating that reminds me of the same crispy shell as a dim sum taro puff. 

And to end our fantastic meal, we had the fennel crepes with cardamom whipped cream. They're kind of like thin dense pancakes in a light sugary syrup. Very tasty!

Even though I was super stuffed at the end of the meal, the food was so good that I wanted to eat more! 

Thanks again for having us over, Curry Up Now! A very big welcome to Oakland. We look forward to coming back. 

Visiting Curry Up Now Oakland


1745 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94612





  • Monday-Sunday 11am-9pm

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