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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Shakewell Review: A Must Visit for Brunch (Oakland)

I honestly can't believe that it has taken me this long to finally visit Shakewell, a cozy and stylish Mediterranean restaurant in Oakland that's been open for two years. Patrick and I were invited over for brunch on Sunday and we can't stop raving about all the outstanding food we ate. 

Their menu stands a part from your standard brunch spot with options like shakshuka (Moroccan baked eggs), falafel cakes, fried chicken and churros, smoked salmon flatbread, and my favorite mushroom toast with red hawk and truffles. If you're a traditionalist, you'll be happy to see typical options as well from local bagels from Authentic Bagel Co. to eggs, bacon and crispy potatoes. Patrick and I shared three dishes and loved them all: 

A visit to Shakewell is worth it for this mushroom toast alone. It is one of the best things I've ever put into my mouth. Rich and indulgent mushroom toast with funky creamy and oozy red hawk cheese, Himalayan truffles, melted leeks, and chives. Each bite is full of bold flavors. It's buttery, nutty and subtly sweet from the melted leeks and caramelized mushrooms. It is to die for. 

So many places offer chicken and waffles, but I've never seen any place offer chicken and churros. You'll want to order this because it's pretty remarkable. The chicken breast is marinated in yogurt, rubbed in spices then deep fried. Served with crispy airy churros that have just the right amount of dough in the middle, drizzled with a sweet buttermilk syrup. I only wish I had more buttermilk syrup to dunk my churros in. Also, you should know that I absolutely hate chicken breast, but their breast was so freakin' moist that I couldn't help myself from loving it

The mac and cheese is cheesy, gooey, and creamy. Full of rosemary ham, brussels sprouts, bechamel and parmesan, topped with crumbs and scallions. It's well worth the food coma that put me to sleep. 

I must not forget to mention their cocktail options. I absolutely loved my mango-passion agua fresca (really was more of a spritzer) and Patrick loved his Lakeshore Cooler, a concoction of hanson cucumber mint organic vodka, cocchi americano, lime, and dill syrup. 

Shakewell makes the kind of food that we both love to eat and are willing to travel for. Simply fantastic food with bold flavors, beautiful and bright spacious dining room with quick and friendly service to boot.

Shakewell is truly one of the best brunches I've had in Oakland. I can't wait to come back for more, especially for dinner (their wood-oven paella sounds incredible!). 

By the way, Shakewell is offering some awesome weekday deals:

Family Style Tuesdays: Served every Tuesday night, the Fried Chicken Dinner feeds four to six people, and includes two buttermilk-fried organic 38 North chickens along with two sides, pickles, cornbread, and three sauces. For those who arrive before 6 p.m., churros with buttermilk syrup are on the house.

We Drink Wine Wednesdays: Every Wednesday night, diners receive 20 percent off every bottle of wine, and the corkage fee is waived.

Buck a Shuck Thursdays: Every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m., shucked oysters are only $1 apiece at the bar.

Thank you so much for having us as your guests, Shakewell team! 

Visiting Shakewell


3407 Lakeshore Ave. Oakland, CA 94610



(510) 251-0329


  • Brunch Saturday & Sunday   10:30a.m. - 2:30p.m.

  • Happy Hour @ bar Tuesday - Sunday   4:00 - 6.00p.m. 

  • Lunch Wednesday - Friday   11:30a.m. - 2:30p.m.                 

  • Dinner Tuesday-Saturday   5:30 - 10:00p.m.              

  • Dinner Sunday   5:00 - 9:00p.m. 

  • Closed Monday

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Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse Review: So Much Juicy Meat (Oakland)

If the thought of endless juicy rotisserie meat served on skewers and carved table side makes you salivate then you need to head over to Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse in Oakland. Be prepared to have all your senses completely overwhelmed by various cuts of meat from ribeyes, skirt, flank, leg of lamb, pork and chicken. 

Patrick and I recently went for dinner as guests of the house and we really enjoyed ourselves. As soon as we sat down, we were served a scrumptious plate of traditional appetizers: tapioca cheese bread, fried plantains and fried polenta. 

Then we hit up the buffet, which was impressively diverse in comparison to Fogo de Chao. There was a lot of variety to choose from like feijoada, salami, fresh mozzarella, mango salad and smoked salmon. 

As much as I wanted to pig out at the buffet, I held back because the meat is what Galeto is all about. Each skewer of meat they brought out was super good, and what makes it even more awesome is that you can request the meat cooked to your preference (medium rare for me, please). Our favorite cut of the night was the glistening ribeye. It was perfectly seasoned with a gorgeous crown in tact and you could see the juices drip through each cut. 

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As we begin to settle in with our consumption of meats, a caipirinha cart appears before us! 

Caipirinha is Brazil's national cocktail made of cachaça (sugar cane hard liquor), limes and sugar. I've had more caipirinhas than I can count in my life and theirs is worth the trip to Galeto alone. Believe me, not everyone can nail down this drink. 

We end a fantastic meal with two decent desserts, a flan and warm chocolate cake. 

Brazilian steakhouses are a fun experience that's well worth the value. Galeto is priced at $49.95 per person, which is money well spent in comparison to overpriced American steakhouses that I often find to be unsatisfying. Galeto's price is also $10 less than other Brazilian steakhouses in the Bay Area. Galeto offers a few less options than other well-known Brazilian steakhouses. You won't find a skewer of hearts here, but they do stack up to the high standards of their competitors. 

Galeto is worth more than a visit. I'll definitely be back. 

Thank you Galeto team for having us for dinner! 

Visiting Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse


Prices / Menu


1019 Clay Street, Oakland, CA



  • MON – FRI - 11:30 AM – 02:00 PM
  • SUNDAY - 12:00 PM – 03:00 PM
  • (Closed for lunch on Saturday)


  • SUN – THU 05:00 PM – 09:00 PM
  • FRI – SAT 05:00 PM – 09:30 PM

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