Naan and Curry (downtown) report
I have never seen a more successful restaurant opening. It's been packed every day since opening a week ago. And it's all fanatics! These people have got to be chowhounds. Some quotes overheard from random people:
"Yeah, I was here last night too, also! I didn't see you."
"I've eaten lunch here every day since they opened!"
"I'll do all the ordering. You guys are bankers, after all."
The food is really good, I think, but not extraordinary. The naan is fresh, vindaloo spicy. I don't think they expected it to be such a mad success, the kitchen has trouble keeping up, we waited 15 minutes for our food today. But I'm going back next week.
I noticed this place early Saturday evening as I was on Columbus heading for the Bay Bridge. Seeing that it was open, and recalling all the raves on this board, I quickly found a parking spot and decided to stop in. I was a bit surprised to see a lack of people there...I guess they do most of their business during the weekdays, at least for now (hint: avoid the rush and come here on a weekend; it's also a bit easier to find parking).
Anyhoo, I ordered the $4.99 Chicken Tikka Masala some people here are recommending, and the $1.99 Garlic Naan. The naan was savory. The Masala was pretty much 5 pieces of chicken drenched in curry sauce. I guess it should be described as "sauce with boneless chicken" instead of vice versa. Not being well versed in this type of cuisine, is this typical of the curry dishes? Or was I shortchanged? For $5 I would have expected a bit more chicken. Maybe it's the high rents they're paying for a premium location. The upside is that the sauce is indeed deliciously spicy, and any leftover sauce can be reused by cooking with chicken breast at home, along with some basmati or jasmine rice. Yum yum!
I'm definitely going to try some of their other dishes, perhaps their tandoori kababs or biryanis (fried rice with meat). Any other suggestions would be much appreciated.
Hours: 11:30am to 12 midnight daily (gotta love those hours!)
Address: 533 Jackson St. just off of Columbus