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Jun 29, 2010 05:44 PM

All things curry

I'm interested in finding the best curries from all ethnicities collected into one nice centralized area. In particular, curries I regularly eat are:

Indian / Pakistani

I prefer spicier. It's possible other countries are known for curry also and I've just left them out in my ignorance of all things curry. So if anyone wants to add anything to the list, that would be nice too. :)

Decor / atmosphere is not a concern, I'll go to the dumpiest place in the world as long as it has amazing food.

I've seen a couple of recs scattered around, particularly with regards to Indian curry. I haven't seen too many recs for Japanese, Chinese, or Thai curries though.

Hoping to find at least 1-2 real curry gems for each country.


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  1. I know of 2 Japanese curry places in San Francisco.

    One is on the west side of Kearny Street, between Bush & Pine Streets. I cannot remember the name.

    The other is on the north side of Geary Blvd. around 21st/22nd Avenues. I think the place is called Volcano.

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    1. re: DavidT

      Muracci's. There's one in Los Altos now also.

      There's a Curry House in Cupertino

      Curry House
      10350 S De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014

      Muracci's 2
      244 State St, Los Altos, CA 94022

      1. re: DavidT

        Volcano Kitchen, 5454 Geary Blvd., SF
        Muracci's Japanese Restaurant, 307 Kearny St., SF

        1. re: DavidT

          I'm not a Japanese curry diehard but Tani's Kitchen in Daly city serves a remarkably intense (but not spicy, instant?) Japanese curry (beef and vege based) that floods their karaage and katsu plates. In fact, it was more tasty than a katsu curry plate i had in Ueno.

          My fav Indian curry thus far has been the chicken masala curry in Anjappar Chettinad (Milpitas) but portion is disappointing. Its cheaper cousin (Chettinad chicken) is also available in Spice Hut (Sunnyvale).

          Thai green curries hmm no clear favorite but Marnee Thai has a special place in my heart but portion is again small.

          Singaporean yellow curry - still looking for a good rendition.

          Tani's Kitchen
          32 Park Plaza Dr, Daly City, CA 94015

          1. re: DavidT

            I don't think Volcano is very good. I wished it were better, because it's pretty much all they do. But their curry is heavier and sweeter than any other Japanese curry I've had. It has coconut milk or cream or some other ingredient that doesn't seem right.

          2. Japanese curry is remarkably un-spicy. Including it may not serve your purposes. However, you could consider Burmese curry...

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            1. re: Tripeler

              I think it depends where you go. When I went to Japan I went to a curry house that had probably the spiciest food I've ever eaten. They ranked it on a scale from 1-10, and warned me against getting anything hotter than a 5. I eat my food pretty darn spicy though, but I took their recommendation and only ordered a 4, since they scared me so bad. It was ridiculous. I can't imagine what a 10 is like.

              Anyway for Japanese curry I can make an exception because it's just so darn good. ;-) I wouldn't be surprised if there were no spicy Japanese curry houses around, but if there are that would be even better.

              1. re: divisortheory

                Here in Tokyo there are a small number of places serving Japanese curry that can be considered quite hot, but most are basically dull starchy gravy. If I want spicy curry here, I go for Thai, Indian or perhaps Burmese.

            2. I like King of Thai in the Richmond in SF. It's pretty good, maybe not the best of the best Thai ever, but solid, affordable and still my regular Thai place in the Bay Area. It's best on a cold night, it's nice to go in and see the chefs cooking over a hot stove, warms you up right away.
              Oh, I almost forgot - all good Persian restaurants make this dish called Fesenjun (different spellings at almost each place). It's technically a curry and it's made by grinding up walnuts and pomegranate seeds and stewing chicken in the sauce. Not spicy but you can eat it with rice. Everyone must try this at least once in their life.

              King of Thai Kitchen 2
              346 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

              1. I have had good curries at Marnee Thai, 2225 Irving in San Francisco. You can request the amount of heat you prefer.

                Marnee Thai Restaurant
                2225 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

                1. Cambodian curries are similar to Thai curries, but still have their own distinctive taste, and are noticeably sweeter, yet still delicious. Angkor Borei in SF and Battambang in Oakland are equally good, I find Phnom Penh House in Oakland to be a step down

                  850 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

                  Phnom Penh House
                  251 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607