My son and I had dinner last night at Curry Village, the new Indian place on 9th Ave. between Irving and Judah. Decor is a step up from the curry dives of the Tenderloin, but it's the food that will, I hope, draw big crowds. (I was surprised to see it relatively empty.)
We had samosas (served with two sauces -- tamarind and mint -- as well as chana masala), chicken tikka masala, bhindi masala, rice and naan. Samosas were fine but are rarely a favorite of mine (the nine year old held sway), and the CTM was excellent. Not as creamy and heavy as Pakwan's, it had a good hint of tamarind and was fairly spicy. Okra was superb.
Service was extraordinary. The owners are trying hard to make a go of it. They were pleased to see a nine year old chowing down and asked him about his tolerance for hot food. They later brought him a mango lassi (on the house). Food was served piping hot, and water glasses were refilled promptly. I was also pleased to see the staff deal patiently and gently with a drunk patron. Had he been loud and difficult, they might have ushered him out, but he was sleepy and quiet, and they treated him with respect and, in the end, just a bit of firmness.
It's no match for the likes of Amber, but of the inexpensive Indian places in town, this is the best I've encountered.