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chowdown at Tasty Curry [San Francisco]

elise h | Apr 9, 200407:33 PM

This Chowdown was part of the Curry Dive series. I had sampled Tasty Curry the week before the chowdown. I'm commenting on two items: naan and bengan bharta. Other hounds, please let the rest of Chowdom know your opinions!

In my pre-chowdown sampling, I ordered naan, bengan bharta and chicken tika masala. The naan was incredible - slightly scorched, smokey in smell.

At the chowdown, however, the naan was initially very different. It seemed on par with naan you buy at the grocery and heat up in your oven. Like it had never been near a tandoor. I was really disappointed - I had trumpeted Tasty Curry's naan as a naan of all naans.

We ordered several more naans as the dinner progressed. Strangely, this second order was the true naan - slightly scorched and smokey. By that time, though, most hounds were near the end of their meals.

What happened? Did the naan master take a break? Next time, I'll send back the naan if it isn't up to what I know Tasty Curry can do with their tandoor.

The eggplant dish, bengan bharta, was excellent as it was in my sampling. Chunky and flavorful, rather than pureed, with some spice and heat. Note that my sampling was a to-go order and Tasty Curry carefully wrapped up the cardboard take out boxes with plastic wrap to avoid spills. Very appropriate, and a extra step to help their customers.

My conclusion is to go for the vegetable dishes and the naan, which can be excellent. But don't settle for a sub par naan!

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