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Curry Leaf: Cheap Sri Lankan food in San Jose

felice | Oct 26, 200402:14 AM

It was 2pm on Saturday and we were driving around San Jose, not knowing where to go because Ramen Halu was already closed for lunch. We were near Santana Row and vaguely remembered that there was a Thai restaurant nearby but we couldn't find it. I finally gave in to Nathan's request to go to "Curry Leaf", a random Sri Lankan restaurant on the corner of Stevens Creek and Bascom. I had resisted his suggestion at first because 1)the name sounded too Americanized and generic, 2)of all the restaurants in all the strip malls on the peninsula, how could this one possibly be any good, and 3)the restaurant was empty. But with no internet (and thus no chowhound), we had no choice but to eat at some random place.

When we walked in I was even more alarmed because all the food was sitting in warming trays. Apparently, they only cook food to order for dinner. Lunch is more of a "3 items for $6.99" type of deal. It was past 2pm, the food had been sitting there for a while, and the place was empty. I was worried.

Boy was I surprised when I had my first bite...the food was very good!!! My three items were goat curry, cucumber salad, and pickled vegetables. These items were served with rice and a crispy puff (I forgot the name but it is one of the Indian breads). Nathan had the pork curry, lentils, and green beans. The lentils had excellent flavor. The green beans, despite being on the warming tray for god knows how long, were still crispy, the pork was very tender, and the goat curry tasted great. The food was spiced with a lot of Indian spices as well as some Thai chili peppers.

My only complaints are that the food was warm rather than piping hot and the goat was very chewy. Other than that, everything was tasty.

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