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Curry Leaf - Sri Lankan in SJ - Not Long for this World

Netscape for Now | Oct 14, 200405:32 PM

I've dropped by this place a couple times for lunch since Melanie mentioned it last week. I'm no expert on Sri Lankan food (I've had it a handful of times in LA) but I thought Curry Leaf's version tasted pretty good-The stringhoppers weren't as tasty as I remembered them, but the curries-I've tried the pork and the goat-tasted right and, importantly for me, didn't skimp on the heat.

The place was deserted both times I've been (one guy came in and left because they didn't have nan- whatta maroon!) The owner gave me the scoop- their chef has had visa problems and is unable to get into the US. They have been doing the cooking themselves (she described their current selection as "homestyle") but she feels their limited repertoire is not enough to meet the expectations of the expat community and even if they had a crowd, they lack the professional kitchen skills to deal with it. Anyway I thought I'd give y'all the heads up- if you were thinking about giving this place a try, I'd suggest you do it soon.

Coincidentally, the NYT ran a piece on Sri Lankan cooking yesterday- might put a few folks in the mood.


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