Making the move to Uptown Oakland!

That's right! We've secured the perfect location for our 5th brick & mortar restaurant in the Oakland neighborhood of Uptown and we couldn't be more excited. 

Our founders, Akash and Rana Kapoor always welcomed the opportunity to share their vision of tasty, convenient, affordable dining with an engaged foodie community. In this spirit, they thought, what could be more appropriate than opening in Oakland. 

The Oakland menu will include our quintessential street food items such as Bhel Puri (puffed rice, potato garbanzo mash, cucumber), Vada Pav (mashed potato fritter sandwiched between an Amul buttered bun) and Pav Bhaji (a Mumbai street Bhaji mash of cauliflower, beans, carrots, potatoes and peas). Not to be missed will of course be the iconic Tikka Masala Burrito and our deconstructed Samosa along with The Naughty Naan and Sexy Fries plus many vegan and gluten-free choices. New to the menu are Kofta Fauja Singh (chicken or lamb kofta meatballs), Indian Railway Cutlet (schnitzel-like cutlet of crumb fried maggi masala noodle and veggies with Sriracha aioli) and Kababpav (chicken or lamb kofta meatballs on a Amul buttered bun with onions, chutney, hot sauce and chips).

Among the choices of self-serve libations will be Ginger Mint Lemonade and house made lassis including Mango Lassi, Mint Mango Lassi, and Rose Mango Lassi. Select beers and wines, often California sourced, will be offered, along with a sangria bar.

The 1,800 square foot venue, designed by Stephanie Batties of Right Touch Designs, will seat up to 50 guests and evoke an Old Calcutta ethos with wicker and wood finishes, tile work, ceiling fans and colorful portraits from Rajasthan. There will be a community table and sidewalk seating for 16 is planned.

Curry Up Now in Oakland will be located at 1745 San Pablo Avenue, near 18th Street, adjacent to The New Parish entertainment venue. The restaurant will be open daily for lunch and dinner with late night hours for New Parish events. 


Tasty New Menu Items

Our menu got a revamp! Next time you visit try one of these new menu items, now available at our San Francisco, San Mateo, San Jose locations. Most also available at our Palo Alto location. 

Winner Top 100 Movers & Shakers 2016

We are honored to be a recipient of this year's Fast Casual's Top 100 Movers & Shakers award. Our co-founders, Akash and Amir, attended the event in Chicago over the May 21 weekend to receive the award alongside other nation-wide fast-casual brands. 

Recipients of the awards were rated on growth and sales, technology, design, customer experience, sustainability and menu offerings. 

What makes this award extra special is for one we were the only Bay Area-based restaurant to make the list and we were rated amongst very large, well-known brands such as Shake Shack, Smashburger, Starbucks, MOD Pizza, Sweetgreen, plus many others.

View the full list of winners and descriptions here.  

Pictured: Curry Up Now co-founders Amir Hosseini and Akash Kapoor with Fast Casual representatives

Pictured: Curry Up Now co-founders Amir Hosseini and Akash Kapoor with Fast Casual representatives


New Menu Now Available in San Mateo & San Jose

We've added some tasty new menu items for you to grub on. Check out the menu below. Currently only available at our San Mateo & San Jose locations, but will be available in San Francisco shortly. 

Check out these new additions below:
Tau, The Dude, Angry Idli Manchurian, Bhel Puri, Marwari Kachori Chaat, Aloo Tikki Chaat, Major Taj Sareen Thali Platter, Quesadillix, Tikka Tikka Hummus, Salad, Kids Menu & Desserts. 


12 Days of Giveaways - Two Tickets to the Nutcracker!


IT'S THE 12 DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS - Starting December 1 and ending December 12! All you have to do is follow us on social and answer one question daily on either Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. We'll choose one lucky winner each day to win a meal at our restaurant. After the 12 days we'll randomly choose one of the 12 winners to win a holiday themed night out on the town for 2!

HOLIDAY NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN includes dinner for 2 at Curry Up Now, 2 tokens for ice cream at Smitten (so good!) and 2 tickets to see the Nutcracker at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco on Tuesday, December 22 at 7pm. 

BONUS POINTS to those that come up with the most creative answers! 

If you have any questions about the contest you can email us at

Good luck!


Lunch Box Love: Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

Our co-owner and mother of three young daughters, Rana Kapoor, shared her favorite Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich school lunch recipe with the kids app company, Toca Boca.

Since Rana is always on the go (with four restaurants & five food trucks to run!) she likes to make quick, but healthy meals for her daughters' school lunch. One of her favorite, easy to make recipes is a chicken salad sandwich with a bit of a Curry Up Now twist. Since her kids are used to things a little more on the spicier side she adds a dash of Sriracha for a little kick and blends in curry powder and diced shallot.  

You can view the recipe and entire post on the Toca Boca website here

Let us know if you try out the recipe and if your little ones love the sandwich as much as Rana's does! 

New Location to Open in San Jose

We're finally opening our newest brick & mortar location in San Jose at 3250 Zanker Rd on Thursday, September 24! This will be our fourth restaurant location with the others in San Mateo, Palo Alto and San Francisco. 

A large portion of the 3,900 square foot space will be designated as Mortar & Pestle Bar with a 24-seater bar and an outdoor patio that seats 22. The main dining room will boast 80 seats with mixed use and community tables along with an additional patio at the front entrance for a total seating capacity of 160. The space will showcase our signature industrial Bollywood chic interior design with locally built, custom upcycled lighting fixtures, a giant stencil wall behind the bar and a 36 foot custom hand-painted mural.

Menu highlights include our iconic, fan-favorite dishes such as the Tikka Masala Burrito, Deconstructed Samosa, Sexy Fries and Naughty Naan. Not to be missed will be new menu items such as the Babloo & Chotu Salad, Tikka Tikka Hummus - a Kabab Platter, Dynamite Tangra Wings, Biryani Arancini and Churros Garma Garam with Bournvita chocolate sauce on the dessert menu. The dine-in menu will be available for take-out and off-premise catering will be a specialty of the house.

We will also feature a weekend brunch menu showcasing breakfast favorites with an Indian twist such as Malpua Fennel Crepes, Huevos Rancheros, Bird’s Nest Samosa - with a baked egg and greens, as well as freshly baked savory and sweet scones.  Boozy libations will be served alongside brunch including an eclectic selection of Bloody Mary’s we call Bloodies with flavors such as Tikka & Curry.

Please join us for our grand opening on Thursday, September 24. See you all there!

Bartender's Laboratory - Six New Cocktails


New Cocktails at Mortar & Pestle Bar

Our bartenders have mixed up six of their very own concoctions, which are now available in the Bartender's Laboratory section in our cocktail menu in San Mateo.

One of our new favorites is Jaded Remedy with mezcal, tequila, St. Germain, lemon, cucumber and orange bitters. This cocktail remedies it all and hydrates the soul. Perfect for a warm spring evening. 

We're also loving the Goddess of Liberation. It mixes gin, chile liqueur, lime, bitters and kombucha. It's a refreshing cocktail that's floated with house-made probiotic & antioxidant-rich kombucha. So good.

Swing by for social hour from 5-6pm. 

Mortar & Pestle Bar World Whiskey Tasting Event

Join us on Sunday, March 1 from 4-6pm at Mortar & Pestle Bar (behind Curry Up Now) for two hours of tasting six of the finest whiskeys from around the world. Price includes delicious appetizers from Curry Up Now. Tickets are limited. 

Pour List:

HOMESTEAD is a small batch barrel proof bourbon
AMRUT is an award winning Indian Single Malt 
ARMORIK is a French single malt from sherry casks
STALK AND BARREL is a single malt from Canada, 1014 whisky of the year for Canada 
KILCHOMAN MACHIR BAY is a single malt from Islay Scotland, Islay single malt of the year
NIKKA COFFEE GRAIN is a corn based single grain whisky made in unconventional coffee stills

Tickets are limited. To purchase tickets click here