Sometimes I have to remind myself that the hole-in-the-wall Indian restaurants of my youth are either gone or on the verge of extinction. This is a new era and Indian food isn't so exotic anymore and visiting Curry Up reaffirmed this notion. It's a clean, bright, modern cafe with plenty of space and a savvy, average-priced menu that won't scare off the natives.
Indeed, I was the only person of Indian origins in the restaurant, which is a first for me. The friendly woman at the register was Caucasian and the lone cook was Hispanic. Another customer, who spoke only Spanish, had a hard time ordering, though he seemed pleased by the bits of Spanish in the Slumdog Millionaire song "Jai Ho" which played over the speaker. A globalized world.
I had batata vada ($3.99) which came out a bit too soft and bland for my likes. Similarly, the masala dosa ($7.49) wasn't crispy enough and the potato stuffing lacked zing and was too starchy. All of the food looked perfectly authentic, but the flavors were off, or maybe dumbed-down for suburban tastes. A globalized world, again.
Kudos to them for labeling all their vegan dishes, though. That's a nice touch.
Curry Up also has an Indian grocery section with some staple spices and bulk products.
If I were in the area, Curry Up would edge out Qdoba or Chipotle (the only other vegan-friendly places in that sprawled strip-mall area), but it's otherwise not worth the long drive from Minneapolis or St. Paul proper.