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Have you tasted Sri Lankan cuisine in the bay area?

That was their 2nd restaurant. Have they closed the 1st one?

May 05, 2013
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Need a recommendation for lazy lunch in the town on Sunday

I can understand that very well now after climbing 135 steps to Napier Lane. The weather was wonderful in the afternoon today, but the thought of doing this at least once every day wiped out all the romantic ideas that we had about living on the east slope of Telegraph hill among the gardens, the parrots while enjoying the spectacular views of the bay.

Dec 02, 2012
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Need a recommendation for lazy lunch in the town on Sunday

Had a long brunch/lunch watching football, sitting toasty next to a fire in Blackwood Asian fusion restaurant on Chestnut st in Marina. The strip steak and the stone pot were good.

Dec 02, 2012
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Need a recommendation for lazy lunch in the town on Sunday

Great suggestions! Thank you!!!

I love the idea of a bit of a hot toddy, but in this strangely warm and wet day, even beer would be fine.

And we have to navigate the wet Filbert steps to reach the open house. We might as well test the worst conditions if we want to live there.

Dec 02, 2012
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Need a recommendation for lazy lunch in the town on Sunday

We live in Fremont, but visit the city every afternoon for Open House as we are looking to buy a condo. We have a peculiar situation this time - a Open House in Cow Hollow area in the morning and then the next one on Telegraph Hill at 2PM. We will have nearly 3 hrs in between to kill. Appreciate a recommendation for a place where we can sit, have lunch and preferably access internet. Internet is not mandatory.

Wondering if we should hang around Chestnut St. If it was the fall, we would have headed out to the picnic at Presidio.

Dec 01, 2012
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Have you tasted Sri Lankan cuisine in the bay area?

Hi Melanie,

Read the earlier discussion threads on this restaurant (wish I had located them before opening a new one). One of your link points to Lakdivafoods. I trawled that website and noticed the name "Aloka" mentioned in the guestbook. Alok is the owner of Kadupul. Maybe Kadupul is the new avatar of that catering service. Just my guess.

I usually pack some stuff for quick dinner for the day we travel for camping or skiing - earlier I used to be partial to a Goat Biryani from The Mynt restaurant in San Jose and nowadays it is some stuff from Kadupul.

Dec 05, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Have you tasted Sri Lankan cuisine in the bay area?

If you are not familiar with this cuisine, my recommendation would be for 2-3 people:

Appetizers: Spicy Crab cakes
Main Course: String Hoppers (Plain hoppers only on weekend nights) with Beef curry (or Wild Boar curry) and Sri Lankan Biryani (also called Buryani) - beef/chicken/mutton
- if you have more people, get the Crab curry
Dessert: Watalappan

On the 2nd visit, try the Lamprais, which is a full meal wrapped in banana leaf having 5-6 different items around a fried rice. Great aroma and taste.

The portions are big here - at least for me.

Dec 05, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Have you tasted Sri Lankan cuisine in the bay area?

Hi Melanie,
We always have the Samahan tea that they say is good for common cold. I can't vouch for the cure, but, it is indeed very soothing and pleasant in taste. The tea comes in a large mug and being from the foothills of Darjeeling, we are brought up classical black tea in small porcelain tea cups, my wife and I split the tea.

Dec 05, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Have you tasted Sri Lankan cuisine in the bay area?

I looked up the thread on Spicy Leaves Indian restaurant and after reading about the names of the dishes, it was clear to me that it had an identity crisis like many of the Indian restaurants in the bay area. At Kadupul, you will not find even one non-Sri Lankan dish. And I hope that they stay that way. I am from Eastern part of India and having lived in southern part of India for many years, miss both the eastern and southern Indian cuisine in the bay area.

Dec 05, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Have you tasted Sri Lankan cuisine in the bay area?

I love sambol as well, particularly the Katta Sambol. After I spoke to the owners about my head spinning experience with Ghost Chili burgers at Swinging Doors pub, Kadupul now makes special orders of Katta Sambol with the Ghost Chillies. They are crazy hot!

A food truck in OFG with the Lamprais or Biryani would be a huge hit on a cold day.

Dec 05, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Have you tasted Sri Lankan cuisine in the bay area?

I don't think it is legal for the alcohol. They are still poor in table service and can get orders mixed up for the take out. But, the food is so delicious to me that I am willing to cheer for them and overlook the service part - I wish that was not the case, but I don't have an alternate option. Moreover, the couple that runs the place are very hard working folks and their presentation of the food has steadily improved. Try the dishes I mentioned.

Dec 05, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Have you tasted Sri Lankan cuisine in the bay area?

There is small restaurant in Dublin, CA called Kadupul run by a couple from Sri Lanka. Every since I found them on a rainy cold December weekend two years back, I have always enjoyed their food.

This cuisine is spicy (can be less spicy like Thai), but can be much more spicy if you tell them to. The spices they use are different from India and south east asian countries and that uniqueness makes me crave for their food.

I saw such intense liking for all types of food on this board and that motivated the new forum member in me to share my liking. They serve buffet for lunch during weekdays - some of the stuff in the buffet are unique like raw Jackfuit curry, crab curry, etc. Since I prefer my curries more spicy that a buffet wouldn't be, I always order a la carte.

On weekend nights (Fri, Sat), they make thin pancakes called Hoppers (Appams in Southern India) that you can order with Goat Curry, Beef Curry, Chicken Curry and this is my favorite - Wild Boar Curry! They also have a noodle like dish called String Hopper that goes with the same curries.

The only shortcoming is that they don't serve alcohol, but you can bring your own. And they have some great ayurvedic teas.

On weekdays/nights if I happen to go there, I order Buryani (like Indian Biryani) - they can make it with rice, string hoppers or with chopped up paratha (flat bread).

This place is a must for folks who enjoy spicy food.

I got hooked to this cuisine when I started visiting Toronto (Canada) where they have many Sri Lankan restaurants.

Dec 05, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Shad fish - where can I buy?

Wow! Thanks for the pointer. Amazing number of options given by members in response to this request of mine. Appreciate it very much.

Dec 02, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Shad fish - where can I buy?

Thanks Steve. I have to expand the definition of "local", but that is still better than 6 month old fish from across the globe. And our waters here are much cleaner than that in Bangladesh.

Dec 01, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Shad fish - where can I buy?

Wow! Great info, Steve. I will give them a call or visit them. I can get frozen fish from Bangladesh here in the bay area very easily, but I am looking for fresh fish. And also I like the buy local movement.

Nov 30, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Shad fish - where can I buy?

Learned something today. No more chopsticks for me with Sushi! Yippy!

Nov 29, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Shad fish - where can I buy?

You are right, Melanie. I meant to refer to the rolls. But, do you eat the rolls with hand as well?

Nov 29, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Shad fish - where can I buy?

Wow! You are an encyclopedia on fish from multiple cultures. I think the food eating etiquette prevent certain types of food being appreciated in other cultures. For example, not being able to eat sushi with hands would prevent the fish eating Indians from really approaching that cuisine - there is something about the delicate approach to eating sushi with the chopsticks which makes it pleasurable.

On the other hand, certain food are strictly finger food - Indian food in particular where the flat breads are involved and in this specific case, eating ilish in a curry with rice. Just like eating a juicy smoked baby back rib or a thin crust pizza - neither of them are fun with knife and fork.

There is something to be said about the phrase "finger licking good".

Nov 29, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Shad fish - where can I buy?

Thanks for the suggestion. I have seen the milkfish at our local 99 Ranch market, but after your post, I am definitely going to try it. I do like the fatty belly of fish. The 10-15 lb size Indian river carp has a lot of fat in the belly and I love that. I love pork belly and so you know how my tastes are. :)

Nov 29, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Shad fish - where can I buy?

Very nice review! I wish I could use kind words for that restaurant. I find restaurants in the USA (except NJ area) serving Indian cuisine lack authenticity - a food that can hardly be traced to any variations I have had all over the world. I try new Indian restaurants and then never go back. It was the same with Cafe Dhaka. The only Indian restaurant I go back to in the bay area are The Mynt (for the Hyderabadi Dum Biryani) and Amber Cafe (for the Kathi Roll).

I have had wonderful Indian cuisine in hole in the wall restaurants in small towns of England, Belgium, France, Germany...but never liked the food in any place in the bay area or USA (again NJ is the exception strangely). I think I cook better than them. Luckily for me, I get to visit India 2-3 times a year on business trips and that ensures my taste memories haven't lost touch.

Nov 28, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Shad fish - where can I buy?

:) I use 5 pairs of chopsticks (10 fingers) as it is a finger food habit in India. Even though I am quite adept in handling chopsticks, I cannot imagine attempting this fish with anything other than the sensory feel of my fingers telling me where the bones are.

Nov 28, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Shad fish - where can I buy?

As alfredck pointed out the difference between Shad and Blackfish, it makes the concept of salad easier to understand. True ilish-like Shad would be too dangerous for a salad! But, all these discussions about the raw salad has raised my curiosity and I want to try that as well. Having enjoyed the raw fish salad in Tahiti and my love for sashimi, I think I will like this salad.

Nov 28, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Shad fish - where can I buy?

I recently had a de-boned fillet of ilish on a business trip to India in an upscale restaurant. It was terrible! I don't know if the deboning process removed the taste or was it the fact that the fusion approach to cooking that killed the authentic taste I was looking for. I must visit Kirin and the names you suggest to find out more about this salad that has been talked about a lot on this forum. Thanks for your pointers, Gordon.

Nov 28, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Shad fish - where can I buy?

You are right about the bones! Right on the money.

Nov 28, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Shad fish - where can I buy?

Awesome pointer. Will give them a call tomorrow to just find out if they stock during the season. If not, do they know where I could get them. THANKS!!!!

Nov 28, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Shad fish - where can I buy?

Thanks for the info! I will do that.

Nov 27, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Shad fish - where can I buy?

You are absolutely right about the two soccer clubs. I live in Fremont and used to buy ilish from Bangla Bazaar in Sunnyvale, but I want to buy local fish as far as possible.

Nov 26, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Shad fish - where can I buy?

Thanks you all for the great pointers and comments. Appreciate a very active forum. If Shad wasn't bony, it wouldn't be a good cousin of ilish. We keep some steamed balls of rice on the side while eating ilish as a rescue aid when one of the bone gets stuck in the throat - swallowing the ball of rice would release the bone on its way.

Nov 26, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Shad fish - where can I buy?

I have never seen Shad. But, I am looking for it as it is known to be a cousin of my favorite fish - ilish, which is not for the faint hearted or the lazy as it is extremely bony.

As per wikipedia on Shad, "It is considered flavourful enough to not require sauces, herbs or spices. It can be boiled, filleted and fried in butter, or baked."

Nov 25, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area

Shad fish - where can I buy?

Thanks a lot for responding, Ruth. If I am able to locate the fish and find it similar in taste to ilish fish, I will post the recipe and you are welcome to our home to sample it.

Nov 25, 2011
ssaibal in San Francisco Bay Area