From The Cloud To Bernal Heights: Former Dropbox Chef Takes Over 'Spicy Bites'

Spicy Bite—the popular Bernal Heights Indian eatery—has a new new owner and a slight name change. Now called Spicy Bites, former Dropbox Tuck Shop chef Tilak Gurung has taken over the helm. 

The menu is extensive, with an array of options like paneer bhuna (cheese cubes with cashews, bell peppers, herbs and spices), channa saag (spinach with garbanzo beans in curry sauce), and lamb korma (boneless lamb in a creamy sauce topped with cashews).

Photo: Amy K./Yelp 

Neighborhood tipster Laura W. alerted us to the change earlier this month and said that while Gurung hasn't made any changes to the menu, he's revamped the interior. "Everything is gorgeous," she said. 

Neighbors have noticed the change as well, and Gurung has already garnered positive reviews. 

Photo: Amy K./Yelp 

Laura said her Spicy Bites meal was well-prepared, and Gurung provided quality service.

"They were closed for lunch, but he cooked just for my friend and I anyway," she said. "The samosas have improved dramatically (the dough is better), and he suggested butter chicken for me," as well as chana masala for her vegetarian companion.

"We both had garlic naan," wrote Laura. "Everything was delicious!"

"Change in ownership and therefore chef. Chef Tilak is on premises, and the food has gone up a few notches in taste for sure!" Todd M. wrote on Yelp

Gurung also recommends items for guests to try that aren't on the menu. 

"Best Indian food in SF, don't forget to ask for chaat which is not on the menu and try the butter chicken and biryani!" Ruchi Sanghvi wrote on Facebook

Spicy Bites (415-647-4036) is open daily from 5–10pm.

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From the cloud to bernal heights former dropbox chef takes over spicy bites