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Tumeric, 21st bet 5th & 6th

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Tumeric, 21st bet 5th & 6th

David Lerner | Oct 14, 2004 09:15 PM

Had lunch at Turmeric yesterday and was quite suprised. The papadum was ordinary, and the coriander and tamarind chutney's with it (and the Samosa) was nothing special, so I was set to be unimpressed.

But the main dishes were fabuluous! I had a spinach & mushroom kofta that was outstanding. I never really liked kofta, balls of miscellaenous vegetable stuff, but this was sublime intensely spinachy, soft and silky with a very tasty sauce (perhaps the mushrooms were in the sauce, there wasn't much texture).

My friends had:
Excellent salmon, a tender and tasy chicken dish that looked like chicken, not drenched in sauce like your average curry, and a rather spicey aloo gobi (potato & cauliflower curry that was mostly cauliflower) that I would rate in the top 15% of alu gobis I've had (and that's many).

They served two kinds of rice (plain white that they recommended to gow with the salmon, and a nice pilaf with what I think was long grain brown rice) and an extremely tasty thick dal that would have been an extra price side dish at most restaurants. I hate to say this, but I preferred this dal to the dal fry at Angon. We also had some pretty good onion kulcha.

I think the only beverage was one iced tea, and the bill came to $51 for an excellent lunch for four. We will defintitely add this to our lunch restauarant list, and I will return for dinner with my wife. Still planning to try Devi, but I suspect Turmeric may turn out the be the better value.

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