Just got back from putting out a fire... in my mouth! Wow, talk about heat! I tried Babu after reading about it elsewhere on Chowhound today, and boy, were they right when they said that it was a bit spicy. I think I'm typically more accustomed to more tame Indian dishes, hence this was quite a shock to the taste buds. I'm sure it was quite authentic though - I went around 9PM and it was PACKED with clients. Unlike others' experiences, I had an easy time conversing with the staff and he was patient enough to explain the different types of curries to me (even when I asked him to repeat a couple of dishes because his voice was being lost over the drone of the crowd). I tried the curried crab (super spicy, but nice curry - not a fan of the crab so much though. The texture was a bit mushy.) and the mutton curry on biryani. Each came with about 2-3 veggie curries and a soup/salad/coleslaw. The soup and coleslaw were interesting, but I found the soup to be a bit too vinegar-y for my tastes. I was never a fan of coleslaw, so it was bound to disappoint anyway. The chick pea curry was my favourite as it was the tamest of the bunch in that the heat was bearable for me. I would definitely return to try this dish alongside another selection. The price cannot be beat - dinner for two (with leftovers for lunch for each of us) came out to $12. And that included the most expensive dish (crab) at $6.50 or so. There was so much food - but it could have been because the spice caused us to feel full a bit earlier than usual. I truthfully could not tell if it was actually a good curry because I could not taste anything beyond the heat - my body has not adapted to this spice level, just yet. Thoughts from others that have tried it would be appreciated?
Would I go again? Maybe - but I think it's a bit out of my comfort zone with respect to heat. Would I recommend it to others? If you can handle the burn, and the amazing price, I think you'll fare quite well.
Cheers and Happy Eating!