Restaurants & Bars 2

Curry Club -review

Eric | Sep 22, 2004 11:36 AM

After reading about it on the board yesterday, I went to Curry Club last night with my mother and roommate.

Spoiler: It was great.

We showed up w/o reservations at around 7 or so. They moved some tables and reservations around so they could seat us, with no more than a 5 minute wait. We talked to the owner/original dude Chris Payton, who was very nice and told us about the restaurant. Apparently, they have been open about 9 weeks, and things are going well. Also, Will Simonds was there - he made sure our meal was going smoothly, and it did. They were both very nice guys.

We were sat upstairs, and the seating area, though small, is very nicely done. Cushions and pilows everywhere, but in a normal table setting that makes eating feel like eating.

My mom had a mangosa (mango mimosa) which I was not a fan of but she loved, and I had a -great- pot of tea. My roommate had a coke, which was served in one of those old-style glass bottles that I really think makes the drinks taste better. FYI, the drinks menu was pretty lacking, but bear in mind, it is an Indian place so I don't know how many highballs anyone is planning on having there anyway.

For our main courses, my mother and I both had Tandoori Salmon, and my roommate had red beef, which I didn't try but looked good if you eat red meat. Everything game with white rice and mango chutney, both of which were very good compliments. Every main course comes with two sides: I had mushroom vindaloo, which was quite good, and matter paneer, which was much better than the stuff I usually get at Indian buffets. My mom had the same sides (what can I say - we have the same tastes) but my roommate had a channa masala which he liked, and grilled tomatoes (huge half-tomatoes grilled.... he didn't touch them at all because he wanted to take them home and eat them with breakfast, so I have no idea how they taste, but they looked pretty appetizing). We got raita, which was good, and an order of nan, both of which I kind of think should be free and not $3, but regardless, it was great. Totally different from nan I've had before, these were small and there were a lot of them. They reminded me of kremslach (matzoh meal pancakes - you have probably only ever eaten these if you have a grandmother who is Jewish), and were very tasty. I would definitely recommend the salmon, and my roommate couldn't stop talking about (or eating) his beef - that was the first thing off his plate. One thing though, I would definitely use the fork to pick out my mushrooms as opposed to scooping them up in a spoon-like fashion in the future. There were a lot of whole spices (cloves? cardamom?) in the vindaloo, which made it taste really great but after a while, I got a little tired of taking a big excited bite only to crunch down on a spice instead of smushing down on a mushie. But I digress. Regardless of any little quibbles, I still managed to clean my mom's unfinished plate after I was done with my own dinner- I just didn't want to stop eating.

We didn't have desert, so I can't comment on that, but the food and atmosphere were both great - scratch that, dinner was outstanding and the servers and owners were incredibly friendly and accommodating - and I will definitely be going back. If tonight was any indication, I might even join their curry club as well - it was just that good.

Link: http://curryclub.net/cclub_thehosts.htm

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