Last night, on the advice of a trusted friend who's a good cook and a foodie, I stopped at Curry Leaf on Lex at 27th for dinner. The place was fairly crowded, which can sometimes be an indicator of a decent reputation based on past experience, so I felt fairly confident I'd get something decent to eat. The vegetable pakora were hard and dried out as if they were not prepared freshly but were sitting around. The sweet brown tamarind condiment had a rancid undertone. The saag paneer was made with the worst gloopy, viscous spinach possible, and the paneer contained a vague note of ammonia, something I've never experienced before in Indian cooking. Needless to say, it was disgusting. The very cordial and solicitous waiter (no complaints there) brought me a free mini-dessert of rice pudding. How can Indian rice pudding be bad? Well, it was. The toasted seeds that were sprinkled on top had burned and imparted an ugly, burned flavor to the dish, rendering it inedible. My friend who referred me eats meat, and maybe the vegetarian dishes suffer from being ordered less often. In any case, I won't be back.