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Curry Corner – July 2019

Organized by: Kelly

1212 E Apache Blvd | Tempe, AZ | 85281

480-894-1276 | currycornertempe.com

July turned out to be a busy travel month for most of the DDs so we only had 7 or the 14 meet up this month for dinner, but that just makes it more intimate. LOL

For this dinner adventure, we stopped by a local Indian/Pakastani restaurant that we saw highlighted on an old episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Without that episode, we may have continued to keep driving past this place. It is hidden in a corner shopping strip next to a corner market (really a liquor store) and a tattoo shop. Some of the other shops look abandoned and some of the windows are covered up not giving it the feeling that this is a lively area. Add to all of this that it is hidden behind some light rail tracks on Apache and you might see why this place can be missed.

We have been to Indian restaurants before but this one definitely had some new dishes to try and new spice flavors to experience like Afghan Boti which was onions and chunks of chicken in a spicy jalapeno sauce. We also tried the cheese Naan, which was ticker and doughy. I think I prefer the classic or garlic Naan instead.

Another thing I noticed about this place is that it felt like you were going to your friends house for dinner. Just picture their parents are in the kitchen cooking while their brother and sister are setting the table and bringing out food. They may have run out of things on the menu without giving you a heads up, like the Tandoori wings, or they could be out of another vegetarian dish and decide instead to bring you Paneer Marsala. Ha! Sorry Ann. We were kind of at their mercy.

The food we did get was good and I can see why this place gets busy. There were plenty of young families and students coming in to eat but their take-out business was also hopping.

One side note- they do not serve alcohol and it took a couple of tries to get the soda we ordered or get water refilled. However, with no alcohol on the tab, we had one of our cheapest tabs ever at $15/person. 🙂

As a big fan of Indian food, I enjoyed this place for the new flavor offerings and dish variations that it introduced me too. 

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Posted by on 08/19/2019 in Indo-Pakastani

 

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January 30, 2016 – Guru Palace

Guru Palace

2048 E Baseline Rd

Mesa, AZ 85204

http://www.gurupalacemesa.com/

Organized by: Tony and Kelly

 

Have you ever had those times that a mistake turns into a great thing? Well this is one for Kelly and Tony. One day they accidentally ordered from Guru Palace for take-out instead of another Indian restaurant close by. This turned out to be a happy accident and became their new favorite place for Indian cuisine!

Guru is a nice place hidden away on the side of a strip mall but has plenty of tables and a large bar. It didn’t seem to be too busy this Saturday evening but you could see the take out traffic was quite heavy.

For appetizers we started with Veggie Pakoras and (my favorite) Samosas, which are potatoes, peas, ginger, and spices stuffed inside crispy crusts. Yum!

Naturally, we had plenty of Naan but looking at their super convenient online ordering menu, I didn’t realize that there were so many other kinds of breads we could have tried!

Kelly and Janice ordered Vegetable Korma and Kelly added a little chicken. I must say this veggie dish was delicious! It had just the right amount of spice in the yogurt-based sauce.

For the first time, I tried Chicken Biryani, which is basmati rice with boneless chicken, nuts, herbs, and spices. The nuttiness of the rice was a perfect blend for these spices and I think I found one of my new favorite dishes!

Some of the guys went full heat and ordered Lamb Vindaloo high on the heat scale but we had plenty of Indian beers to wash it down such as Taj Mahal and Kingfisher.

It was so nice to find an Indian place closer to home than The Dhaba. Great find Tony and Kelly!

 
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Posted by on 01/30/2016 in Indian

 

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