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By Cassandra VanKeuren
Special to the Herald
EVERETT -- Curry Bistro is located on Hewitt Avenue right across the street from Comcast Arena. But the storefront is so minimal most people might drive right by and never notice it.
That would be a shame. Curry Bistro has become my favorite date-night place with my husband.
It's quiet, and the lights are low: a wonderful place for us to get caught up with each other and relax over an outstanding meal.
If you haven't figured it out already, Curry Bistro specializes in authentic Indian food. I have been to many Indian food restaurants that didn't appeal, but Curry Bistro has turned me into a believer.
One taste of their butter chicken and I was in love. It was rich and spicy and full of tender chicken breast meat and served with lightly spiced basmati rice. It left me begging for more.
On my most recent visit I took a friend for Curry Bistro's buffet lunch. They offered chicken chana (curry), mixed mild vegetables, saag spinach curry, five lentil medley curry, vegetable pakora (fried dumplings), vegetable samosa (fried pastries filled with potato, peas and spices), Tandoori chicken (Indian barbecue), basmati rice, mango custard, and various condiments.
It all looked incredibly delicious and you can fill your plate full for only $8.99.
My friend had never had Indian food so I recommended the daily special, which happened to be butter chicken for $8.99. She, too, was amazed by it. We also shared vegetable samosas and an order of naan (Indian flatbread).
Our samosas came piping hot with two different chutneys. I always think of comfort food when I have samosas. They are the perfect snack.
The chutneys were new to me, though. One was a mixture of mint and cilantro, a cooling complement to the slow heat of the samosas.
The other chutney was tamarind, slightly spicy and a little tart. So good.
I now understand why tamarind chutney is called the ketchup of the East. I wish I had some to take home and put on everything.
The naan was wonderful, a little chewy, and a great way to soak up all the sauce on our plates.
I ordered chicken biryani, a traditional northern Indian rice dish with chunks of chicken thighs, raisins, cashews, onions and Kashmirian spices.
It's served with a side of raita, yogurt dipping sauce flavored with mint and other spices.
Biryani is similar to other rice dishes around the world: meat, vegetable, spices and rice. Every country seems to have one such a dish, all of them comforting, tasty and filling.
I loved the sweet touch of the raisins. And, though I ordered it medium hot, it was spicy enough to make me pause every minute or so to let the burn die down. The raita helped with the cooling, and I would definitely order biryani again.
When you go to Curry Bistro, take time with the extensive menu of lamb, vegetarian and cheese dishes, barbecue, and a whole bunch of desserts. You can order anything mild, medium or Indian hot.
Our server was very friendly and very proud of his family's cuisine. This is a wholesome and exotic restaurant, and if your child is an adventurous eater, definitely a great family dining option or a wonderful place to dine with a special someone.
Curry Bistro
1907 Hewitt Ave., Everett; 425-258-2900
Specialty: Indian cuisine.
Hours: Lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Dinner is served 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 2 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 to 8 p.m. Sundays,
Vegetarian options: yes.
Cards: yes.
Casual: yes.
Story tags » DiningEverett

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