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Dec 04, 2015

Our First Trip To Kurry Qulture, A Unique Indian Dining Experience

  Chances are, you’ve passed by Kurry Qulture on 30th Ave. It’s a brand-new restaurant in the former Bourbon & Vine space, and let me tell you: you’ve never had (…)

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Chances are, you’ve passed by Kurry Qulture on 30th Ave. It’s a brand-new restaurant in the former Bourbon & Vine space, and let me tell you: you’ve never had Indian like this before. Sonny, the warm and welcoming owner, treated us to a fantastic dinner on a rainy weeknight, and we’re eager to share the menu highlights with you!

 

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The entire menu is pre-fixe: for $33, you’ll receive a first course, second course, naan, rice, soup of the day, and dessert. There’s also a diverse and delicious cocktail and wine menu.

 

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We sampled two types of bread: the Garlic Naan and the Onion Parmesan Kulcha. Both were hot, fresh, and an excellent complement to the rest of our meal.

 

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Two of the first course options we sampled were the Ragda Chaat and the Manchurian Cauliflower. The Radga Chaat was a potato cake with white peas, tamarind, and mint chutney. The Manchurian Cauliflower was my favorite of the two, with a garlic and chili tomato sauce and chives on top. It had just enough of a kick without being overwhelming. We had small bites of each to save room for the rest of the meal, but I could have easily eaten more!

 

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Left: Ragda Chaat Right: Manchurian Cauliflower

Up next were two meat option for the first course: the Lamb Stuffed Tandoori Chicken and the Apricot Chicken Seekh Kebab. The lamb stuffed chicken was a delightful combination of flavors: cheese, yogurt, tomato, and of course lamb and chicken. The apricot chicken provided a welcome sweetness after the heat of some of the previous dishes.

 

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Left: Lamb Stuffed Tandoori Chicken Right: Apricot Chicken Seekh Kebab

Up next was the beautifully-presented Parisi Fish of the Day, which on our visit, was cod. Freshly prepared fish was brought to our table wrapped in leaves to lock in flavor, with a simple lemon to squeeze on top. Although fish isn’t something I typically order, I appreciated the freshness, presentation, and high quality of the dish.

 

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The highlight of the meal came next. When the Lamb Chop and Kori Gassi (a chicken curry) arrived at our table, it was difficult to wait long enough to take a picture before diving in. The lamb chop was spectacular, the tandoor-grilled meat melted in your mouth. The Kori Gassi was also excellent, with a hint of coconut and spiciness.

 

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Left: Lamb Chop Right: Kori Gassi

 

Up next was Phool Makhane Ki Sabji, a dish that reminded me the most of the typical Indian items I normally order, like chicken korma or a coconut-based curry. Sonny went into great detail about the ingredients, and how you won’t find them together anywhere else in the city. The ricotta, peas, and lotus puffs were served in a mild curry that was absolutely delicious over rice. I would even eat it like a soup or to use as a dip for bread, it was that good!

 

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Phool Makhane Ki Sabji

 

The trio of desserts (Chocolate Rum Truffle, Date Milk Rice Pudding, and Pumpkin-Apple Halwa) were just as good as they look. The rice pudding was my favorite, a lightly sweet end to a wonderful meal.

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Kurry Qulture is a lovely spot for special occasions, like birthdays, anniversaries, or holidays. It’s fancy enough to feel like a treat, but is also warm and comfortable. I highly recommend going with a few people and trying everyone’s dishes to get a sampling of all they have to offer. If you’re looking to expand your idea of what Indian food can be, Kurry Qulture is an excellent choice to explore.

 

Thank you again to Kurry Qulture for hosting us. We’ll be back!

 

Kurry Qulture (36-05 30th Ave (718) 674-1212
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About Lindsay Goyette

Lindsay has been eating and drinking her way through Queens since 2011. A casting director by day and Astoria explorer by night, you can usually find her checking out live music, theatre, or the newest neighborhood spot to enjoy a craft beer.

2 Comments

Leah

The only thing that looked like a normal portion in your photos was the dessert! Are those the actual portions of the food? The lamb, chicken, and fish dishes looked like 1 bite meals!

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LindsayG

Hi Leah! Since we sampled almost everything, we were served “tasting portions” of each menu item. We would have definitely run out of room if we had full servings of everything!

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