30 September 2007

The Curry Club

The Curry Club
394-396 Bridge Rd, Richmond
Ph: 9428 6455
Open: Tues-Sun noon-2.30pm; daily 5-10.30pm

WHEN it gets dark at 5pm, the mercury hovers just above zero and there’s flash flooding in the bush there are only a few things that will get me out of the house. A decent curry is one of those few.

Richmond’s Curry Club does a decent curry. It also does decent selection of meat in the tandoor and it does decent stir fries. It used to be a regular of mine but in the past few years my visits have been few and far between. When I recently returned I discovered not much has changed: the tucker is still some of the best Indian I’ve eaten in this town, there are still mandatory linen napkins and wine glasses on the tables and it’s still possible to get out of it for under $20.

One of the Curry Club’s popular options is the Chef’s Choice, a tandoori platter for two ($17.50). With that you can sample tandoori chicken, chicken tikka, moghul kebab, lamb cutlet and mushroom with Delhi salad. As soon as I saw the menu I remembered that dish used to be my fav but this time I decided to share two curries with my buddy.

There were plenty to choose from but we eventually settled on velvet butter chicken ($16.90), chicken korma ($16.90), saffron rice ($3.50) and two garlic naans ($3.50/each). The butter chicken was tikka pieces simmered in cumin-scented butter in a creamy rich tomato sauce and the korma was cooked in yoghurt, cream, nuts and spiced with saffron. Both were to-die-for and we both agreed there was nothing better than scooping up the tasty sauce with our naan.

It was lucky we ordered the naan though because without them, there wouldn’t have been enough rice for both of us. Not that it would have been a problem. One thing that stands out about the Curry Club is the service. We barely would have had to glance at our waiter to order more if required.

Speaking of the impeccable service, water was poured as we sat down and we were checked at least twice to make sure everything was satisfactory.

As well as dine in, the Curry Club does a roaring take-away trade, with a few bucks being knocked off each dish if you choose to eat at home.

But I can think of plenty of places that charge more and offer less than half of that quality of dining experience so why dirty your own crockery?

Eat in and enjoy.

7/10

- Zoe