By Alexandre Fonseca, Staff Writer-
Looking for a new restaurant option that has different but good food, excellent service, and a great atmosphere? Curry Kitchen, 1137 Third St., right in downtown Muskegon. Looking for a vegan-friendly, healthy food for a good price? In downtown Muskegon, Curry Kitchen.
I remember the first time I went there. I was weirded out about the fact that it was Indian food. It’s just that I had never eaten it, and basically my only encounter with it had been watching the movie Anchorman, where Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) says, “That smells like a used diaper filled with Indian food.” So of course I was a little bit uncomfortable with the concept.
However, Curry Kitchen has become one of my top three favorite restaurants in Muskegon, with good reason.
To start off, do not let the outside fool you The storefront restaurant with a red awning over the doorway sits on a short block of Third Street along with several other small shops — a Vietnamese market, Positive-I-Teas (a tea specialty shop) and Whistle Punk, a pizza joint. The neighborhood leaves a bit to be desired, but this place is nice! The decor inside is authentic Indian. The restaurant is simply furnished with black chairs, booths and beige tablecloths.
The top of the walls are maroon and have hanging pieces of fabric and pictures from India. In one corner, a flat-screen television shows Indian music videos.
Hereare the three steps to make your visit to the Curry Kitchen the best: 1. Order the butter chicken with basmati rice. Or order two entreés and share. Also get a mango lassi (yogurt-based Indian fruit drink) and garlic naan (Indian bread). 2. Savor the food, fall in love, and have another mango lassi to make everything even more magical, 3. Come back for more and make sure to say hi to Tom, the owner.
The whole thing is very simple. If you love food, and are willing to try new things, you will love Curry Kitchen. Just like that. Curry Kitchen was voted Best Restaurant of 2015 in the Taste of Muskegon competition.
One issue that sometimes scares people about Indian food is the spice level. Cumin, cilantro, ginger, garlic, and other herbs and spices remain at the forefront of the meal. A spicy scale is explained on the menu, ranging from 1 (mild) to 5 (“with enough heat to dampen brows and evaporate swimming pools,” according to their website).
Hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-10 p.m., seven days a week. The lunch buffet is available weekdays for $9, $11 on weekends. Most dinner entreés are $12-$15.
A Groupon is available for $26 (38% savings), which includes two entrees and two beers or glasses of wine. (www groupon.com)