The exotic sights, sounds, scents and flavors of regional Indian cuisine are now available at the new Calcutta Curry House in New Rochelle. Proprietor Rubel Ali has brought years of experience to his charming new 30-seat eatery: his father owned a restaurant in the Curry Hill section of lower Manhattan, as well as the Chelsea Bombay Garden on the West Side that Rubel ran for 18 years.
To the left of the entrance is the daily buffet station with its glistening copper servers. A small service bar overlooks the charming dining room with its well-dressed tables, Indian artifacts and artworks. Rubel is usually in the kitchen early helping his staff prepare the daily larder.
The extensive reasonably priced menu covers a lot of regional India with an emphasis on the north. Fine starters include: Chana or Chicken Chat, cold Indian hors d’oeuvres; and hot appetizers such as meat or vegetable Samosa; Shrimp with Poori, cooked with lightly spices onions and tomatoes, served with poori bread; Chicken Livers cooked with garlic, onions and tomatoes, herbs and spices; traditional Mulligatawny Soup, red lentil lightly spiced soup; and Calcutta Soup, chicken with vegetables, garlic, herbs and spices.
A boon to the vegetarian community, there is a special section devoted to more than 30 vegetarian dishes including: Vegetable Kurma, a lightly spiced curry prepared with yogurt, cream, nuts and coconut milk; Shag Paneer, spinach cooked with house made cheese and a variety of spices; Chana Masala, chick peas cooked in tomato sauce; Alu Mottor Gobi, peas, cauliflower cooked with onions, tomatoes and spices; Mushroom Shag Mottor Curry, mushrooms, spinach, green peas cooked with onions, garlic and spices.
The degrees of heat can be turned up or down be request.
There is a daily all you can eat buffet lunch that is perfect for those wanting to experience a variety of dishes at one sitting. Lunch boxes are available for take-out for home or office.
Calcutta Curry House, 1A/1B Huguenot Street (East Main Street), New Rochelle. 914-278-9690 www.calcuttacurryhousenewrochelle.com Municipal street parking.
Morris Gut is a restaurant consultant and former restaurant trade magazine editor. He has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in greater Westchester for over 25 years. firstname.lastname@example.org