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Curry Leaf or Madras Mahal

Cos Jan 20, 2004 04:12 PM

We are going to choose between the two for dinner this weekend, hoping for some opinions.

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    FoodGrrl RE: Cos Jan 20, 2004 05:11 PM

    I prefer Madras Mahal, myself. I've always had a godo meal there. But I've only eaten at Curry Leaf once, so maybe I just didn't have a great experience there.

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      Joseph Moryl RE: Cos Jan 20, 2004 05:22 PM

      You might consider Chennai Garden, just off Lex. on 27th. I prefer this to either of the above; presumably it is run by the guy who originally started Madras Mahal. The cusine is south Indian vegetarian.

      Joe Moryl

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        MDekay RE: Cos Jan 20, 2004 08:38 PM

        I had dinner at Curry Leaf about five months ago. At best, the food was average. The service, though pleasant, was not that sharp.

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          josh L RE: Cos Jan 21, 2004 09:15 AM

          I like Pongal- It's slightly better than Madras Mahal.

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            margaret RE: Cos Jan 21, 2004 10:08 AM

            my normal curry hill restaurant of choice is pongal. but last night i tried cardamomm. on the corner across lexington from curry leaf.

            i thought the food was very good. my companion had a bass that was very good. i was in the mood for lamb so i went with a curry dish that was similar to others i've had before but had a different name. prices are higher on average than the other indian restaurants in the area but not by that much. and the decor is very pleasant.

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              Dave Feldman RE: margaret Jan 21, 2004 11:12 PM

              I also think Cardammon is superior to Curry Leaf, Madras Mahal or Pongal, at least from one visit. It was far from perfect, but one nice feature of Cardammon was noteworthy -- beautifully prepared, not overcooked fish. I still prefer Chennai Garden around the corner or Udippi Palace.

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                Sage RE: Dave Feldman Jan 22, 2004 05:19 PM

                Chennai Garden and Udippi Palace are both excellent, although I've only been to both for lunch. The iddly at Udippi Palace are the perfect comfort food.

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              gaj RE: Cos Jul 12, 2006 07:32 PM

              Absolutely terrible. The food at Curry Leaf has seriously declined in the last year. A lamb dish was ordered, the meat was so tough it was barely edible. The rest of the meal was mediocre at best.

              The service is the poorest of any of the Indian restaurants in the area. The wait staff are quite brusk and inattentive.

              Never again.

              1. Woodside Al RE: Cos Jul 12, 2006 10:50 PM

                What happened at Curry Leaf? It was quite good a few years back (as the reviews they still have plastered all over the windows attest), but the last couple of times I went it had declined severely. Bad food served with bad service. And the regional dishes that once distinguished them have disappeared into a generic Indian menu much of which is the usual old 6th St. slop. Was there a change in ownership? There are much better options in the area, including all of the places mentioned here and Saravanna's further down Lex.

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                  dbird RE: Woodside Al Jul 12, 2006 11:16 PM

                  Glad to hear the chorus about Curry Leaf. I ordered delivery several weeks ago and the malai kofta had furry black mold inside. I phoned trying not to be hysterical and they were utterly patronizing, insisting that I was unfamiliar with the spices! It was late and they were closing and wouldn't refund the dish and agreed only to send another the next time I phoned (this response drives me crazy--why would I order an unsuccessful dish twice? or indeed, trust them to handle a second order any better than a first? With no better options however, I filed it away and a few nights ago ordered again requesting the replacement malai kofta which was provided gratis and without any difficulty--and tasted strongly of freezer burn.

                  I like Madras Mahal fine but unlike Curry Leaf is vegetarian.

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