Maison Cari / Curry House is back - oh joy!
Praise be to Ben! After much tribulation, the Curry House is open for business at 1236 Mackay St in the downtown area just below St Catherine. The food is as good, fresh and authentic as ever. In fact, I know of nothing that comes close to it in Montreal. Everything I have ever tried there has been marvellous (when Ben is cooking) or at least very good (when Sous-Chef is up to bat). Tried a prawn dhansak last week. Unbelievable! No holds barred on spiciness (unless you ask). The menu is quite extensive, from kormas and butter chicken to pathias, madras, and vindaloos you can actually still taste and enjoy the quality ingredients in. if you ask for something "off the charts", they'll accomodate you willingly. Breads, samosas, bhindi, all great. Smithwicks and Newcastle beers on tap... an ex-pat's delight.
The environment is a step up. The upper floor of an old greystone townhouse is not your usual curry quarters, but a welcome change from the basement haunts we're more accustomed to.
I recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone who loves curry, or is trying it for the first time. You won't be disappointed.