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Kabob and Curry
Avg. Customer Review (5.0 Palms): 5.0 Palms
Number of Reviews: 2

Review Type: Restaurant
Location:
261 Thayer Street, Providence, RI 02906
Dedicated GF: No
Phone: (401) 273-8844
Website:
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Authentic Indian Food -- and Gluten-Free, too -- in Providence, RI,

Reviewer: from http://www.celiaccorner.com - See all reviews by Paula Gardner

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Before my Celiac diagnosis I enjoyed dining at ethnic restaurants throughout the US and on various travels abroad. Indian cuisine of aromatic curry dishes, naan bread, and rice pudding with cardamom and pistachios were among my favorites! I hadn’t been out for Indian food since my diagnosis, so when I read Kabob and Curry, winner of an Award of Distinction from Top Restaurants of RI (2008), offered gluten-free options I made a point of choosing it as a venue when planning lunch out with a friend who lived nearby. It was time I let go of my fear of eating out at other than American food eateries. Located on Thayer Street on the East Side (College Hill) of Providence, the area is a pleasant location for dining as well as browsing the boutiques and bookstores. Rhode Island School of Design is also nearby and worthy of a stroll along cobblestoned Benefit Street lined with historic homes and dotted with eclectic street art. When we walked through the entrance of Kabob and Curry at 11:30 am and were seated in the casual enclosed porch dining area, we were literally the only two diners. Not a good sign I thought … but what a difference 30 minutes can make, and by noon, the entire dining area was filled to capacity, with what I assume were Brown students and east-side workers enjoying a lunch break. In addition to the smaller, enclosed porch area, there was also a larger dining area located on the second floor. I don’t know why I waited so long to reintroduce Indian cuisine into my diet, as much of it is naturally gluten-free, as long as wheat flour is not used as a thickener or as a breading. Yes, naan bread and somosas were off-limits, but there were numerous gluten-free (as well as vegan and vegetarian) options on the menu, which were clearly labeled. I felt the server understood my dietary needs, and I was delighted when he brought papadum to the table, and told me I was able to partake. I happily dipped the lentil and cumin crackers into an assortment of sweet and fiery condiments and was off to a delish gluten-free start! The chef (and owner) Sanjiv Dhar prepared Lam Garley, a minced lamb dumpling ($5) for my appetizer, which was both gluten and dairy-free and deliciously spicy. For my entre, the mango chicken curry arrived smothered in a fruity mango and cashewnut paste ($6.75), and was accompanied by basmati rice. Neither the mango or curry was the dominant flavor, but the combination of both and the added spices were flavorful. I thoroughly enjoyed both the appetizer and entre, but honestly the most memorable part of my meal was the sweet ending of homemade green cardamom infused ice-cream, drizzled with mildly sweet rose syrup and topped with ground pistachio ($3.99). Artfully presented and absolutely scrumptious … easily one of the best ice-cream dishes I have ever tasted, and certainly the most beautiful! The lunch portions weren’t enormous, but they were adequate and filling, and allowed me room for dessert. The servers were very accommodating and polite. In addition to Kabob and Curry’s wine and beer list (they offer one gluten-free beer by Green’s), there were several “signature” drinks including Adam & Eve, Delhi Dawn, Bombay Blossom and Bollywood and containing such exotic ingredients as passion fruit and tamarind juices, and St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, to name a few. Kabob and Curry is open for both lunch and dinner, 7 days a week (see website for hours). Both take-out and delivery is available.


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Kabob and Curry,

Reviewer: from Minneapolis, MN USA - See all reviews by Djb

5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Truly excellent Indian food. I've been several times, and every time I'm in the Providence area, I go at least once. THE FOOD: I've enjoyed the Chicken Curry, Chicken Vindaloo, Chicken Tikka Masala, Tandoori Chicken, Tandoori Sampler, Baingan Bharta, and Raita (side). All of these are on the celiac menu, available on their website (http://www.kabobandcurry.com/uploaded_files/celiacmenu%20pdf.pdf). I've never had a problem with cross-contamination. THE WINE: Their wine selection is slim, but reasonable. There are several reds and whites, and though we've only sampled from the half-dozen reds, we've not been disappointed with any. THE AMBIANCE: It's relatively tight seating, and you might wish at times for an extra few inches of table to hold all the dishes. But, it's cozy and intimate, not uncomfortable. The lighting is dim/romantic at night. Overall, Kabob and Curry may be my favorite celiac-friendly restaurant. I can't recommend it highly enough. And I can't wait to visit again.


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