Curry: The World’s Food
Zabb City – 244 East 13th Street, New York, NY 10003
This small eatery was completely bereft of customers when I stopped in for an early dinner around 5:00 PM. It wasn’t because of the food, though. The Thai green chicken curry was rich, moderately spicy, and skillfully presented. The price was on-par for Manhattan ($10.95 isn’t bad.) The staff was efficient.
Kung Food – 158 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1R 5DU United Kingdom
I didn’t expect much from this pan-Asian greasy spoon, but it was busy at lunch time, and frankly it was located really close to my flat. All of the westernized Chinese favorites are on the menu, as well as some Thai dishes. The green curry was lack-luster. It was under-spiced, and prepared with horrendously amateurish knife work. The prices are excellent considering its location in North London. The staff was helpful, if a tad impatient.
Sweet Lemon – 273 Main Road, Kent, DA14 6 United Kingdom
St. George’s Cross, Blake’s “Jerusalem,” and chicken tikka masala are the vexillary, musical, and culinary emblems of that precious stone set in the silver sea. Sweet Lemon does England proud with their rendition of the classic. Bright orange and delicious with large pieces of chicken breast meat properly seasoned. The vindaloo is piquant enough to make strong men weep, and contained perfectly-cooked potatoes and delicious bits of lamb. Sweet Lemon is not an experience to be missed.
Mallorca is a haven for British and German expatriates who want a place in the sun. This means that everyone is sun-burnt and topless, and that Greene King and currywurst are available within yards of some of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful beaches. At this shady food stall, I stopped to get a frikadeller sandwich with curry ketchup. It was the perfect snack to replenish my strength after a long day of lounging on the soft sand.
The Clerk and Well – 156 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1R 5DU United Kingdom
England’s pubs are said to have made great strides in the quality of the food they serve over the last few years. The Clerk and Well is an excellent example. The Clerk and Well serves delicious Thai food, expertly prepared and presented in a manner consistent with a more expensive restaurant. The draw back is that, like most pubs, you have to order from the bar. The staff is a bit impatient, but skilled. The Thai green curry is rich and appropriately spicy, but the portions are on the small side.