2018-02-14 / Restaurant of the Week

Kurry Qulture

“Welcome to the new Indian,” states the business card for Kurry Qulture. Indeed, Kurry Qulture has put a modern, elegant twist on Indian cuisine and you won’t find a better spot for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s night or any night of the year. This Michelin-recommended restaurant was also voted one of the sexiest Indian restaurants in Queens by a famous newspaper. Owner Sonny Solomon has years of experience in some of Manhattan’s hottest restaurants and has brought his expertise and attention to detail to Kurry Qulture on 30th Avenue, on Astoria’s restaurant row. He greets his guests warmly and proudly introduces them to some culinary delights from his native Punjab. The sultry, warm ambience envelops you in deep, rich tones, with metal sculptures, gorgeous photos on the walls, and soft lighting. The plush banquettes and dark wood tables are comfortable and cozy, beset with copper plates. The outdoor garden is a lovely oasis for warm weather dining, draped in trees and vines.

Start with one of their fabulous cocktails, mixed up by Bo, the talented barman. Hex-mex is mixed with smoky mezcal, chili, and pineapple juice, while the Astoria of my life is bourbon-based, with sweet vermouth and fresh thyme. Try the mango royal, champagne cocktail, wines or beers, all reasonably priced.

Chef Binder Singh works his magic in the kitchen while we were presented with an amuse bouche of spicy lentil soup in little shot glasses. Next came samosa chaat, a deconstructed version of the traditional Indian pastry, served open faced with chickpeas, tamarind and mint chutney. Amritsari fish is a local dish of the Punjab, made with tender, flaky chunks of fresh tilapia rolled in chick pea flour and flash fried to golden perfection, served with homemade chutney. My foodie friend and I devoured the chicken Malai kabab, marinated in yogurt and pepper, served on a beautiful platter with julienne of cabbage and plum chutney ($9). KQ cauliflower is served with garlic tomato chutney and of course, there are plenty of other vegetarian options here, so order with abandon.

Kurry Qulture’s entrées will surprise and delight you, as you will not find the usual list of Indian dishes. Instead, you’ll find a lamb shank Kashmiri style. Think osso bucco Indian style, with supremely tender lamb that slides right off the massive bone. Duck Bihari is a perfectly cooked duck breast, served with cumin rice and rich tomato gravy ($24). Bhuna goat is braised, tender, and perfectly seasoned in onion tomato sauce. The tandoor oven renders succulent lamb chops with apple chutney that I’ll be back for.

Vegetarian options include cauliflower and potato casserole called aloo gobi, dal makhani, black lentils and red kidney beans, baby eggplant with tomatotamarind sauce, and lotus puffs, filled with fluffy ricotta cheese and green peas ($14). I must point out that Kurry Qulture’s naan breads are the lightest, fluffiest I’ve ever had. Breads are ordered separately in Indian restaurants and you simply must try at least one. Kulcha bread filled with spinach and goat cheese was another unique item that was irresistible, and the plain naan gets a sprinkling of cilantro and butter for extra flavor.

All the dishes at Kurry Qulture are made with pride and beautifully presented on sparkling dishes. For dessert, Sonny offered us delicate pastry called galub jamun, soaked in sweet syrup, the perfect complement to the flavorful dishes.

Kurry Qulture opened just over 2 years ago and is already a Michelin-recommended restaurant. With one visit, you’ll see why. It’s so worth a little extra walk while the 30th Avenue station is being renovated,

The levels of the food, service, cocktails, and presentation are just exquisite. Kurry Qulture can arrange private events and catering for your special occasion. They’re open seven nights a week for dinner, from 5pm, and for Saturday and Sunday lunch.

36-05 30th Avenue
Astoria  718.674.1212


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