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Tongue-tingling curries
By Ye Jun (China Daily)
Updated: 2009-10-24 11:38

Newly opened Kamat's Indian Restaurant ( 卡玛特印度餐厅) at Dongzhimenwai is yet another place to sample tasty, authentic Indian and halal foods.

Tongue-tingling curries

Owner Sudhakar Kamat comes from a family of restaurateurs back in India. Earlier, he operated an Indian restaurant in Zhongguancun, called Kamat Mumbai Palace, which had to be closed down.

The eatery currently offers a lunch buffet with 10 dishes, presented in clean, shining copper vessels. It includes two types of rice - one white and one fried - two soups and six salads besides the 10 vegetable and meat dishes. The lunch buffet costs 48 yuan per person and includes one free coke, sprite or local beer.

The curry chicken tastes slightly sweet and fragrant, while the curry lamb is tasty. Both are cooked to the right texture. Naan breads, including garlic-flavored varieties, are served hot and go well with the curry dishes. Some Indian restaurants here have reduced the spiciness of the curry to cater to local taste. But at Kamat's, the red curry retains its authentic spiciness. So does fried rice with saffron.

For a la carte, the restaurant has a full list of soups, appetizers, dosa (a rice-lentil pancake), tandoor chicken and lamb, curry specialties, seafood, vegetables, Indian bread and rice. For dessert, choose from creamy rice in milk, Indian cheese and homemade Indian icecream. For drinks, Kamat offers typical Indian milk tea and mango yogurt. A la carte costs around 70 yuan per person.

Not only are the chefs from India, but also all the seasoning materials are imported from the country. The curry powders are made fresh, giving the dishes a distinctive flavor. The dcor is simple but features plenty of Indian elements. The copper water cups and cutlery add a nice touch. Service is efficient.

Daily 11 am-11 pm. 2/F, 28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang district. Above Paddy O'Shea's Irish Pub. Call Mr Kamat at 1355-232-4765. 朝阳区东直门外大街28号2层印度餐厅,爱尔兰酒吧楼上