Although Columbus famously "discovered" India by landing at Lexington and Concord and proudly ringing the Liberty Bell, the actual location of India remains a mystery. Today's Groupon offers the best lead the world has had in centuries: for $15, you get $35 worth of Indian fare at Kabob and Curry on College Hill's popular Thayer Street.
Chef and owner Sanjiv Dhar has delighted College Hill diners with his extensive menu of authentic, fresh Indian cuisine since 1987. Drawing upon the flavors of India's many culinary regions, Kabob and Curry features a wide range of dishes beloved by both herbivores and meatophiles alike. Lunch and dinner menus are clearly labeled for easy identification of spicy, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and Lego-free dishes. Starters and breads appear on both menus, granting patrons the uncanny ability to enjoy minced-lamb samosas ($3.50), pesto-stuffed naan ($3), and South–Indian lentil soup ($2.99). For midday mastication, travel to India's western coast with spicy-chicken xacuti ($6.75), or set out toward southerly climes with a creamy, coconut-based South–Indian shrimp curry ($7.25). Chronic coin-flippers can have the best of both worlds with lunchtime combination plates ($9.99+), which come with two dishes and a choice of rice or naan.
Evening eaters can release tandoori titans from the searing underworld of a mesquite-burning clay oven; with ten tandoori entrees to choose from, the tandoori sampler (featuring lamb, chicken, tilapia, and jumbo shrimp, $16.99) sates tongues composed of quibbling taste buds. Also available to the post-sundown crowd are two mutton (goat) dishes, including mutton masala (tender pot-roasted goat served with seasoned spinach, $17.99), and dhabey ki dal ($10.99), a popular lentil-based street food. Savor the sights and scents of this bold-hued Thayer Street haunt with a monsoon rainbow (a concotion of rum and midori, $6.50) or a slew of after-dinner drinks, like the Captain Morgan spiced chai ($4.99). With its close proximity to Brown and easy access to College Hill nightlife, Kabob and Curry makes a superb evening-starter for academics or late-shift carpenters.
The Providence Phoenix dishes a good review of the restaurant, and TopRestaurants.com calls it a top restaurant in Rhode Island. TripAdvisors give it four owl eyes, and OpenTable diners give 3.9 stars. Citysearchers and Yahoo! Localers give it 4.5, and 86% of Urbanspooners recommend Kabob and Curry:
- Chef and owner Sanjiv Dhar constantly presents a quality unmatched. The emphasis is on freshness, creativity and humility. Very popular with vegetarians, the menu is focused on the different regions of India. – TopRestaurants.com
- Certainly visiting Kabob and Curry is not just an eating event but a re-learning of Indian food names and a re-acquainting yourself with India's geography. It's an educational experience that is out-of-sight enjoyable. – Johnette Rodriguez, Providence Phoenix
- Splendid creations that open the taste buds. If you've never had Indian food this is the place to go, just ask them for the recommendations, they are always accommodating. The wait staff/owner cater to every customer. – A TripAdvisor reviewer on Facebook
- Their trio of chutneys is to die for. Flavors were robust and ingredients were extremely fresh. I Highly [sic] recommend the Sunday brunch. – Zach, Yahoo! Local