FOOD REVIEW: Padmini’s Curry Grill

Curry you say?

I first stumbled upon Padmini’s when I started working near the Westview Plaza last year. I’ve always been a fan of curry, but a picky one. Caribbean curry is one of my favorite dishes but Indian curry is a completely different experience. It’s made with distinct spices and flavors. I’ve only had it once before years ago so I decided to give it a go one sunny afternoon during my lunch break.

And I’ve been going back ever since. Multiple times a week.

The customer service is exceptional. The ladies who greet you are always smiling and eager to assist. The menu is versatile with vegan options to choose from. They will offer samples of the various curries so you can find your favorite.

What are mine, you ask?

I began less adventurous with the usual butter chicken, because who hasn’t had butter chicken? It’s tame in spice and flavor, an easy (but boring) choice. Step out of your comfort zone.

Spicy Chicken.
The chicken has some added heat and a kick that is marinated in a flavorful stew that you pair with rice.

Chana Masala. It’s chickpeas. I had never really eaten them until Padmini’s made me a lover. I was told that it uses the same sauce that’s used in butter chicken. If it does, it tastes better than the chicken itself. *shrugs*

My other two faves I eat often are the Ginger Chicken and Potato Eggplant. The ginger makes it a mix of spicy and peppery, slightly sweet but pungent that made me order it over and over again. I’d never had that blend of flavor before. Memorable and unique. The potato eggplant? I hate eggplant. How is it Padmini’s made me a lover? How?!

All of the curries are delicious, it just depends on your personal taste. The food is always hot, fresh, and they’ll routinely tell to “hold from the bottom,” on your way out.

The price.

I love a bang for my buck! I always choose the Pick 2. That means you get two curries with rice and naan bread similar to pita (I always get all rice because well, I’m African) for $8. Fam, you can’t beat it. The portion size is filling and can be two meals for most. Sometimes I’d get two of the same curry, sometimes I’d switch it up and get a curry bowl of one dish and rice for only $5 bucks. Get outta here!

Ya’ll gotta at least try it once. Everyone who has eaten there after my recommendation loves it. *pats back* There are two locations. Stop by today they’re always open.

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