As Murfreesboro becomes more saturated with restaurants, Smyrna will begin to experience a frequent influx of options. Although there are plenty of new places, we shouldn’t forget to seek out older restaurants that are often missed.
So fellow Murfreesboro foodie Mandy Johnson and I decided to try Smyrna’s Curry House, located at 669 Presidents Place in the Publix shopping center. It’s been around for five years and if you love Indian food, you’ll be pleased.
On the menu
Here are the things we tried.
Garlic naan: If you ever eat Indian food, garlic naan — an Indian flat bread — is a must. It’s great for dipping the creamy sauces and Curry House’s version is perfectly traditional.
Aloo Tikki: This crispy fried appetizer is made with mashed potatoes and green peas blended with spices. This reminds me of a flavorful version of latkes, or potato pancakes.
Vegetable pakora: Fresh vegetables dipped in a spiced batter are fried to golden perfection. Take note: pakora is typically dipped in a chickpea flour batter, so it’s a gluten-free option for those with allergies.
Vegetable korma: This vegetarian dish is typically one of my favorites. A spicy cream sauce is loaded with tomatoes, carrots, peas and green beans. Curry House’s version was a little flat, but that could have been a spice level issue.
Chicken saag: This spinach-laden dish was something neither of us had eaten before. It features tender, boneless chicken blended into a spicy, creamy sauce. My dinner partner was eager to try this dish. And although I’m a fan of spinach in a smoothie, I’m less likely to appreciate it cooked. But she loved it and I agreed that it was indeed tasty with just the perfect amount of spice.
I saved our favorite dish for last and it’s one I’d never tried.
Lamb vindaloo: Rich and colorful, vindaloo is made with potatoes cooked in a light, ginger, garlic and tomato puree. This aromatic sauce was excellent and the lamb was tender. My dinner partner noted Curry House’s version of vindaloo was a little different than she’s used to, but it was still good.
What else to know
On another note, the server was attentive and the surroundings were nice. Chandeliers, tablecloths and background music didn’t drown out our conversation. Prices are quite reasonable, with entrees range from $12 to $14, depending on your pick of protein. Appetizers are around $5.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and dinner is 5-9:30 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, lunch is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner is 3-10 p.m. On Sundays, lunch is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner is 3-9:30 p.m.
There’s a lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. The restaurant participates with several third-party delivery services and takeout is available. Call 615-984-4440 for more information or to order. Check out the menu at curryhousetn.com/.