Today I left Kim to hang out with Laura and I went down to Northfield to hang out with Josh. After Josh suggested I try Kurry Kabab with him we tried to get over there a few weeks ago but found it closed after the lunch serving (as most Indian restaurants do) so we ended up next door at Beef O’Brady’s instead — that was so average that it wasn’t even worth the mention. Anyway today I got down to Northfield before noon and found Josh already awake and ready to go. I suggested we get over there then and get some spicy lunch. We called before we left to ensure that they were open and headed out.
We arrived just before noon and found only a few people sitting down to eat. The hostess/server asked if we were having the buffet and after a glance to Josh and a nod we said that we were. Previously Josh had only eaten take-out so this would be a nice way for him to try something new. We were told to help ourselves and went straight to the serving line. They had multiple items offered up including: Tandoori Chicken, Pakora, Naan, Goat Masala, Chicken Shahi Korma, Gobi Alu, Kadai Paneer and some rice pudding for dessert. There were some yogurts and chutneys but I didn’t check those out. I also missed one or two of the options on the line but you’ll get the idea.
I loaded up my plate and went back to my seat. As soon as I sat down I looked around and thought that the first line on their website was quite a bit off. When you say something like, “Kurry Kabab is a Minnesota Fine Dining Indian Restaurant located in Northfield, Minnesota,” I expect that you are going to at least be decent. Unfortunately for Kurry Kabab, they fall quite a bit short in this area.
First I snagged my hand on the chipped glass covering the table. It gave me a small scratch but thankfully no blood. From what I could tell, they could have rotated the glass around and hidden the chip along the wall and no one would have been injured. The chairs around our table had spots, stains and looked drab. As I looked out over the majority of the restaurant I found it to be packed with chairs and tables that were in a similar condition to ours. The decorations were limited and if I hadn’t been able to smell the food in the serving line, I could have guessed we were in any fourth rate Chinese buffet. The food, however, was another story. I was quite impressed with the quality and level of spice at a buffet. While this was no Sambol, it was well worth the $9.95 per person. The Tandoori Chicken was a bit on the dry side but the rest was absolutely fantastic. I especially loved the Kadai Paneer and the Chicken Shahi Korma.
Obviously we weren’t the only ones that enjoyed our meal today because by the time we left, the lunch rush was in full swing with the entire restaurant filling in like I would have never imagined. I assume that with the price being fairly reasonable, the lack of other Indian restaurants in town, and the food being as tasty as it was, it’s no wonder that it is so popular.
In addition to the lunch buffet they also allow you to order from the menu for dine-in or take-out. As I said above, Josh has done take-out there before and liked it but thought that what we had was far better than what he chose before. Their prices, per item, are very reasonable and from what I understand the portions are also quite large.
While Kurry Kabab is no where nearly as good as Sambol in Eagan, if you’re down in Northfield or cruising along MN-3, I suggest stopping in for their lunch buffet. I can almost guarantee that you will eat entirely too much and enjoy it all the way.
2018 Jefferson Road
Northfield, MN 55057
See all the pictures from Kurry Kabab on Flickr here.