Shenzhen Restaurant Review: Indian Curry Cafe

By Luis Campos, July 3, 2019

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The Place

Shekou residents are probably already familiar with the area around the Rose Garden and its endless array of food options. The Rose Garden hosts a smorgasbord of culturally-diverse restaurants adorned with flags from different countries – each representing the international flavors that Shekou has to offer.

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Last month, we took our taste buds on a journey to South Asia, exploring the amazing dishes on offer at Indian Curry Cafe (also known as Kebab House – don’t ask, we have no idea), which is situated in Rose Garden 2. 

The Food

Though Indian Curry Cafe has plenty of meat options for carnivores (including fish, chicken and lamb curries), we decided to take a ‘healthier’ route by only sampling the restaurant’s vegetarian options.

Our meal began with the vegetable samosa (RMB22) and the veggie pakoras (RMB38). Both starters were fried, crispy delights, though they were not as spicy as we would have liked. We suggest asking for extra spicy if you’re used to Indian food with a kick.

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Our dinner continued with the chana masala (RMB49), a chickpea dish cooked in traditional spices, and the paneer butter masala (RMB49), a delightful curry that was both filling and healthy-ish. Both of these dishes were paired with the restaurant’s naan bread (RMB12) and basmati rice (RMB22) – a necessary purchase unless you enjoy eating curry dishes on their own or you are trying to limit carbs.

Drink options are a bit limited, especially when it comes to traditional Indian beverages. We ordered the Indian masala tea (RMB15), but, upon its arrival, wished we’d ordered the mango lassi (RMB28) instead.

The Vibe

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We visited Indian Curry Cafe on the day India played Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup. Excitement shook the cafe as Team India continued scoring runs throughout the night. The energy of fans of the ‘Men in Blue’ was contagious, and – for a second – we felt we were part of the ‘home team.’

Can we guarantee you will understand the rules of cricket? Or that this same atmosphere will be present every time you visit? No. Do we encourage you to go on a day when India is playing a cricket match? Absolutely!

Price: RMB100-150
Who’s going:
cricket fanatics, hungry veggiesauruses
Good for:
swell samosas, cool curries, nice naan
Nearest metro:
Shuiwan (Exit D), 10 minutes’ walk

Open daily, 10.30am-3pm, 5pm-11pm; see listing for Indian Curry Cafe

[Cover image by Luis Campos for That’s] 

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