Indian food is fascinating. It looks like mush, like one big glob of a meal. And then you put it in your mouth and it’s an explosion of flavors. It looks like one cohesive mess, but when it is an assault to the tastebuds. There is no discernible ingredient when you look at it. Everything is just bright. But when you taste it, every spice introduces itself to you.
It may be a mess, but it a beautiful delicious mess.
I have long avoided Indian food, mostly because I associate it with curry. I don’t like curry. But then one afternoon, we had to take the car to the casa and the nearest restaurant is Assad. I ordered Butter Chicken, thinking it was the butter chicken in chinese restaurants I’m accustomed to. I was dead wrong, but I. LOVED. IT. Since then, I was hooked.
I tried, and successfully cooked Butter Chicken at home. Jr finished off the meal and enjoyed it so I have a testimonial on that. However, as I learned while doing it, cooking Indian food is tedious. There is a reason why Indian food looks like one amalgamated mess. And it involves a lot of dishes and kitchen instruments to be washed.
Ain’t nobody got time for that.
On our 4th wedding anniversary, I was craving for one thing: Butter Chicken. Indian Butter Chicken. And I don’t want to cook it. I just want to sit down and eat it. Tessa recommended a place in Makati. She takes her Indian clients there and they enjoy it. I figured, if Indians like it, it must be that good.
We grabbed a table at Royal Indian Curry House and ordered the Butter Chicken and Chicken Tikka for Jr. We got the basmati rice because it’s only right to do that and some butter Naan to finish (read: clean) off our plate.
The Chicken tikka had curry but nothing of the yellow curry Filipino are sort of used to and I hate. It was red and spicy but tolerable. The butter naan was perfect for starters and enders. We wiped off the last drop of the butter chicken with it. The Butter Chicken was indeed glorious, but Jr thought my butter chicken was better.
My husband really knows what’s good for him.
Royal Indian Curry House
5345 General Luna Street
Poblacion, Makati City
Opens 12 noon to 5 am