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About Permanently Closed - Curry Craft
This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Curry Craft is a contemporary Indian restaurant that is all about the craft and judicious use of spices. Conceptualized and designed by Chef Mel Oza of "The Evolved Curry Studio" the restaurant has at its heart a kitchen that boasts both traditional and modern Indian cuisine with the Chef"s signature twist. Chef Oza has in the past consulted for Copper and The Blue Taj restaurants in Charlotte, NC and Lehja in Richmond among many others in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Denver. Here at Curry Craft you will come to know Indian food in a new and exciting way, albeit without missing a single note, spice or flavors associated with ancient Indian tradition. Curry Craft's convenient location makes it an ideal gathering spot for private and business diners alike. Visit our bar and fill your craving for cocktails with our signature and innovative offerings. Like our motto says, we are Culturally Rooted, Locally Suited!
Richmond, VA 23221
Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Contemporary Indian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Contact:
Mel Oza: (804) 358-0350
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, View, Wine
Curry Craft - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
I love Curry Craft's food. Sometimes, I feel as if the service or communications between the kitchen and the wait staff is spotty though. I'm not sure what that is about. And I really can't understand why the restaurant is not packed all the time b/c the food is so good. When I came in this time, the server was very welcoming and attentive. I was waiting for my date who was caught in the rain and having trouble parking. I had time to look at the menu and order a drink. I had decided that I wanted to order the Pondicherry escargots when my date arrived. The server suggested that he would put the order in as soon as my date arrived. But when she arrived, even though there weren't a whole lot of people in the restaurant, our waiter appeared to have forgotten his suggestion. I had to order it later when he finally came over to take our order. It's not a big deal. But he shouldn't have suggested this "auto" order if he couldn't fulfill such. Overall, we had a lovely dinner. We also appreciated the chef sending out a second dessert of kofi (yummy...not too sweet and the nut paste consistency was fantastic) after we chose the gulab jamun (also wonderful)
The food was delicious! Our waiter explained each dish including the specials, and indicated carefully which were very spicy. The three of us shared 2 appetizers (chaat and amazing escargot--not the French preparation, a little more heat and crispness), each had a different chicken entree and all were good, a bottle of wine, a platter of naan. The restaurant was quiet even with a number of other diners, and my friends, facing Cary Street, enjoyed the urban scene as it passed by.
I went to Curry Craft with my best friend on Valentines Day. We had made a reservation just in case it was super busy. When we walked in, it was clear that a reservation hadn't been necessary. There were only two other parties sitting down. We stood for approximately 4 minutes at the front door (very awkward) before finally being approached by a server, who simply told us to wait for someone to seat us (umm, thanks?) When the next server approached, he pointed us to a table and that was that. Grateful that we were finally acknowledged, we decided to give the staff the benefit of the doubt; however, 10 minutes later we still had not been provided menus, water, or even a simple "how are you?" We got up and left. The experience left both my friend and I very uncomfortable and annoyed.
It took nearly 15 mins to receive a glass of water and the menu initially. We were reedy to leave and would have earlier had we not been talking. Initial oversight my be okay, but it continued the entire meal (see below).
If the place was packed it would have been at least a bit more excusable. However, half the tables indicated they were "reserved" and were empty. In other words, the service shouldn't have been this bad. Further, we went long periods without service (again, water fill-up, addtl rice, etc.) and took 1.5 hours to eat dinner.
The meal at Curry Craft was delicious and the chef(s) obviously know(s) what they are doing, however the waitress who took care of us seemed a bit off her game and that unfortunately colored our experience. We had to remind her to take our entire order and when we asked some questions about the menu, she seemed confused about them and not very well acquainted with Indian cuisine. We were also only told about the chef's tasting menu after we placed our order -- a shame really, because we didn't want to over-complicate anything after having already gone through the ordeal of asking all the questions about what was possible to order/and ordering an initial time with her. That said, the food was amazing.
My date and I had a great time at Curry Craft. We made a reservation through Open Table beforehand, but when we walked in, they asked us if we had a reservation, said yes, but then the server didn't ask for our names or anything. They were aware of two big parties that were coming in (only one showed up during our entire meal) and so they had those set aside. So they didn't seem to be aware of the reservation list or have tables set for us. The service was OK. One person was clearly inexperienced, but she was sweet. Food was good, plenty for two. Wine was good too. My final complaint would be the atmosphere: it seemed cold. It was cold, actually, I was shivering the whole time. But although the lighting was dim, the furniture, wall decoration, and placement of the tables didn't do much for our comfort and enjoyment. Could use nicer and warmer chairs and decorations to make it seem more "Indian".
I'd call Curry Craft "gourmet" Indian food. Dishes are carefully prepared with often interesting/unusual ingredients. It's a very pleasant setting and NOT loud! Easy to have conversations with your companions - making this a very unique dining spot in Richmond!
The food was good, very well spiced and flavorful, but the service was not good. It was 30 minutes to get one of our appetizers (the other took another ten minutes), and in that time no one came to take our dinner orders. We ordered raita and naan that didn't come out until well after our dinners. Pretty bad for a not-crowded Friday night.
Fantastic curry. Had the jumbo prawns with tamarind/coconut south Indian curry on Basmati rice.
The prawns were gigantic and succulent and ordered extra naan to soak up all the excellent curry. Quiet, exotic atmosphere in the midst of vibrant Cary Town. When I'm in Richmond again, will certainly return.
We love Indian food and are constantly looking for new restaurants to experience. Curry Craft has traditional dishes with a unique taste twist that we thoroughly enjoyed along with a delicious signature dish provided as a free appetizer while we waited for the entrees. Only negative was the Nan (bread) was barely cooked (even after requesting "well done" when more was ordered), small and not enjoyable compared to what we have been served in other Indian restaurants. Our server was very good, knowledgeable of the entire menu and attentive. Beer and wine menu had a good variety of selections. Full bar not available but not a problem for us. The ambiance was nicely upscale for a restaurant on Cary St.
Curry Craft is a quaint spot for deliciously delicious not cheap not expensive Indian cuisine. Phenomenal apps-the chaat is supurb, and dynamic curry. Portions are not large, but ordering a number equal to your party size +/- 1 with the same number of naan (1/2 regular and 1/2 garlic) will create a tremendous sharing food experience for all!
I love Indian food, and I really liked how Curry Craft put a modern twist on classical Indian dishes. I also thought it cool how they put different ingredients that one would never see in traditional Indian cuisine (i.e. - goat cheese and mushroom on naan). The food was absolutely fantastic, and our server was very knowledgeable. It was very thoughtful of the chef to come out, check on us, and to thank us for coming in.
For a great Indian restaurant centrally located in Richmond look no farther. Located on hip Cary Street we found it to be a quiet oasis -- and hope it grows to be a thriving, bustling neighborhood favorite. (We had a 5:30 reservation which could explain why it was quiet.)
The food was excellent. All four of us enjoyed what we ordered. The food is both authentic and has a touch of fusion. Escargot!
The service was also excellent.
The booths were very comfortable.
This was my second visit to Curry Craft and it was just as good as the first visit. Our waitress was friendly, attentive and helpful with picking dishes and wine. The food was flavorful and fresh. This isn't your typical Indian food restaurant - the quality and flavor is outstanding.
I've never had Indian food at this level before. We had an amazing meal, among the best in this city.
We started with apps off the menu and the special board, and followed with rockfish and tikka masala. I want to go back and just work my way through the appetizers one night, a lot of textured flavor in each of the small plates.
When I moved to Richmond from NoVA, I thought I'd never find the kind of excellent Indian cuisine that I loved when in the DC area. Curry Craft meets and in some ways exceeds what I knew and loved up north. Creative, spanning several different cuisine traditions of India, well-balanced vis-a-vis heat and flavor, I always find something to make me smile. The crab/prawn special on Sunday night was marvelous. Looking forward to going back again.
What a find. We recently dined here before attending a play because we had heard so many good things about the place. My initial reaction was, "How much different can it be?" Boy was I surprised. The restaurant is casual and comfortable. This staff is friendly and attentive, without being oversolicitous. But the food, oh the food. Everything was delicious. The goat cheese and mushroom naan was amazing. My entree was lamb with a coconut sauce. Outstanding. Others had two different chicken dishes that were outstanding. You simply can't go wrong here. Prepare yourself for. Whole new Indian experience.
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