Adam and I enjoyed an early dinner tonight at Funky Curry on Bourke Street (there is also another Funky Curry on King Street which is supposedly better but Bourke Street’s restaurant is more convenient for most of us). Now, I’ve heard a handful of people wax lyrical about this place but I think the phrases “RECESSION SPECIAL! $6.50 FOR 2 NAANS AND 2 CURRIES, MON – FRI 4:30pm – 6:00pm” written on bright fluro paper drew us in. And although we were apprehensive at the thought of having to eat bain marie food, we decided to give it a go anyway.
The restaurant itself is pretty simple but the owners did their best to brighten it up by painting all the walls in garish shades of greens, yellows and oranges. There are also random messages scrawled in black texta all over these walls, from philosophical musings about forgiveness to more raunchy ones containing sexual innuendo and pure random ones such as “there are two million gods in India.”
My $6.50 “recession deal.” Two warm naans and two curries “fresh” from the bain marie, butter chicken and chana masala (spicy chickpea gravy). I know that butter chicken is one of those “gweilo” dishes that Indians probably roll their eyes over so when I requested mine to be “mild” rather than “spicy”, I could tell that the chicks serving me were giggling in their heads . Despite that though, it was still very flavourful and the chickpea gravy had so much fire and spice for my two dishes anyway.
Adam was hungrier than me, having not yet consumed lunch. He ordered a deal where you get three naans and three curries for (I think it was) $10.50. Among the two vegetable dishes (one with potatoes and one with dumplings) was a pretty decent lamb korma.
We were both pleasantly surprised at how decent the food was, given our initial reluctance to eat from a bain marie and at such good prices too. At any other time, my meal would have cost $8.90 (or $7.90 with my student card) and that would have still been a bargain. While Funky Curry is not the best Indian in the city (Red Pepper on the top end of Bourke St wins it for me, so far), it is definitely miles ahead of many of its competitors within a km radius. And when it comes to bain marie Indian food, Funky Curry would definitely roll Flora up in a blunt and smoke it. To steal a few words from Pseudo Echo (who, in turn, stole them from Lipps Inc), the curries kept us movin’ and groovin’ with some energy all the way up to Target where I bought a few mini muffin pans and before resting our feets at Borders. An hour later, however, I wasn’t feeling quite so friendly towards Funky Curry and neither was Adam. We were both feeling a little light in the head and my stomach started to ache a little. Grrr. No good .