Curry is a popular dish originating from India and Southeast Asia. While curries can be “wet” or “dry,” the term is most commonly used to refer to dishes prepared and served in a sauce made with a combination of spices and herbs. Fresh or dried hot chilies are a common ingredient, though curries can range from mild and sweet to very spicy depending on the spices used and additional ingredients such as coconut milk. This list of some of the best curries in Philadelphia gives a mixture of different regions of cuisine including Indian, Thai, Japanese and Burmese.
Saffron Indian Kitchen
145 Montgomery Ave.
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
60 E. Butler Ave.
Ambler, PA 19002
Saffron received the Best of Philly award for “Best Indian Restaurant” in Philadelphia Magazine for 2015. The BYO is run by a former chef from Tiffin (a small Philadelphia Indian chain), offering traditional Indian cuisine as well as updated classics. There are several curries on the menu with one of the favorites being the goan shrimp curry. The $18 dish is served over basmati rice and features shrimp with carrots, raisins, ginger and curry leaves in a creamy, slightly sweet tomato and coconut sauce.
Indeblue Indian Cuisine Restaurant & Bar
205 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Indeblue offers both classic and modern takes on Indian cuisine. While some people might be familiar with its original BYO location in Collingswood, the Midtown Village spot has a full bar with an extensive wine, beer and cocktail list. There are plenty of curry options on the menu, with the seafood moilee being a standout choice. Perfectly cooked jumbo shrimp and jumbo crab are served in a coconut curry with lemon rice and cashews for $25.
204 N. 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
As the name suggests, Terakawa Ramen is best known for its Kyushu-style ramen broth and noodles. But the Chinatown spot also offers a selection of Japanese curries. Thicker and more mild than Indian curries, it’s almost like a gravy rather than a sauce. Choose from pork cutlet, chicken cutlet and the most popular – karaage chicken curry. The $10 dish is made with lightly fried chicken that’s marinated in fresh ginger juice and then served with curry over rice. Salad with ginger dressing comes on the side.
Rangoon Burmese Restaurant
112 N. 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Over the past 20 years, Rangoon has become a Chinatown staple offering authentic Burmese dishes. You’ll want to start with its famous thousand layer bread. Served warm and flaky, it’s a cross between a pancake and roti. And while you can order it plain for $3.50, it’s best eaten dipped in either the chicken or potato curry sauce for $6.25. The jungle curry is a favorite entree made with mushrooms, snow peas, string beans, bell peppers and onions in a sweet coconut green curry with a unique note of lime. Prices range from $10 to $16.50 depending on your choice of meat with options such as chicken, beef, shrimp or squid.
Circles Contemporary Asian Cuisine
1516 Tasker St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145
812 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
429 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Owner and Chef Alex Boonphaya opened his first Circles location in South Philly in 2009, followed by Northern Liberties in 2011 and most recently a Headhouse location in the summer of 2015. With three locations under his belt, it’s obvious that this Bangkok native has found an audience in Philadelphia for his menus of both traditional and innovative Thai cuisine. The hand-blended curry pastes are key ingredients for a number of dishes. An entire section of the menu is dedicated to gluten-free curry entrees ($13) that can be made with chicken, pork, tofu, seitan, shrimp or seafood with an additional charge for proteins. The pumpkin curry is a popular choice featuring bell peppers, basil and a subtle Kabocha pumpkin. Another specialty is the roasted duck in a red curry with veggies, grape tomatoes, pineapple and crunchy cashews for $19.
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Michelle Hein is the social media editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. If the writing gig doesn’t pan out, she constantly dreams of owning her own bakery…perhaps connected to the restaurant/bar that her lawyer husband would love to open.
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