This family-run gem of a restaurant specializes in homestyle Indian cooking: slow roasted tandooris, savory shahi kormas, and simmering curries that are a sure-fire way to fill our bellies with a healthy dose of happy.Fact: there's nothing better than a home-cooked meal. Sadly, sometimes they're kind of hard to come by. Between our hectic jobs, social escapades and just day-to-day business, sometimes it's just hard to muster up the motivation to make ourselves a meal. On days when that's the case, we book it to Currylicious and spend some high-quality time with the Hooda family. This family-run gem of a restaurant specializes in homestyle Indian cooking: slow roasted tandooris, savory shahi kormas, and simmering curries that are a sure-fire way to fill our bellies with a healthy dose of happy. Sure, we never thought India's cuisine would come to mind when we heard "comfort food" either – but one taste of Fateem's Malai Chicken and we were believers.
Walking into Currylicious' vibrant, clean interior is like stepping into the Hooda's home. Since moving to Atlanta from India in 2006, Fateem and her family have done everything in their power to make that so. You see, it's always been a dream of hers to have a restaurant of her own. Nothing brings her more pleasure than to see a groups of people chatting and chowing down around her table. You can taste the love and care she puts into each dish: from the crispy, golden glory of the Murgi Na Farcha (Indian fried chicken) to the rich, ruby goodness of the Kadai Paneer. We couldn't ask for a more qualified Indian chef here in the A – in India, Fateem's cooking is revered the whole country round. In fact, her cook book, Khoja Khana is a staple wedding gift in her home country. (Don't worry, they're working on getting it published here, too.) But in the meantime, we're much obliged to trot on over to Currylicious for our homestyle eats. (Let's be honest, we'll keep going even when the cookbook is put to press – because a meal with the Hooda family? There's just no substitute.
Panjabi Samosa, $4
Lamb Shahi Korma, $13
Tandoori Chicken Gravy, $8
Malai Chicken, $12
Palak Paneer, $10
Tuesday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m
Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.