Hannah Gabel, Staff Writer
The Olympia and Lacey area have a multitude of restaurants available from all different cultures and countries. Restaurants range from Thai, Japanese, Mexican, Indian to Irish, and many more. One restaurant stands above the rest when it comes to authentic Indian food, a place that will keep your mouth watering and your taste buds happy. There’s never a dull moment at the Curry Corner, a small restaurant off Martin Way. This treasure is hidden just behind the Mobil gas station and can be a bit hard to find, but once you’ve discovered it, you’ll want to keep going back.
The restaurant is a quaint, family-owned establishment, that greets customers with a cozy warmth upon entering. The owners moved to America years ago, opening up a variety of shops, like the Shingaar Salon just across the street, including what is now the Curry Corner, not to be mistaken with the Curry House. The restaurant has won “Best Indian Restaurant in Olympia” repeatedly since 2012, among numerous other rewards, and there is a reason for it.
The service is consistent, and the staff is friendly. If you are a regular, they’ll even start to remember parts of your usual order. While it might be a bit of a wait to receive food, the wait is well worth it. Nothing is too spicy and there’s a wide variety of options. The Curry Corner menu offers vegetarian dishes, seafood meals, regular meat dishes, and plentiful options for appetizers, desserts, and drinks.
While the dishes can be a bit pricey, the food is well worth the money, especially if you go during the early weekdays where there’s the ‘lunch special.’ The special comes with a choice of a few curries, in addition to many sides, such as a vegetable, rice, and a dessert. While the meals aren’t outrageously priced outside of the lunch special, plan on bringing at least 20 dollars to cover the meal and a proper tip.
If any of the dishes in particular catch your eye, there is a shelf along the wall of products that customers can buy to cook food for themselves at home. A variety of spices, flavorings, supplies, and tea mixes adorn the shelves and are available for purchase at the front counter, in case anyone feels adventurous enough to try to recreate any of the dishes themselves.
The Curry Corner is a great place to bring a group, or a single friend, as it is rarely packed in the small space. However, if you want just a brief stop in, you can always order the food to-go and enjoy it at home.
If you’re an adventurous food connoisseur and a fan of intricate flavors with a hint of spice, the Curry Corner is the place for you. For a uniquely positive dining experience, one needs to look no further than at this Indian cuisine restaurant. The Curry Corner offers an authentic, delicious experience that far surpasses that of the few other Indian restaurants in the Olympia area and is definitely one of the cheapest out of the options. When it comes to enjoying filling, unique food, and a calm atmosphere, this restaurant is a great place to go. You will be wanting to return for many visits after.