I'm on the road a lot and I love to find new places to eat. This has become more challenging since giving up wheat so now I'm trying different cuisines that I didn't typically eat in the past when I was "on the road".
Last week I tried Curry and More Indian Bistro in San Marcos (near Palomar at Las Posas and Grand). I was actually going to eat lunch at Pei Wei but the line was long and the smells coming from Curry and More lured me in. I'm so glad they did.
The restaurant was pretty busy for lunch on Monday and it looked like an office worker kind of crowd. I knew I liked Indian food, but it had been made for me by friends at Microsoft so I was totally unfamiliar with the the names of things which makes ordering a challenge. I found a few things I recognized (naan bread and samosas) but they have wheat in them, so I had to venture into new areas.
My waiter was great about making some suggestions when I told him I didn't eat wheat. He suggested an appetizer that was breaded in chick pea flour (Mumbai Calamari) and I considered it but went for the Lemongrass soup of the day instead.
I've had lemongrass soup at Thai restaurants but this was lighter and slightly spicier and I loved it! I would have taken a quart home if I had thought of it at the time. The cup of soup was really large and I didn't actually finish it. I think if I wasn't very hungry, the soup and a small salad would make a nice meal.
For an entree I ordered the Lamb Roganjosh curry, flavored with saffron. I've never had lamb curry - I had goat curry in Jamaica and loved it, so I figured it would be similar. It was better in a different way since the spices were more Indian and less of the sweet Caribbean curry flavors. The waiter asked what spice level I wanted, and since I wasn't sure what their heat scale was, I said "mild to medium" and that turned out to be perfect (it was probably a 4 on a Thai food scale). The spice gave a nice back of throat zest and heat without my lips going numb or feeling like there the curry was a path burning down my esophagus.
The curry came with salad, Jeera Aloo (semi-curried potatoes which were buttery sweet), Daal (curried lentils that had quite a kick to them!), and Naan (which I declined). The curry was served on a bed of saffron rice that would have been really yummy even by itself. I loved the side dishes and my lamb curry was perfectly tender. I kept eating long after I should have stopped just because my taste buds were so happy!
I thought that if this is wheat free eating, I'm happy to not be eating wheat! I admit passing up the Naan bread was hard. Soft, doughy bread is what I miss the most with this new lifestyle and that bread was singing it's siren song to me for sure.
I will go back to Curry and More. In fact, it may give Happy Chang's Thai food a run for it's money in the "where to eat before a performance at Palomar" category. The food was good, the service was good, the bill (with tax and tip) came to just under $20. Admittedly, this is a bit high for lunch, but if I had stopped when I was full instead of listening to my taste buds I could have had another meal from the leftovers, which would have made it a $10 meal.
Check out their website at http://curryandmore.com for location info.