New Zealand born chef Lance Mueller, formerly E.P & L.P. and Élephante, has teamed up with self-proclaimed curry addict and Aussie native Cobi Marsh for a new curry house in West Hollywood that features a menu specializing in traditional curries from various regions around the world.
The concept behind Cobi’s Curries is that the combination of antioxidant spices used are not just meant to be tasty, but also medicinal, comparing the health benefits in curry to Ayurvedic medicine, developed in India thousands of years ago.
Open for takeout and delivery as well as outdoor dining, the menu offers detailed information on the health benefits of the ingredients in each curry. The African curry is a comforting combination of peanuts, blackened peppers, coconut cream paprika and peppers. All curries come with your choice of proteins (chicken, beef or shrimp).
The Indian butter chicken, a creamy mix of organic chicken, fenugreek, garlic, ginger, onions, turmeric, asafoetida, cumin and coriander seeds is a great pick and even better reheated the next day.
If you like it hot, try The Devil from Malaysia – organic chicken with dried and fresh chilis, galangal, lemongrass, shrimp paste, onions, vinegar and mustard seeds. The health benefits from this demon are said to include everything from preventing cancer and tumors to reducing muscle pain.
Definitely order the dal, a perfect accompaniment to the curries as well as a rice variety that includes brown, jasmine and royal basmati. There are also noodles and garlic naan that arrive warm as well as a variety of house-made sauces and fresh yogurt raita to cool things down.
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