By John Lee
Front of House Manager, Devil Gourmet
Brick Lane Curry House in Montclair wants you to reach your goals in 2014, and on New Year’s Day they’ve got several ways to do it, and benefit people in need at the same time, and while enjoying traditional British Style Curry.
Curry, and Indian Food, in New Jersey is an interesting story unto itself. With pharmaceuticals and high tech industries, along with some of the best universities in the nation, the Garden State has become home to many immigrants from India. The curry in Indian Restaurants (the ones frequented by Indians) is akin to what is served in India. At Brick Lane, the curry is based on the curries found in the United Kingdom (British Curry.)
Brick Lane’s curries are milder for the most part, and ingredients found in England find their way into many dishes like the Rosemary Naan. (there are also traditional and garlic Naans) The culinary story isn’t all that different from that of the Italian immigrants in NJ. When they came to America they used the locally available ingredients that were in abundance and created new versions of the dishes they knew back home. That’s why Italian food in New Jersey has an abundance of ricotta and mozzarella cheese, all those cows wandering around make milk, and cheese, relatively inexpensive compared to what the immigrants had in the Old World. In the American vernacular it is still called “Italian” but someone arriving from Rome my have a different opinion on its authenticity. It doesn’t make it wrong, just different.
With so much attention focused on New Year’s Eve celebrations, and ending the old year with a bang, the owners of Brick Lane wanted to do something different: kick off the New Year with by making things happen for their guests and the community starting January 1. Brick Lane will be open on New Year’s Day 2014.
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