Blue Dream Curry House
Nothing gets Ashevillians quite so excited as the prospect of new curry. It appeals to our love of diverse food and also promises to please, if executed correctly, both the vegetarians and meat-eaters in our fair city.
Curries as a whole vary based on culture and cuisine. Blue Dream’s menu leans more toward the cuisine of India, but also reaches out to include curries from Japan, Thailand and elsewhere.
Walking into the small dining room, it was alive with patrons enjoying their meals. With burnt orange and royal blue walls, I was hopeful that the vibrancy carried over into the curry.
The menu is simple – choose your curry and add on a protein. It turns out these folks know Asheville because in addition to Apple Brandy Farms beef and Springer Mountain chicken, there are four vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free friendly protein options to choose from.
At the end of the meal, I could say with authority that the food was as vibrant as the brightly colored walls. Every dish was not only delicious, but reasonably priced. Blue Dream offers a diverse selection of curries and touts a beer list that will please any Ashevillian walking through the cheerful doors.
IF YOU GO
The restaurant: Blue Dream Curry House, 81 Patton Ave., 828-258-2500, www.bluedreamcurry.com
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Dish to try: The original naan taco and the Midnight Masala.
Beverage notes: Beer, wine, Blue Blaze sodas, tea
Prices: $ The small plates top out at $5 while entrees at $9, adding on protein will add another $2-$4.
Health Department score: 98
The bottom line: If you can’t deliver on your theme’s product, you don’t have much of a chance to survive in the restaurant business. Fortunately, that is not a problem at Blue Dream. Not only were the curries spot on, but all the other items we tried – from house pickles to naan – were equally delicious. A well-curated beer list, a knowledgeable staff, and affordable prices only helped make my visit a success. If I walk away with one complaint or rather a request, it would be to bring on the heat, I like my vindaloo fiery.