Discover exotic eats for reasonable prices at Metropolis

Telegraph correspondentJuly 12, 2013 

Full disclosure: I love Indian food. Beyond curries and tandoori, I think Indian food has more layers, more texture and more tingle for your tongue than any other culture’s food. And Metropolis Curry and Kabob lives up to its cuisine’s expectations.

We began with the pakoras, essentially fritters of either vegetables or shrimp. The shrimp ones we had were richly spiced and fried perfectly. The potato filled samosas are just lovely and only mildly spiced for the faint-of-heart.

In fact, none of the food here is spiced heavily unless you ask for extra heat, so if that has kept you from Indian food in the past, you needn’t worry. If you’ve never tried Indian or Greek food, the appetizer platters would be a fun idea. On the Greek sampler, you get dolmades (rice-stuffed grape leaves), hummus and falafel for $7.99. For a dollar more, the tandoori sampler kabob, shrimp tandoori and -- my favorite -- chicken tikka, which is roasted chicken in a creamy tomato sauce.

Next we had my second favorite Indian dish, chicken korma. This fragrant dish consists of juicy chicken steeped in a yogurt, tomato and coconut curry. Metropolis’ version has generous amounts of meat and a wonderful balance of spices.

Other Indian dishes include lamb rogan josh, seafood vindaloo and shrimp patia, which is cooked with mangoes, ginger and scallions. Next time, I’m trying the shrimp kahari, which is something like stir-fry. At $14.95, it’s the highest priced single item on the menu.

On the Greek side, everything is equally good. When they brought us a giant salad covered in tomatoes, cucumbers and feta cheese, we thought they had gotten our order wrong. Then we received the main course. The salad was just a side for the huge, juicy gyro we had ordered. The grilled meat was tender and the onions were al dente, not soggy. For $8.99, this is a very good deal.

Aside from the usual naan, Metropolis has a few specialty breads that are out of this world. The keema naan is stuffed with lamb meat and spices, the bullet naan is for those who like it hot, but the very best is the pishwari stuffed with raisins, coconut and cashews. I could eat this stuff all day.

If this sounds good but you’re not sure about trying something new, go during lunch for the buffet. Both Indian and Greek foods are offered so you can determine your favorites, from meatball masala to mater methi malai.

If you’re lucky, they will have my favorite dessert on the buffet: gulab jamun. Spongy powdered milk balls soaked in rose scented syrup may not sound great, but they are amazing.

If you’re looking for something new and adventurous, Metropolis has gracious service, reasonable prices and hasn’t really been discovered by Macon yet. Go now before the rush.

Metropolis Curry and Kabob

Address: 2460 Riverside Drive, Macon

Phone: (478) 464-0247

Website: www.facebook.com/metropoliscurryandkabob

Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-11 p.m. Fridays-Sundays

Payment: Cash, credit

Smoking: No

Alcohol: Yes

Kids Menu: Yes

Noise Level: Low

Health Rating: 100

Price range: $10-$20

Rating: 3 stars

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