Opening just five months ago, Curry at Corio has a convenient perch in Corio Village shopping centre, but any similarity to “mall food” ends there.
Curry at Corio boasts as owner a renowned, award-winning chef, Atar Singh, who has appeared on The Chefs Line on SBS, and was former head chef at the famed Atta in Albert Park.
He’s also worked for eight years in Japan, bringing the subcontinent’s many delicious dishes to another home of famed cuisine, also appearing on a Japanese TV show to show off his skills.
Atar started out at the Connaught Palace in New Delhi; worked under the guidance of a chef from Moti Mahal, the birthplace of the original butter chicken; was selected to take part in a New York food festival while working with celebrity chef Sanjiv Kapor; and worked with some great restaurants, besides Atta, around Melbourne
His credentials are impeccable, perfectly blending with “a burning desire to deliver his culinary talents in multi-cultural Australia”.
Atar says that he’s now excited to bring his authentic international Indian flavours and cooking methods to locals in Corio and Greater Geelong.
“We grind all of our own spices, and our slow-cooking methods mean you get a lot of flavour but in a much healthy version,” he says.
“The positive feedback we’ve received locally has been really encouraging and we look forward to introducing some of our other dishes – such as our Paneer Tikka Achari, featuring chunks of homemade paneer (cottage cheese) marinated in yoghurt, pickle spices and roasted in a hot clay oven.”
The restaurant, with a la carte, takeaway, banquet/catering, and combo menus, offers plenty of vego, vegan, and gluten- and nut-free options, with butter chicken, chicken tikka and vindaloo lamb, rogan josh and nut-free chicken korma the red-hot faves with mostly Aussie diners.
“Our menu is extensive and eclectic and we’re creating something that’s truly a game-changer. We offer the same sensory experience as a fine diner but in a more relaxed way. ”
Curry at Corio, Shop 13A, Corio Village Shopping Centre, 83 Purnell Road, Corio. Opens 11am-8.30pm daily. Inquiries: 0466 073 631