LOS ANGELES – City locals filled the newest restaurant in the Atwater Village neighborhood to celebrate the grand opening of Curry King on Sept. 26. The Indian restaurant is the only one of its kind in the area and features an open kitchen, bar seating, as well as formal dine-in seating.
The interior is classic and clean, but features accents of Indian art and décor.
“The identity of this restaurant was something that we struggled with for a while,” Raj Jawa, co-owner, told India-West. “We weren’t sure which way to go with it, but now that we have a delicious menu down, we can continue to focus on the ‘look’ of the place,” he added.
The restaurant was officially inaugurated by the Jawa family who gave Raji Rab, a family-friend who is running for Congress, the honor of cutting the ribbon. Once the ribbon was cut, families of all ethnic backgrounds walked in to enjoy their Sunday brunch. Attendees varied from a 6-year-old girl who had just returned from her soccer match and was eating Indian food for the first time to an Indian food enthusiast and Atwater Village resident, Lizzy Walker, who was literally counting down the days until Curry King opened.
“I’ve called the restaurant several times over the past week in anticipation of their opening. I cannot wait to take my food home and try it,” Walker told India-West.
When asked about the origin of the name “Curry King,” Kumar Jawa, owner of the restaurant, told India-West that it was a name that was very nostalgic to him. “The name originated from one of my childhood friends who created and sold a delicious sauce called Curry King. It has kind of stuck with me since then.”
Jawa said he wanted this restaurant to bring back the smells and tastes that he grew up with. “I hope to start off this new venture in a royal way,” he added.
Curry King is located at 2830 Fletcher Drive, Los Angeles, Calif. The lunch buffet will be open every day from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is available for $9.95. It features samosas, vegetarian and non-vegetarian curries, salad, dessert and freshly-made tandoori naan by chef Balkar Singh. The full menu will be available for dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Customers can visit the restaurant’s website at www.currykingla.com or call 323-982-7267.