Almost a decade of dishes have passed since I first reviewed CFC for the Trib. In the intervening years, aeons in restaurant time, little has materially changed at this State Street staple. The menu reads much the same now as it did back in 2012. There’s still fabulous fried chicken imbued with Indian seasonings, there’s still Vimto, bursting with berry flavor in the cooler for washing it down with.
What has changed though, is my standby order. In recent years, a friend turned me onto this particular entree – the tandoori chicken plate.
Unlike the more primal and traditional tandoori chicken or neatly cut tikka pieces, the meat here is pounded thin chicken breast, set visually alight by vibrant seasonings. It’s the centerpiece of a substantial plate that some would argue feeds two. I would argue one.
Alongside the juicy chicken you’ll find a mountain of veggie curry hewn with potatoes and peas, alongside another heaping of basmati rice. A small flutter of green lettuce is topped with a raita like sauce as well as some sambal oelek (the only real heat at play here). A few pieces of coldly stark pita on the side are the only real ho-hum moment. This is comfort food of the highest order.
The prices have certainly increased since my first visits to Curry Fried Chicken, but they’re still a sound value for my money. I paid $14.99 for the above plate, delivered by DoorDash.
660 S State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC and The Utah Review; I’m also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune. I’ve worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake. I’m a multiple-award winning journalist and have covered the Utah dining scene for more than a decade. I’m largely fueled by a critical obsession with rice, alliteration and the use of too many big words I don’t understand. What they’re saying about me: “Not inaccurate”, “I thought he was older”, “I don’t share his feelings”.
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