The Curry Items at Cafe Zaiya are Worth a Try
It’s been a long time since I’ve had one of Cafe Zaiya‘s tasty sandwiches (my favorite is the fried fish sandwich) so I decided to stop by for a late lunch last week. One problem with eating lunch at Zaiya around 2:30pm is that most of the good stuff will be gone so there were no fish sandwiches or spicy chicken sandwiches (my plan b). There were, however, a few curry pork cutlet sandwiches left so I decided to get that (I was mesmerized by the sliced egg on top). While at the counter, waiting to pay, I also grabbed a curry pan. It was a curry sort of day.
The sandwich was good even though it was slightly cold (thanks DOH). The bread was nice and squishy, but the pork was a little bit dry. Thankfully that was solved by a copious amount of delicious curry mayo. For $4.15 this is one of Cafe Zaiya’s biggest and best bargains.
If you don’t know what curry pan is, it’s bread stuffed with veggie and curry sauce and deep fried. Cafe Zaiya’s version ($1.50) was pretty standard. Coated in panko crumbs and deep fried, it had a nice crunchy outer layer with the same sort of squishy bread inside. The amount of filling was just right (carrots and potatoes) but sometimes I wish they made a spicy version. (Can we make that happen!?)
Cafe Zaiya, 18 E. 41st St. (btw. 5th & Madison) 212-779-0600