The Coastal Star

The Plate: A dish that curries much favor

The Plate: Murgh Vindaloo (chicken vindaloo)

The Place: Tanjore, Royal Palm Place, 500 Via De Palmas, Boca Raton; 288-5800 or

The Price: $18

The Skinny: It was a Monday night in Boca and I was starved. I could have dined on fried chicken, but that’s no way to start the week. Pizza was out, too. Other places felt a little too formal. Then I decided to go for Indian. It’s reasonably healthy and the setting almost always is casual.

I was a bit worried when I arrived at Tanjore. After all, it was about 7 p.m. and there were diners at only one table.

It sometimes is quiet on Mondays, my waiter told me.

I needn’t have worried.

The hearty vindaloo lived up to expectations, with the right amount of heat — turmeric, cardamom, cloves, cumin, cayenne and other spices combine to create a curry reminiscent of liquid fire. The chunks of chicken were tender and moist, and an order of onion naan was perfect for sopping up the excess sauce.

As I was leaving, my waiter asked me whether I’d be leaving a review on “the Yelp.” Of course, I’ll try. Better than that, dear readers, is a review for The Coastal Star.

— Scott Simmons

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