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Hurry you must, to Curry and Crust

If you’re a fan of Indian cuisine and traditional pizza, there’s a new restaurant in Hillsboro that you’ll want to put on your list.

Curry and Crust, a spacious, casual spot that opened across from Intel’s Hawthorne Farms campus in late November, features a slam-dunk homestyle Indian buffet and full menu that includes surprisingly tasty Indian “desi” pizza.

Let’s talk about that pizza first. The dough is pillowy soft and tender, enriched with fragrant spices and then topped with curries you’ll recognize - from earthy-green palak paneer ($17) to creamy, tangy chicken makhani ($20) — and a blanket of mozzarella cheese. by: HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Curry and Crust serves up a tasty Indian 'desi'pizza. You can order a whole pie, or try a slice at the buffet.

Try it, even if the combination sounds peculiar. It’s a riot of flavors, textures and color that you can’t find anywhere else. Just don’t compare it to Italian pizza — it’s meant to be something entirely different.

Fortunately, you can try the desi pizza as part of Curry and Crust’s lunch buffet ($9.99 for adults and half price for kids eight years old and under).

And what a buffet it is. All the standards are there: chicken tikka masala, mixed vegetable pakoras, tandoori chicken and several vegetable curries. The chicken was incredibly moist and vegetables retained their shape and individual flavors, a good indication that the steam table’s contents aren’t neglected.

Dessert lovers will be satisfied with chilled rice kheer (pudding) and gulab jamun, the round, fried dumpling served in sweet syrup. Hot, milky chai tea is also available at the end of the buffet table.

We visited during the lunch buffet and naan was baked to order and delivered, crusty and steaming, to the table. After it, a basket of bhatura — a puffier, fried bread — arrived. Many other Indian buffets attempt to keep naan warm in a compartment of the steam table, only succeeding in drying out the flatbread to a cardboard-like texture. C&C’s naan is a treat.

The servers were attentive and downright friendly, making sure we knew what was available and even creating a special pizza for the buffet to accommodate a special request.

The full menu, available at lunch and dinner, includes an array of appetizers, an intriguing section of Indo-Chinese items ($9-11), chicken, lamb and shrimp dishes cooked in the tandoori oven ($12-16), reams of meat and vegetable curries and about a dozen pizzas.

There’s a happy hour with food specials, and soon the restaurant will have its liquor license.

The space is open, bright and impeccably clean. The mini-strip mall location is a bit out of the way on weekends, but makes perfect sense for the lunchtime crowd from Intel or those willing to drive a bit for a unique meal.




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