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I didn’t intend to dine at Guru on Saturday night, although I’m infinitely grateful that that’s where we happened to end up. Most Edmontonians know that the Mayfield-170 St crossing has a great selection of restaurants and that they can get extremely busy on a weekend. Being in the area and sans reservations, we thought we’d give it a shot.
And, as expected at 8pm on a Saturday night, it was almost impossible to get a table. Joey’s Mayfield had a 20-minute wait, and the line-up at Red Lobster was almost out of the door (although, after Linda Hoang‘s Twitter comments about Red Lobster, I’m very glad we didn’t end up eating here).
After driving past and deciding on a whim to try Guru, we were told at the entrance that there would be a half-hour wait. The restaurant was so beautiful and smelled so amazingly tempting, though, that we decided to wait, bellies rumbling in anticipation.
It was worth the wait. Guru’s menu is brief and offers the basics, which is usually a good indication of an ethnic restaurant’s quality – master of the few, rather than amateur of the many.
With delicious classics such as Samosas, Chicken Korma, Vindaloo, and Saffron Chicken Tikka, Guru’s menu is sure to sate even the most picky of eaters. The restaurant also offers a number of vegetarian options, from Guru Daal (lentils, spices, and cilantro), to Navratan Korma (mixed vegetables cooked in a creamy cashew nut gravy), to Kofta Curry (potato and cottage cheese dumplings cooked in a tomato and yoghurt gravy).
We kept it simple and ordered the Mango Chicken and Butter Chicken curries, along with a side order of Garlic Naan Bread.
I’ve had a number of Butter Chicken dishes from around the globe (Canada, Europe, Asia), and this was one of the richest and creamiest versions I’ve ever tasted. The curry was flavourful and had a delightfully spicy kick to it that many Westernized Indian restaurants neglect in their attempts to appeal to a Western palate. In my opinion, a curry should be at least moderately spicy, and Indian cuisine has such a number of delicious spices that it’s a shame when they are ignored altogether.
The Mango Chicken was just as rich and tasty, with a sweet rather than a spicy finish. Both curries contained a generous helping of chicken and went extremely well with the Garlic Naan; I usually order rice as well, but these kinds of curries are so rich and filling that less really is more.
We were much too full to attempt dessert, despite how delicious the Rabri Gulab Jamun (reduced milk dumplings lightly browned and soaked in sugar syrup) sounded.
I’d eat here again in a second. The food was fantastic and surprisingly reasonably-priced, with entrees ranging from $15-24 each – fine Indian cuisine at family restaurant prices. If you’re a fan of Indian food, fresh ingredients, and a relaxing, romantic restaurant atmosphere, be sure to try Guru Fine Indian Cuisine in the near future. Your palate will thank you.
Guru Fine Indian Cuisine
17021 100 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5S 2V7
Tuesday – Thursday & Sunday
11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday
11:00 am to 11:00 pm