Depth of flavor, fresh, and diet conscious Indian cuisine in a casual downtown setting

Tumeric –

Salt Lake City – Indian – $$ – Casual
Sifter Critique

Jaymie B. (@saltycityglutenfree) - Pro SifterSep 17, 2019

Overall 4.4 / 5.0

5

Food

4

Service

4.5

Ambience

4.2

Value

Overview

This new Regent Street addition, right across the street from Pretty Bird,  provides some much-needed diversity to the central downtown area. The offerings are classic Indian dishes but with strong flavors, great textures, and a wide variety of options. The restaurant is small but clean. It’s comfortable and makes for a great family night, date spot, or business lunch.

Value:

The portions are generous. Like most Indian restaurants, the curry dishes appear small but, when eaten with rice, are very filling and are large enough to share. Each curry dish ranges from $13 – $16 and there’s a wide variety in flavors. The biryani is very large and left us with leftovers.  The dishes are between $11-$15 (depending on protein choice). As always, naan is a must-order Turmeric offers a wide variety for $2-$4.

Most popular dishes:

 Chicken Tikka Masala, Coconut Kurma, Boneless Chicken Biryani,  and Garlic Naan.

What I ordered:

 We ordered the Butter Chicken, Chicken Coconut Kurma, Boneless Chicken Biryani, Garlic Naan, and Gluten-Free Naan.

Food quality:

Tumeric uses a blend of fresh herbs, spices, fresh meat, and traditional cooking techniques to create premium Indian cuisine:

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken is a classic within Indian food and is made with tandoori chicken and a sauce loaded with onions, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, butter, cashew nuts, golden raisins, and spices. The dish is impressive at Turmeric for several reasons but mainly because its flavor was distinct from everything else we had. The creaminess was smooth and the chicken was moist and tender. For those who are not a fan of spicy, order this dish mild and you’ll be safe. 

Coconut Kurma

One interesting item to note, with many Indian restaurants I’ve been to I, have not been able to distinctly identify each of the items that I ordered without looking at them. Tumeric makes sure that each of their curry dishes have a distinct flavor and that speaks to the fresh and high-quality ingredients that they use. The Coconut Kurma is made with coconut milk, onions, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, cashew nuts, golden raisins, and spices. Although there is a lot of crossover in ingredients from our other curry dish, this was distinctly different and the coconut milk was prominent.

Boneless Chicken Biryani

Biryani is a mixed rice dish traditionally made with saffron and many other Indian spices, and then a choice of protein. This was easily the biggest surprise of the night. We have ordered biryani at several restaurants but this was the largest and most flavorful that we’ve ever had. It was easily shareable and every item from the rice to the veggies, to the chicken, had beautiful strong flavors. For those who fear spice, this is not the dish for you. The dish is served with a traditional side of raita (a cucumber yogurt sauce) to help make the flavor milder, but it still has a strong kick.

Garlic and Gluten-Free Naan

Naan is a must-order at any Indian restaurant. Traditionally made in a clay oven, the recognizable slightly charred flatbread is critical for enjoying the last bits of curry on your plate. We loved the Garlic naan and felt that four large pieces were great for two people to share. For those with gluten intolerance, fear not, because there is naan for you too! The naan isn’t entirely comparable to the gluten naan but is very tasty nonetheless. It doesn’t have the same puffy, pillowy texture but, has great flavor and makes a great addition to the curry dishes.

Dietary Needs:

For those with dietary needs, as always, check with your server to make sure they can accommodate your specific situation. For those with gluten intolerance, there are very few items on the menu that you cannot eat. This is one of the most gluten-free-friendly restaurants in downtown SLC. If you have a severe intolerance or celiac, avoid eating anything fried or the regular naans, but other than that, you’re safe to eat everything else on the menu. For dairy-free customers, there are many options as well including several of the curries (coconut korma), biryanis, and naan is also available to you. The servers are knowledgeable and can help provide you further guidance on the menu. Please be aware that nuts (mainly cashews) are used throughout many of the dishes so be sure to ask your server if you have a nut allergy.

Ambiance:

The restaurant is small but very clean and simple. The overall ambiance is relaxed and makes you feel welcome. The interior is nice enough to make it an easy choice before catching a show at the Eccles theater across the street but also is relaxed enough to be a great choice after a shopping day at City Creek. 

Service:

The service was great and we didn’t have to wait very long (less than 15 minutes) for our food. The servers were proactive and asked if they could do more to help accommodate our groups’ needs (offered high chair, sippy cup for a young child) and they even helped us move the dishes around to other areas of the restaurant to help us get better lighting for pictures.

What I liked most:

My favorite aspect of this restaurant is that each dish has a distinct and unique taste and is made with high-quality ingredients.

What I disliked most:

That there aren’t more people eating there all the time! In all seriousness, this is one of my favorite Indian restaurants in the state and there isn’t anything I don’t like about it.

The verdict:

We will definitely be back again, and again, and again! It’s a great place and we highly recommend it! We also look forward to checking out their sister restaurant in Draper, Utah.

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