So many writers used to document experience by way of the five senses, an idea I have learnt recently to obsolete. We experience sensations in numbers greater than five but for the purposes of this review I will bracket my documentation, like they did, with only the common denominators:
SIGHT - The Curry Leaf adventure begins at the discovery of a tiny entrance sat on by a presence of generic Scarborough buildings. Shops, flats, storage. At the foot is The Curry Leaf exterior: yellow and green lit up by tungsten light. Inside however is a universe of colour, magic and visual charm. Enhanced by wonderful waiters, delightful cooks and my vivacious friend on the otherside of the table.
SOUND - Joy and relax are the words that enter my head upon listening to the soundtrack of The Curry Leaf. Tabla drones and sitar moans occupy the music, and alongside the friendly voices of everyone there, equates to a pleasing sonic experience. The hum of the busy restaurant does put down this experiences but rather enlightens with lively atmosphere.
TOUCH - the chapati, popadoms, and special bread (whose name escapes me) makes you want to eat with yours hands forever; soothing and soft are these, with cutlery and tables equally so. Eating with these luscious breads is a massage for the tongue and mouth.
SMELL -"'Smells delicious, 'nuff' said," is what I said upon taking my first whiff of The Curry Leaf aroma. This smell enters your body from opening the door and stays for the duration of your visit. It's memorable and unique. I feel, no doubt, that there is a process of superiority when people compare restaurants to this: we shall say "Smells like The Curry Leaf" and nothing else.
TASTE - ...
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