Monthly Archives: March 2014


Grill and Chill - Lamb Masala and Chicken Kali Mirch

Grill & Chill – 22 Mar 2014

Another visit to an Indian restaurant and the flavours presented in the food we ordered was superb, and on reflection, the best I’ve eaten thus far. I’d say if you can’t tolerate the heat, stick with mild as the medium was quite pungent and interfered with my enjoyment of the deliciously crafted curries presented. The non-vegetarian platter delivered delicious tandoor imparted flavours to the moist tandoori chicken, lamb Seekh kebab, and milder herby resmi chicken. The lamb masala was a touch too salty but the flavours were delicious, as were the chef’s special chicken kali mirch in a thick but moist creamy curry. The highlight for me was the prawn Madras curry which was superb. I also loved the garlic and butter naans which were soft on top and crunchy on the bottom. The kulfi desserts were good but could be improved. Overall, I was impressed with the flavours presented and thoroughly enjoyed my dinner. I’d strongly suggest you make a booking as you’d be lucky to get a free table as a walk in, although, you could go with the take away option too.


The Trustee - Bone Marrow, Shredded Brisket, Kumera Puree, Parsley Salad

The Trustee – 21 Mar 2014

The Trustee offers some deliciously crafted food in a refined but relaxed atmosphere. Their dishes are hearty and generous and offer a level of uniqueness and creativity. My entree of bone marrow is something I have not ordered on a menu but was pleasantly surprised with dish served to me. It presents well, offers various elements that compliment each other, and delivered on flavour. The brisket was moist, succulent, and so delicious. It partnered effectively with the slightly rich, but not sweet smooth kumera puree and the slightly sharp flavour of the parsley salad contrasted to the meaty flavours on offer. The soft slices of bread to mop up the juices and the lovely marrow made the dish a great start to the lunch. Following the near main sized entree was a generous plate of braised venison surrounded by ribbons of parpadelle pasta. The venison was soft, tender, and full of flavour. It’s juices had seeped into the dish to moisten and add flavour to the peas and the bitter rocket. The saltiness of the pecorina was a perfect addition to the dish but more would have strengthened the overall flavour of the dish. A very earthy dish that became a little intense towards the end of the meal and required another element, maybe acidic, to balance the strong flavours. Despite this, it was a delicious meal that contained bold flavours and delivered on taste.


Public House Kitchen Bar - Coffee & Honey Lamb Ribs

Public House Kitchen & Bar – 7 Mar 2014

For $36 I was able to have a toned down 3 course meal. It wasn’t expansive nor too filling but a lunch that wasn’t heavy nor too light. Reflecting on all the dishes, the meals served up are generally quite inventive. They’re not the stock standard dishes you see on a lot of menus (mind you this is Latin American) but it’s something new, different, and the chefs aren’t afraid to push the envelope. The empanada is quite simple but the beef and olive filling is quite something. There are more expansive entrees on the menu, but a single empanada was perfect for me. The coffee and honey lamb ribs are unusual, yet the chef’s complete and careful control of both elements enable the dish to work in harmony, the coffee providing a strong distinctive flavour yet it’s intensity is dulled. Any bitterness is counteracted with the flavour of honey and yet it isn’t too sweet, quite on the mild side. The ability to brush your ribs with more of this interesting marinade is unique and the tender juicy lamb with the odd bits of salty explosion turn this into a wow dish without trying to be pretentious. A rather humble dish that tastes nothing like what it seems. The dessert also continued in a similar vein with the banana and coconut sorbet tasting just like a banana, while the soft rice pudding was nothing much to write home about. However, the dash of cinnamon, a little sorbet, and a pour of the bottle which oozes delicious flavours in the creamy vanilla and coconut potion, and you are taken to a new level of yum! The tropical themed elements combine to give a fantastic finish to the meal. I was pretty stuffed after the filling dessert, those yummy ribs and the empanada. A really delicious meal in comfortable surrounds and excellent service.


Saffron Indian Restaurant - Chef's Platter

Saffron Indian Restaurant – 6 Mar 2014

It’s been about a year since I last visited and the food was really enjoyable. The chef’s platter may be for 2 but it packs a punch with a generous serving of various items which are delicious and filling. The onion bhaja’s were the standout for me. As for the curries, I loved the flavours of the lamb malabari but the dish that stole the show was the chicken masala. This was amazing, containing plenty of moist tandoori flavoured chicken in a rich creamy tomato sauce. Some similarities to a butter chicken but the dish is unique and so enjoyable. The prawn jhal frezi has a completely different flavour profile, containing a thicker creamy sauce with good prawns and the palak paneer contained some lovely soft paneer but was overpowered by the intense English spinach. The rice and delicious garlic naans were lovely accompaniments to enjoy with your mains. I was comfortably full but not stuffed (important to know when to stop eating!) and really satisfied with some delicious Indian cuisine.