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Festival India - 5 Oct 2014

Festival India - Poori

Festival India Indian Restaurant presents diners with a lovely interior decorated in North Indian designs, reflecting the cuisine, north Indian. We were well looked after by the friendly waitstaff and there’s plenty of dishes to choose from, including some which you don’t normally see on the menu of your typical Indian restaurant. However, while service was excellent, the kitchen was very slow to deliver. The butter chicken wasn’t representative of a typical butter chicken, lacking the tomato base and sweetness, but offering a cashew based creamy curry which was delicious. The goat curry contained slightly chewy meat despite coming off the bone easily but was over spiced, negatively affecting the flavour. The fish grilled in banana leaf fell short of it’s potential as the spice mix was too intense. A toned down version would seep into the tender fish and deliver a flavoursome dish. On a bright note, I really loved the huge pooris which puffed up strongly and were soft and crispy. . . . → Read More: Festival India – 5 Oct 2014

Grill & Chill - Indian Degustation - 28 August 2014

Grill and Chill - Course #3 - Mackerel Magic M2

Who thought an Indian degustation could work? A culinary experience that does not stray away from it’s Indian roots but doesn’t carry the intensity normally associated with Indian cuisine. Rather the spices are carefully selected in creating each unique dish, lending flavour, but creating a different profile to anything you’ve previously eaten. At the same time, it doesn’t become too much like fusion. I really liked the food and the concept is different and interesting and hasn’t been done before. So why not? I can only see this being successful. With the dishes they rolled out, I enjoyed every one of them. While I was guest of the restaurant, the tweaks were minor and mainly concerned with the sauces or condiments. The very essence of each creation was left intact. For the time being, you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled as plans are underway to make this a more frequent event. Check their website http://www.grillandchill.com.au/ and their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/mygrillandchill for potential details. . . . → Read More: Grill & Chill – Indian Degustation – 28 August 2014

Metro Indian Restaurant – 17 Aug 2014

Metro Indian Restaurant - Fish Amritsari

The second visit to Metro Indian Restaurant was just as enjoyable as the first. The service was once again friendly and efficient despite it being a busy night. Plenty of people kept arriving at the restaurant and given the quality of food served as well as the generous servings and excellent pricing, you can understand why. For entrees I really enjoyed the fish amritsari once again, the spiced crisp batter encasing succulent fish with mint chutney was delicious. I also loved the hariyali kebab with the delicious tamarind sauce. The tender goat curry was the highlight for me, and I really enjoyed the milder lamb palak in spinach. The tandoor cooked chicken tikka masala has it’s own unique flavour and was enjoyed with a creamy malai kofta. The cheesy cheese naan was different but enjoyable to sop up the curry and I had a small taste of each of the desserts that were tasty. I enjoyed my night out and left felling full but not stuffed, along with the leftovers in takeaway containers. . . . → Read More: Metro Indian Restaurant – 17 Aug 2014

Grill & Chill - 25 May 2014

Grill & Chill - Chilli Honey Cauliflower

The second time visit was just as enjoyable as the first. While we had our mind set on certain dishes from the menu, we were persuaded by the manager, Vikas, to instead take some of his recommendations over dishes we had initially selected. This turned out to be an excellent decision and I’d recommend you do the same. Apparently there must be a secret menu as several dishes we ordered weren’t on the restaurant nor online menu. One such dish, a signature of Grill & Chill (how does a restaurant have a signature dish that isn’t even on the menu?) is the chilli honey cauliflower that is an absolute knockout! It doesn’t taste anything like cauliflower and resembles in look, sweet & sour pork, but has completely different flavours surrounding a crunchy batter encasing the firm but tender cauliflower. The minty fusion presented tender chicken marinated for 2 days in a lovely array of spices and the tandoor oven imparts more flavour. The tandoori fish also has a tandoor imparted flavour but a different spice mix providing more flavours. The naans were delicious once again and were enjoyed in sopping up the delicious curries. The goat curry was delicious, as too the cashew based fish korma. But the other dish not on the menu, the mughlai chicken, was the standout dish from the mains. The almond based curry presented a rich creamy flavour with sweetness and a flavour profile different to curries I’ve eaten previously. The chicken biriyani was pretty good too. Plenty of chicken surrounded by flavoursome rice typical of a biriyani. The second time visit provided consistency in service, friendliness, servings, and flavour. Fantastic! . . . → Read More: Grill & Chill – 25 May 2014

Metro Indian Restaurant - 7 Apr 2014

Metro Indian Restaurant - Metro Chicken 65.jpg

Each Indian restaurant is unique as the cuisine is vast depending on which part of India you go. Metro Indian Restaurant is no different. The flavour profile is completely different to that of the last Indian restaurant I visited, Grill & Chill, but the curries are still tasty. I think what stands out about Metro is the friendly service, the generous serves, and value for money. The fish amritsari contained perfectly cooked barramundi surrounded by a delicious crisp spiced batter. The Metro Chicken 65 also contained a lovely spice mix and was thoroughly enjoyable. The butter chicken didn’t carry the authentic flavour I was expecting but was still tasty. The Malabari prawn curry contained juicy king prawns in a lovely coconut, tomato, and onion based curry which was delicious. The soft silken cubes of paneer in a lovely rich tomatoey sauce also was enjoyable. The highlight for me was the lamb palak which contained chunks of lamb that just fell away in to a slightly thick spinach curry which was delicious. To mop up the delicious curries, the naans and rice were excellent. To finish, the mango and pistachio kulfi ice creams were large in serving, flavoursome, and so delicious. You certainly won’t leave here feeling hungry. A delicious meal and enjoyable dinner. . . . → Read More: Metro Indian Restaurant – 7 Apr 2014

Grill & Chill - 22 Mar 2014

Grill and Chill - Lamb Masala and Chicken Kali Mirch

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. . . . → Read More: Grill & Chill – 22 Mar 2014

Saffron Indian Restaurant - 6 Mar 2014

Saffron Indian Restaurant - Chef's Platter

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. . . . → Read More: Saffron Indian Restaurant – 6 Mar 2014

Chik and Kent - 11 Feb 2014

Chik And Kent - Goan Pork Curry

I’m glad I gave Chik and Kent a second go after the tasteless butter chicken experienced on my prior visit. The Goan pork curry for $20 represents excellent value when you consider it’s served with a salad, papadum, rice, and naan. The Goan curry carried plenty of flavour and authenticity, the unique mix of spice evident with each mouthful. The curry was enjoyed with the lovely loose grains of rice and the soft on top slightly crunchy on the bottom naan. The tangy balsamic dressing of the salad helps to round off what is a delicious meal offering variety and balance. A sample of India on a plate. . . . → Read More: Chik and Kent – 11 Feb 2014

Chik and Kent - 7 Feb 2014

Chik And Kent - Butter Chicken

Chik and Kent is a small cafe specialising in coffee located inside Cinnamon Club City which is the restaurantI serving Indian fusion cuisine. Both are new having opened in late December 2013. I chose the butter chicken for $20 which came with a salad, papadum, rice, and naan. Unfortunately, the butter chicken was tasteless, lacking spice, tomato, sweetness and the typical flavour one expects of butter chicken. It was a real shame as there’s plenty of tender chicken and curry provided, but the curry is just creamy and rich, more on a western style sauce. Maybe that’s what they’re going for. The naan was delicious, a soft bread that pulled apart easily and had a lovely flavour from the ghee. There’s more than a generous serve of food and after polishing off the plate and using the naan to sop up any remaining curry, I was comfortably full. I’d like to come back and try one of their other curries to really see what their food is like. But if you’re after a really good butter chicken, I’d say steer clear based on my dining experience. . . . → Read More: Chik and Kent – 7 Feb 2014

Delhi 6 - 23 Nov 2013

Delhi 6 - Special Delhi 6 Platter

With all the dishes we ordered, we got an excellent variety of the Indian food on offer. The platter was generous with the standouts being fish amritisari and vegetable samosas. The generous serve of tandoori chicken was tasty too, but not a true representation of tandoori chicken. As with the entrees, the mains also contained proteins which were perfectly cooked in delicious sauces. I loved the butter chicken but the chicken lacked the tandoor imparted flavour. The lamb vindaloo had a heat that slowly builds up while the crushed peanut infused curry in the prawn jalfrezi also had a bite but was delicious. The breads were really good and so too the desserts. The goat curry was tasty and so too the biriyani, but not an authentic version. The food at Delhi 6 is solid without being spectacular. It’s worth popping by if you are craving Indian. . . . → Read More: Delhi 6 – 23 Nov 2013