I visited the 2 Brown Men stall and got a crispy vadai as I’m a sucker for anything deep fried and also a plain prata which is served with fish curry gravy (no fish, just the curry). The vadai was the first to arrive with a little spiced coconut chutney which was a delicious accompaniment. The vadai is nice and crunchy and had a lovely soft center flavoured by the chutney. That disappeared in no time. A lovely tasty snack. Then the plain prata was served which easily tore apart. Crunchy on the top, slightly elastic inside, the soft dough was a delight to eat on it’s own, but even better with a flavoursome curry to dip into. I was in the zone tearing off a piece, dipping, and enjoying. I polished that off, literally, the final pieces reserved to leave the bowl clean of it’s contents. Awesome value for just $3!!! I must point out that the curry doesn’t contain fish, it’s just the curry or gravy, but that’s all you need with a roti prata. I came back for a takeaway order of chicken biriyani. The chicken biriyani had an excellent texture of nice loose rice grains with a lovely spice and delicious tender flavoursome chicken and curried vegetables. Yummy lunch.
I’ve eaten here several times and I really enjoy the different creations on offer. We ate the latest new creation, chicken lollipop, which is a rival to the honey chilli cauliflower. It was slightly crunchy and immersed in a delicious chilli sauce though it’s not hot. I also enjoyed the lamb cutlets with mint chutney for more flavour, and the light mild but slightly creamy Chicken Murgh Makhmali. It was then on to the curries where I enjoyed the Lamb Dhansak immersed in a mild curry with a touch of chilli which balanced against the plain lentils. The Chicken Achari Murgh carried a back of the palette bite despite being creamy. The goan fish curry immersed in a coconut base curry packed lots of spice and flavour. These were enjoyed with the delicious crunchy on the bottom soft on the top naans. Totally stuffed but satisfied, I’ve got my Indian fix and it was excellent.
For me the highlight of the meal was dessert where I loved the cherry and chocolate naan with vanilla ice cream. The creamy pepper chicken carried a completely different flavour to the other dishes I have eaten here previously. In contrast to the rich creamy chicken, the Achari gosht contained a fair pungency and was a very tasty lamb curry. The entrees were also excellent. Another excellent night out enjoying tasty flavoursome Indian cuisine.
I’ve eaten here on several occasions and chose the restaurant as a venue to be enjoyed as a team lunch for those interested in coming along. The lunch specials have been replaced with a delicious buffet for $14.99 which allows you the choice of three curries from the two meat and two vegetarian curries on offer, rice, and naan. The curries I had were the butter chicken, lamb rogan josh, and dhal (lentils) which carried a slight pungency bar the butter chicken. The meal was delicious and I particularly loved the fantastic naan. I really enjoyed the food as I have on many visits here and the lunch time buffet represents an excellent offering to the lunch time crowd. From the CBD it’s only a quick bus ride on one of the red or yellow CATs.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.