I must admit, I’m a fan of lunch time Indian meal deals because you get to try what a restaurant has to offer without paying too much. A friend of mine recently ordered take away from here, which was 2 curries with rice for the bargain price of $8. Her experience was rather positive so I thought it was time to check this place out.
The first thing you notice when you come into this place are the wonderful aromas of curry. It was also brought to my attention that the dine in lunch deals are slightly more expensive than the take-away deals, but that was understandable. A quick perusal of the menu indicated there was small selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian curries as well as snacks and accompaniments. All the mains marked with a star specified they were part of the lunch deals.
The restaurant is neat and well presented. The establishment is considerably spacious with 50 indoor seats and another dozen out on the footpath. The seats weren’t too close together which I see as a positive. There’s a considerable amount of natural light that flows through during the day giving this place a cosy vibe.
For lunch, I had the $12.90 meal deal which included an entree, two curries and rice, and naan bread.
For the entree, I ordered the Vegetable Samosa. The dish came out after a 10 minute wait and was nicely presented. The pastry was a bit soft as though it wasn’t fried long enough. When the waitress was told of this, she indicated that this was the way that customers liked it. The filling, on the other hand, was quite nice. The vegetables were soft and delicate, and there was nice after burning sensation. This balanced by the mint and coriander infused raita and the dyed pickled onion.
Another 15 minutes later, the main meal came out which was nicely presented. Well cooked rice should be firm with nice individual grains, however, the rice on my dish was nothing like that. It was soft and mushy like it had been sitting in the rice cooker for quite some time.
The meat in the Lamb Korma was tender, succulent and well cooked. When the morsels of lamb were broken apart, it revealed nice pinkish centres. The curry flavours were well infused into the meat and the taste was spot on. I did think the sauce was a little on the watery side but that’s just me splitting hairs.
The Butter Chicken uses tandoori chicken thigh pieces cooked in a curry sauce. The meat was soft and juicy, however, the chicken wasn’t very well prepared. I found a piece of sinew in a morsel of chicken, and the curry flavours weren’t infused into the meat, indicating the chicken was just added. The flavour of the sauce was right and I could taste the subtle smokey flavours from the tandoori chicken. Again, I thought the curry sauce could have been a bit thicker.
The Garlic Naan was freshly made with a generous amount of garlic added. It was a bit smaller than what I would get at other places, but it was still good none the less.
I thought this place was understaffed during the time I was there. There was just one person manning the restaurant and take away counter, while another person was cooking away in the kitchen. Having said that, the waitress did do her best and was very apologetic about the slow service. Drinks did arrive straight away and plates were cleared as each course was finished.
The atmosphere was relaxed but only because I was the only person dining in at the time. The pricing is very reasonable with lunch costing $12.90. It was far from the best Indian meal I’ve had, but it wasn’t too bad either.
WHERE: 127 Henley Beach Rd, Mile End