Bay of Bengal has been around for a very long time, and I vaguely remember eating here once or twice 15 years ago. I can’t quite recall what I had, but I do remember it was the best Indian food I had experienced at the time. Fast forward to the present day, and there are just over a dozen curries to choose from, many of which are found on a typical Indian menu.
This quaint little restaurant has a very cosy vibe about it. The curved archways, the strategically placed ornaments, the Indian themed pictures and the bright orange colours, add to the traditionality of the place. Set on a prime corner position, there is plenty of natural light flowing in from it’s dual frontage.
For lunch, I ordered their lunchtime curry plate which comes with a curry of your choice, Bhatura, Alu Mattar Sukhe, Khira Raita and boiled rice.
The dish came out after a 20 minute wait, which was a bit longer than expected. I’m guessing extra time was required to put all the elements together. It was, however, very nicely presented.
I ordered the Butter Chicken to come with my curry plate. There were about 7 bite size pieces of tandoori chicken thigh fillets swimming in a rich creamy tomato base. The chicken was tender and succulent, and full of smokey flavours. The sauce had a nice thick consistency and was perfectly spiced. I honestly can’t remember the last time I had Butter Chicken this good.
The Alu Mattar Sukhe are cubed potatoes and green peas combined with fresh coriander and green masala. The potatoes and peas were soft and delicate and lightly spiced.
The Bhatura is a naan style fluffy bread that was freshly made and full of hot air. It was a perfect accompaniment to the sauce of the Butter Chicken.
The Khira Raita is a yoghurt and cucumber dip used to neutralise the spiciness of the curry. It was light and refreshing, and delicious, even on it’s own.
The staff were friendly and the service was very good. Drinks arrived on time and were constantly refilled. Plates were also cleared not long after finishing. The atmosphere was relaxed, although, there weren’t too many customers in the restaurant at the time.
The cost of the curry plate was $15.90, which is on par with other Indian restaurants, however, given the quality of the components on the dish, I’d say it was good value for money. Customers should note there is a price difference between dine in and take away, with the take away prices being considerably cheaper.
Verdict: This place was just as good as I remembered it all those years ago.
WHERE: 73 Partridge St, Glenelg South