It’s Christmas Day and there are very places that are open. Taking advantage of the reduced competition, The Balti House have used social media to promote that they were open for business. With this in mind, it was time to pay them a visit.
For those that are interested, Balti is a type of curry served in a thin, pressed steel-like wok bowl. The ingredients include freshly blended spices, tomatoes, capsicum and onions. At this particular place, customers get the choice of various proteins such as vegetables, beef, chicken, lamb or prawn. Apart from that, the other offerings look like your typical Indian fare.
The Balti House is located in a uniquely shaped building with a domed ceiling. The place is small and can fit around 32 people. All the angles within the room give it multiple frontages which maximises the light coming in from different directions.
The Mushroom Pilau Rice was bright and colourful, and you could see the mushroom pieces evenly distributed. The rice was firm with individual grains, however, it appeared the rice was cooked first and then the spices added to it afterwards. We suspect this was the case because the flavours were not well infused into the rice.
The Chicken Tikka Masala is grilled chicken cooked in a sauce made with a blend of spices, herbs, ghee cream and almond. Anybody that has made a curry before would know that it tastes better after a day or two. The chicken in this dish was slightly overcooked, but it looked like it was fried and then recently added to the curry sauce. The flavours were not yet infused into the meat. I must also be reading the menu wrong because this dish had an excessive amount of coconut, so much so, that was all you could taste.
The Lamb Biryani is a mixture of pilau rice with lamb. I know this dish is a larger serving than the Pilau Rice, but to have it presented in a steel container, I thought, was quite poor. It had the exact same issues as the Pilau Rice above with the addition of over cooked pieces of lamb.
The Vegetable Curry which accompanied the Lamb Biryani was a little on the sweet side.
The Butter Chicken was grilled chicken in a butter sauce with mixed nuts and cream. Quite similarly to the Chicken Tikka Masala, the chicken was fried and then added to the sauce. The sauce wasn’t very thick or creamy, and the whole flavour base was overpowered by a strong nutty flavour.
One staff member was really friendly while the other had a serious look on his face with an almost intimidating stare. The meals arrived promptly, however, the drinks were never refilled and our plates weren’t cleared until we left.
As you enter the place, you’re greeted by the fragrant smell of curry. This means two things; the ventilation is poor and your clothes will smell like your meal when you leave.
The pricing was average with the total cost of all of our dishes coming to $64. The price difference between the dine in and take away menu ranges from 50 cents to a few dollars depending on what you get.
We weren’t sure whether this was British style Indian cuisine or British style Bangladeshi food. The take on the dishes that we ordered were certainly different to what we expected, and unfortunately, none were to our liking. We have to wonder whether we ordered the right dishes, but it’s safe to say I’d never go back to find out.
WHERE: Shop 2, 167 Goodwood Rd, Millswood