Open for about a year, Naya Restaurant and Bar offers a unique combination of Indian food and cocktails. Located on Waymouth Street amongst other popular eateries, the venue itself is also unique. The space is shaped like a dog leg with many angles and turns, and seated areas along the way. Adelaide Food Central, along with other invited guests, were invited to the VIP media launch. All food and drink were provided free of charge.
When we first walked in, we were handed a Butter Chicken Cocktail. For a place that does Indian food and cocktails, it was no surprise to find a combination of the two. On the end of a skewer was a piece of well marinated chicken tikka. Lightly flavoured, the meat was juicy, succulent with a hint of tartness. This was complemented by the tomato juice and vodka concoction that was in the cocktail.
The Cashew Sesame Chips is a little pedestrian but perfect for a cold Winter night. The chips were crunchy on the outside and fluffy in the centre. The cashew nuts further complemented the crunchy texture, while the sesame seeds added a nice nutty flavour. Simple but effective.
The Mac and Cheese Balls with tomato fenugreek sauce is a western classic with an Indian twist. The balls were fried to a dark golden brown and the centre was rich and cheesy. A bit bland on their own, but when combined with the delicious savoury dipping sauce, it was a match made in heaven.
One of my favourites for the night was the Naan Tacos with chicken tikka and green chutney. The tacos were soft and firm, and you could tell they were fresh off the grill. The chicken tikka was well flavoured and was balanced by the spicy green chutney and crisp lettuce leaves. A bit messy to eat, but absolutely delicious.
The Duck Sticks with sunset chutney were basically spring rolls. The spring roll skin was crunchy and the duck was soft and tender. A little salty on its own but ideal when dipped into the chutney.
Tonight we were treated to various Indian snacks and a selection of Indian inspired cocktails. Set in a cosy and intimate atmosphere, this place still remains one of the unique bars and restaurants in Adelaide. This place is perfect for those who want to get away from it all and try something out of the norm.
Adelaide Food Central would like to thank the staff at Naya for their hospitality and Eventalaide for organising the event.
WHERE: Shop 2, 24 Waymouth St, Adelaide