Joy of India first started in a Chinatown food court back in 2012 and subsequently opened another outlet at City Cross Arcade. Their latest venture is a fully licensed restaurant at the Brickworks Marketplace which has a total seating capacity of 100. The Owner and Executive Chef, Sam Semwal, has been in the food business for over 14 years and takes advantage of traditional recipes, authentic Indian spices and fresh locally sourced produce. There is a decent selection of entrees, curries and naan breads on offer, with options available for vegetarians, and the lactose and gluten intolerant.
For entree, we had the Mixed Non-Veg Platter which consisted of chicken tikka, lamb kebab, fish tikka and prawns served on a bed of salad, mint sauce and lemon. The dish comes sizzling on a hot plate and the beautiful spicy aromas will have you mesmorised. My favourite was the chicken tikka; it was well spiced, juicy and succulent with lovely smokey flavours.
To go with the mains, we ordered a serve of Kashmiri Pulao which is a saffron coloured basmati rice with peas, dry fruit and fried onion. The rice was light and fluffy with nice individual grains. The dry fruit came in the form of sultanas which added a burst of sweetness with each bite.
We also ordered a serve of Cheese Naan. The bread came to our table freshly baked and piping hot. The soft, gooey cheese filling was decadent and delightful. Perfect on its own or to complement a curry.
The first of the mains was the Lamb Korma. The meat was lean, tender and succulent, and the delicious curry flavours were well infused. The sauce was thick and creamy, and the flavours were just right.
The Butter Chicken used tender, succulent thigh fillets that are roasted in the tandoor. With lovely smokey flavours, the chicken is then finished in a mild creamy tomato and onion curry sauce. This was one of the top Butter Chicken’s I’ve had in Adelaide.
For this cold Winter weather, nothing beats a spicy Beef Vindaloo. The dish is served in small pot and thin layer of oil on the surface is clearly visible. The beef was soft and delicate, and the meat simply fell apart, while the sauce had a lovely thick consistency. Having had Beef Vindaloo less than a week ago, I found this version to be less salty with a nice burning aftertaste.
One of the points of difference at Joy of India is that all dishes are made to order. While this means the food may take a little longer to arrive, the dishes will surely impress. Sam is a friendly and down to earth character, and is absolutely passionate about what he does. He certainly knows his way around the kitchen and that was proved by all the exceptional dishes that came out today. The average entree is about $8 while the average main is around $16; certainly good value when you look at quality and portion size. With modern surrounds and attentive service, Joy of India is hidden gem (hidden around the corner from Zambrero) at the Brickworks Marketplace.
WHERE: T11, Brickworks Marketplace, 38 South Rd, Thebarton