A staple in the Indian dining scene since 1999, Beyond India is a well established Adelaide favourite. Known for its expansive menu, warm service and consistent serving of delicious Indian cuisine, the multi award winning restaurant offers delicious tandoori and curry dishes available dine-in or takeaway.
In typical Adelaide Food Central style we started our dining experience with a cocktail. From the very appealing list I opted for the Instant Karma and I would have been happy to drink them until my Karma was totally corrected. A delightful mix of Frangelio and grapefruit juice, mixed with fresh lime and raw sugar. Not only was I discovering my new favourite drink but I was sorting out my karma (that’s how it works, right)?
Unable to decide on an entrée from the many offerings we went with the tasting plate featuring four of the classic starters, Varanasi Samosa, Onion Bhajia, Chicken Tikka and Mustard Fish Tikka. All served with a mint and tamarind chutney.
A uniquely presented Onion Bahjia – more like a fritter than the typical curls of battered onion. The onion was balanced with spices and a chickpea center that was reminiscent of a falafel. Combined with the mint chutney it was delicious.
A large pyramid shaped Samosa of short pastry filled with potato, peas and chunks of cashew. In some places my pastry was a little thick and had not cooked through. This did not affect the overall dish which was bursting with flavour from the filling and the addition of chunks of cashew pieces provided a lovely crunch.
Delectable Chicken Tikka was vibrant in colour and flavour. A moist piece of chicken marinated in spices and cooked in a tandoor, it appears simple but the flavours are anything but.
A piece of Fish Tikka marinated in spices including mustard seeds and taramind. Both strong spices but next to this fish they were undetectable. The barramundi possessed a pungent fishy aroma that overpowered all the spices leaving nothing to taste but the fish itself.
I love a good Beef Vindaloo – the hotter the better. This is my go to dish on any Indian menu. The curry had the essential vinegar and tomato flavour that a Vindaloo is all about. Tangy and delicious the curry was not quite as hot as a Vindaloo should be but the menu says to spice it up if desired and we did not take them up on this. Don’t get me wrong – it was still on the higher end of the chilli scale, but chilli lovers should ask for the boost.
Australian’s love their Butter Chicken, while some argue that it is not a proper Indian dish, no Indian menu is complete without it. Tender chicken pieces are swimming in a rich, creamy and decidedly sweet sauce. I adored it and this is a dish that would also please those with a less adventurous palate.
For the lamb dish we selected the Korma and both decided this was the favourite of the day. Melt in your mouth pieces of lamb in a creamy cashew sauce with cardamom, ginger and fennel. The delicate flavours were combined with pieces of cashew nut in a cream sauce that let the tender lamb shine through.
With such delicious and saucy dishes we needed some naan bread to mop it all up. I simply can’t go past a chilli cheese naan. I love how the gooey, melted cheese mixes with the sauce and the extra kick from the chilli. In this case the chilli is thin slices of fresh green chilli. The cheese is thick, generous and gooey inside the fluffy naan. As soon as I saw it on the menu I had to try the Kaffir Lime and Ginger naan. It met my expectations, bright, fresh and bold flavours with gave another dimension to the rich creamy dishes.
It’s easy to see why Beyond India has stood the test of time, expanded to a second location and included a catering food truck into their empire. The curries are balanced, bursting with flavour and contain tender, melt in the mouth meat. The next step for Beyond India is a pre-packed range of rice and curry available at all Foodland supermarkets, making it even easier to get your next curry fix.
Words by Kate Wilkinson
WHERE: 170 O’Connell St, North Adelaide