Charminar is an Indian restaurant franchise with many stores across Adelaide. The Brighton restaurant is located within a small shopping complex on busy Brighton Road. Like one of the other stores that I’ve been to, the dining area has strategically placed traditional murals and timber furnishings. The use of a mirror on one side gives a sense of space, while the floor to ceiling windows on the western side allows plenty of natural light to flow through.
Today, I started off with the Crab Pakora; a soft shell crab tempura batter mixed with Indian spices which is deep fried and served with a raw mango salad. The use of soft shell crab is rather trendy at the moment, and combining it with an Indian classic is clever. The batter is light and crispy, as is the crunchy soft shell crab. I didn’t get too much of the spices, but it was good nonetheless. The raw mango salad that accompanied the dish was sweet, light and refreshing.
Next was the Vegetable Manchurian; grated vegetable dumplings that is wok tossed with five spice, spring onion and capsicum. Visually, you could see the Asian influences at play as the dish looks like sweet and sour pork. The dumplings themselves were soft and moist, and the taste had sweet and spicy undertones.
For the mains, I had the classic Butter Chicken. The serving size was generous and more than you would get at other Indian restaurants. The chicken thigh fillets were juicy and succulent with lovely smokey flavours. The sauce was thick and creamy, and the flavours were just right.
I’ve been to two Charminar stores and ordered different dishes so it’s hard to compare one with the other. At the Brighton store, the staff were friendly and helpful, the service was fast and efficient, the the food was on point. Entrees were around the $9 mark and mains just under $20. All good value for money for what you get.
WHERE: 450 Brighton Rd, Brighton