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Review - Abhi's Indian Restaurant

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

From the first crisp bite of Pappadum ($2.80) with a Side Dish Platter ($6.80/3) of raita (yoghurt, grated cucumber, mustard seeds and dried chillis), kachumber (tomato and onion) and superb mango chutney, I knew I was in for a treat.

Any restaurant that’s survived – nay thrived – for twenty years is obviously pleasing the patrons. This is the more traditional precursor to Woolloomooloo’s picturesque Aki’s, and it’s packed on a Monday! While the next table admits it’s because they “saw this place on MasterChef”, most of the others seem to be regulars.



The well-presented Alu Tikki ($10.80) with lightly spiced potato patties on a bed of dry, flavoursome chickpea masala is a testament to the popularity, satisfying every corner of my mouth. 



Vegetarian dishes are jammed with flavour -  Ennai Kathrikai ($17.80) with whole baby eggplants in a compelling, creamy sauce of cashews, sesame, peanuts and coconut...



...requires a flaky Parantha Lacchadar ($3.50) to mop up every skerrick.



The more robust Patiala Goat Curry ($19.80) is a perfect match to the 2006 Cloudy Bay Gewurtztraminer ($68/bottle) from a wine list loaded with curry-friendly gems, like those from my favourite Waipara vineyard, Pegasus Bay!



I end with a tangy South Indian Beef Ambotik ($19.80) (intensely vinegary so it eats best loaded up with sides) because I’m too full for dessert – next time!

Abhi’s Indian Restaurant
163 Concord Road, North Strathfield
Ph: (02) 9743 3061

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missdissent
Jul. 6th, 2010 08:12 am (UTC)
Ah, so that's where you are. Beautiful area, I loved the Californian bungalows in the surrounding streets.

You might save me some errors... have you been to Gorkha Palace, the massive Chinese (whose name I forget) with the tanks, or an Indian in Concord called Hotel Saravana Bhavan?
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missdissent
Jul. 6th, 2010 10:15 am (UTC)
Thank you. I have been getting physio in Concord, so been eyeballing all the restaurants. Was surprised by the sheer size of the Chinese one.

Hotel Saravana Bhavan

(02) 9747 8779

15 The Strand, Concord.

Recommended very highly by the spice seller at Grahame's Place - does sri lankan food too. Not new, old, saw it reviewed by John back in 2003.
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missdissent
Jul. 7th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
And Croydon is not near you? Let me know if end up giving it a whirl, I am dead keen to try this one.
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