It’s Indian Jim, but not as you know it! From slickly redesigned street food to twists and turns incorporating Aussie produce, this restaurant impresses with dishes from India’s political hub.
A summery Khasta Raj Kachori ($12) – puffy besan and semolina pastry stuffed with curried potato and chickpeas, and drizzled with mint, tamarind and yoghurt – invigorates and refreshes your palate. It's a cracking vegetarian dish too - bags of flavour, exciting!
Your personal trainer will approve of the healthy yet tasty Salmon Charminar ($16) and...
...the fragrant Tikka Kukkad ($13), a yoghurt and spice marinated spatchcock cooked in the clay oven. Clever, gentle spicing lets the spatchcock flavour sing.
The heady aromas of cardamom and curry leaves leap from a well-balanced Mopala Murgh ($18).
The chef shows great skill in retaining the integrity of the main protein despite an avalanche of big flavours in both the creamy coconut Duck Karuval ($19) and the...
...tomato and Kashmiri chilli rich Goat Aloo ($20).
Coconut with Green Peas and Beans ($8) is an inspired and essential side - and one I am definitely stealing to make at home. I suspect it would be even better if it was just the vibrant, juicy green beans.
A wholemeal Laccha Paratha ($5) tops a Garlic Naan ($4.00) in the bread basket.
Even the generous saffron and cumin infused Basmati rice in the Zafrani Pilaf ($3) had me smiling… though the fresh, house-made (sour lime) Pickle ($2) might be an acquired taste.
Cleverly chosen wines like the Finke El Origen Torrentes ($40) are a credit to the sommelier David Lacey. Popular for good reason!
3-13 Erskineville Rd, Newtown
Ph: (02) 9557 4455