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The Colonial, Leichhardt

October 17, 2014

We seem to have a bit of a penchant for the Colonial of late as we find ourselves in Norton Street heading for an establishment touted as a purveyor of ‘British Indian’ Cuisine. And talking of  repressed colonials a quick stop off at PJ Gallaghers Irish Pub for pre-dinner drinkies and a most excellent pint of Kilkenny’s red ale.


Located on busy Norton Street the Colonial looks inviting with promise of Tapas??, cocktails and a dining garden. Inside we find a contemporary, understated but pleasant enough decor as we are ushered upstairs to a table overlooking the balcony. From what I observed the garden was more yard than Indian oasis.  The place was strangely deserted for a Friday night  and we had the upstairs to ourselves for most of the evening – the locals must be all be at home eating mamas lasagna.

Friendly enough, some may say discreet and unobtrusive, others bloody slow – especially considering the place was almost empty.

Started with various mixed platters (vegetarian, non-vegetarian, seafood) not overly generous portions but tasty. For mains we ordered Aloo Gobhi Masala, Malai Kofta, Railway Goat Curry, Lamb Jalfrezi, Jhinga Jalfrezi (prawns) and Daal Makhani all washed down with lashings of Roti. Rasmalai (a milk pudding)and Kulfi for desert. The feeling overall was that the food was tasty but a little bland and lacking a bit of heat / zing. Favorite dishes included Aloo Gobhi, the lamb and Rasmalai .

$2.73 byo corkage per person for wine below. Limited in house wine list.
2009 Casa Santos Lima Quinta Das Setencostas – a fruity Portuguese quaffer
2008 Bloodwood Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards Corrina’s Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon  – Complex and divine
2011 Audrey Wilkinson Shiraz

Standard at around $45 per head for three courses plus all the fixin’s

Overall Score


Not a bad but not an outstanding dining experience. A good drop in if not a dining destination.


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