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Abhi’s – North Strathfield

August 7, 2015

A chilly winter Friday evening and the team hit the road and adventure out west and outside our city comfort zone to dine at the oft-recommended Abhi’s in North Strathfield. A quick medicinal drinkie at the York Bar behind Wynyard Station and off we go amid much whinging and debate on the best Sydney Rail Timetable App. Abhi’s is a brisk five minute walk from North Strathfield station located on Concord Road sandwiched between a bottle shop and a pharmacy.

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Ambience
First impressions are of a warm and inviting eatery with a tasteful contemporary decor and vibe. It’s a Friday night and the place is already busy and gets loud and bustling as the evening progresses. We are ushered upstairs and find ourselves in the large and well appointed dining area that mainly caters for groups. Maybe not the place for an intimate romantic dinner for two on a weekend. Good mix of clientele covering a wide demographic and cultures, groups and families.

Service
Cheerful and friendly young staff provide an excellent level of service and seem happy to discuss dishes and answer our queries and questions despite the place being chockers. Dishes arrived in good time if not promptly but not really an issue given the place is packed.
 
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Food
Not a samosa in sight! – a clever fusion of traditional Indian favorites with a contemporary twist.  Portions not big so a couple of re-orders required. Started with a selection of Entrees including Palak Patta Chat (lentil-battered spinach leaves coated in three sauces – date and tamarind, chilli, and mint), Bhaji Rolls, Seekh Kebab. The chat was voted the best we have tasted yet. Form mains – Goat Curry (our base line dish), Madras Prawns, Chicken Varutha, Kadhal Paneer (Cheese), Ennal Kathrikal (eggplant). All considered to be tasty and excellent – with the stand outs being the prawn and vegetarian dishes. However the surprise of the night was the lusciously presented and fabulously delicious deserts including Double Ka Meetha (highly recommended Indian Bread Pudding – below), Rose Kulfi and Gulab jamun. Overall the best Ruby we have tasted for a while.

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Wine
$3 byo corkage per person for wine below. Excellent and comprehensive in house wine list.
2013 Lovers Not Toreadors Tempranillo (Spanish)
2012 Sevenhill Inigo Shiraz
2013 Murray Street Black Label Cabernet

Value
A little pricey at $60 per head but considered good value for the standard of fare offered.

Overall Score 8.25/10

A great night out – tasty interesting dishes, busy contemporary vibe and attentive service. And those sumptuous deserts……

www.abhisindian.com.au

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