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Not Just Curries – Harris Park

January 22, 2016

It’s been a while – and after much debate and at the behest of our culinary guru the team are venturing out of the city to sample the delights of the Wild West to Harris Park. It’s the Australia day weekend and we meet up for cleansing ale at The Lord Nelson before a tortuous journey up the M2 to Parramatta. We eventually make it to Wigram Street (or little India) which accommodates numerous establishments offering a variety of Indian specialities and cuisines. The team have a leisurely walk around and mingle with the wide variety of punters and inhale the cultural sensualities that this destination offers.

group

Ambience
We receive a warm welcome at our chosen restaurant and step inside to find an open, light and airy establishment already buzzing with Friday night custom. It’s loud and busy with a mix of clientele ranging from large family groups to solo diners.

Service
Attentive, friendly and efficient.  The staff appear to be knowledgeable and are happy to make recommendations and discuss our choices. The dishes arrive promptly. The manager notices that we are reviewing the food and we mention that a couple of the main courses lack a little spice and flavour – he accepts the feedback with courtesy and arranges to correct and provide take-a way replacement dishes at no extra charge. Overall excellent service – especially given it’s a flat out busy Friday night.

Food
Indian with a Chinese twist. The team agree that the starters are the best we have ever had. We highly recommend the Gobi Manchurian (Cauliflower) – simply delicious. Other entrées include Dahi Puri (Chaat Balls with a filling of potatoes, chickpeas chutney and yoghurt), Adraki (lamb chops) and Chicken Manchurian – all excellent and flavoursome. For mains we had Goan Fish Curry, Goat Curry (our benchmark), Malai Kofta and Bhindi Do Pyaza (Okra). Lashings of Roti (no butter). As mentioned above the Goat and Fish were lacking a little in the flavour and spiciness we were expecting. The vegetarian dishes were good. We chose Mango Ice-cream and Kulfi for dessert. The standout dishes were the Cauliflower and Kofta.

curry

Wine
BYO with a limited house list. $2 per head corkage.
2010 Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards Corrina’s Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon (a favourite)
2014 A.C. Byrne Co Mclaren Vale Shiraz – from the house list.

Value
Good at $60 per head for three courses and a bottle of wine.

Overall Score 8.0 /10 – Great service, excellent starters, let down a tad by the mains.

A great evening had by all, a fantastic experience more than just the food.

http://www.notjustcurries.com.au/

….and while we were there popped round the corner to sample some Betel Nut Paan – some weird Indian hallucinogenic digestive that turns your teeth red. A bit trippy but surprisingly pleasant…..

paan

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One Comment
  1. Paan : Digestive – yes. Hallucinogenic, without any tobacco? It must have been the effect of your first visit to Wigram Street. I am sure you will return there soon 🙂
    Good luck. Ajit.

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