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Manjits at the Wharf – King St. Darling Harbour

May 6, 2016

Been procrastinating about this one for a while as a few of the team are familiar with the sister establishment at Balmain but given the bunch of wino soaks we are, always put off by the no BYO option. Anyway glad we did because this place is bloody awesome.

Manjits

Ambience
Located amongst the trendy hip establishments of King Street Wharf and offering a splendid view over darling harbour Manjits offers a most excellent setting. Upon entry you are met with a formidable floor to ceiling wine display containing some top shelf plonk, which got the teams attention and some discussion around the need to check limits on credit cards. We are greeted politely and shown to our table. The decor and vibe is high-end classy and the excitement mounts in anticipation for a promising evening. Its early Friday evening and we are one of the first party of customers – but the place soon gets busy with a mix of after work types and tourists alike. The girls-night-out on the next table had us strutting around like contestants on batchelorette. I let slip to the waiter I am an international curry blogger and it just gets better and better……

Service
Friendly, professional and attentive. The waiter answers our many questions and explains recommendations and dishes with confident knowledge.The dishes arrive promptly and with aplomb….

Food.
Modern, innovative Indian Cuisine. Our selections below -all outstanding.
Entrees: Gol Gol Gappa –  Crisp pastry filled with spiced chickpea and potato, served with tamarind and amchur caviar. Amritsari Machhli – Fish fillets marinated with garlic, ginger, red chilli, tamarind and coriander; coated in chickpea batter and shallow fried until crisp. Bharrah Kebab – Lamb cutlets marinated with yogurt, garlic, ginger, lemon juice and red spices.

Mains: Mums Goat Curry – Traditional home style cooked goat curry, with a gravy of browned onions, ginger, garlic, black cardamom and cassia bark. Baingan Takatak – Smoke-roasted baby eggplant mashed with onion, tomato and chilli prepared on the traditional “tawa” hotplate. Kaju Ki Sabzi – A preparation of cashew nuts sautéed with mixed spices, served with caramelized onion. Malai Kofta. Dal Khushbadar. Roti (no butter, no oil) 

Deserts: Deconstructed Shahi Tookra – A modern twist on a royal Mughal bread pudding, with crunchy bread topped with a creamy saffron milk reduction, and dusted with nuts. Rasmalai – milk dumplings, soaked in a saffron & cardamom milk reduction served with ground pistachio.

Standout dishes: Amritsari Machhli, Kaju Ki Sabzi (just delicious) and Shahi Tookra.

Wine.
No BYO but an impressive wine list. These guys look after their wine and we are offered various levels of ‘Airation’ – a nice touch.
2014 S.C. Pannell Tempranillo Touriga
2013 Clos Clare ‘Cemetery Block’ Shiraz

Value.
A touch pricey at around $100 per head including wine but great value and worth every penny.

Overall Score: 9/10 – Great food, great service, great setting. We don’t give a nine easily – but this place deservedly so. The best joint we have visited to date.

http://manjits.com.au/

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