I guess Balmain is not the first suburb that comes to mind when thinking about Indian, but that’s where our friend Vicky’s chose to celebrate her birthday this year. The restaurant has a large function room upstairs that can accommodate up to 100 guests and features interesting murals and decorations that could maybe be categorised like modern Indian for lack of a better term.
Because it was a special birthday (ending in zero) we were a big group and went the set menu route. The birthday girl chose the Maharajah Banquet ($38.90 per person without dessert, $41.90 with dessert), which apart from the bread was entirely gluten-free.
The accompaniments were served long before the rest of the dishes. These included yoghurt cucumber, fresh mint chutney, sweet mango chutney, tomato, onion & coriander, and papadums. They looked like tartar sauce, guacamole, sweet chilli sauce and pico de gallo to me.
The entree plate included chicken tikka, barrah kabab and tilli prawn, all of them tasty.
At this stage we were getting a bit worried because the servings so far had been quite small. Luckily, the trend changed with the mains. The four dishes, butter chicken, lamb moghulai korma, beef niligri and mixed vegetables, were good, not the best Indian around but enjoyable. Except for the second round of butter chicken that was served on my side of the table and tasted burnt.
Lamb moghulai korma
Copious amounts of saffron basmati rice and plain naan bread were available to mop up the sauces. I can’t comment on the bread but I did have a fair amount of rice. It was good, but not great, which is a bummer because when I eat rice I want it to be freaking awesome. Like the rice here.
Saffron basmati rice
Service was good and they allowed us to do a mix of BYO and on-site bought booze. I heard some people were upset when asked to pay in advance for their drinks.
235 Darling Street
Balmain NSW 2041