There's a new kid on the block (on my block at least), called Blue Ginger Club.
With 4 different Indian restaurants all within a minute's walk from each other (or a 3 second drive if you must) means 2 things: competition is strong and the smell of delicious aromas in that vicinity is even stronger.
I noticed this new (to me anyway) restaurant and went to grab a takeaway menu when a man eagerly gestured me to go inside, even though the restaurant was already closed.
"No worries, I'm the boss, go in!" he shouted at me, while shouting to the staff that there was one more customer for the afternoon.
"Next time!..." I lied.
This was a crap lie, because I came back just 2 days later and actually went inside this time.
|Masala Lassi - $5|
Sad to say, we were definitely not accustomed to the taste as both the strong scent of spices and thickness of the drink made us think it is more suitable as a dip than it is as a drink.
And dip our papadam in it we did.
After all 4 people's efforts to drink, sip and dip our breads into the cup, we only managed to conquer 1/5 of it.
|Steamed Basmati Rice - $4 per person|
We had expected to be charged $16 as there were 4 of us; however, the charge for rice on our bill was $12. Perhaps the staff noticed that 2 people did not eat it, so decided to not charge 1 person. Still, an odd thing to do.
|Lamb Rogan Josh - $21.50|
The bowls are deceptively small, but have quite a lot of substance within them! The boneless lamb cubes were really soft and tender to bite, and the traditional masala curry sauce it was cooked in was beautiful to spoon over plain rice.
With the spice mixture permeating through each mouthful, it was a unanimous agreement that this dish was the night's favourite one.
|Beef Madras - $21.50|
|Butter Chicken - $22.50|
They couldn't go past ordering the Butter Chicken at an Indian restaurant, which arrived with a velvety, buttery sauce in a vibrant shade of deep gold with succulent, marinated chicken pieces. The dish also has a touch of fenugreek - a plant with aromatic seeds used as a spice.
Initially not knowing what fenugreek tastes like and after eating this dish, I still do not know what fenugreek tastes like. I couldn't taste the flavour.
|Butter Naan - $4.50|
Perplexed, we ordered 2 "for now". Each basket was 1 big piece of bread cut into quarters, so essentially there are 4 slices to each serve. The bread was warm from the charcoal clay oven, golden, looked absolutely delicious and the buttery smell was divine.
It did taste disappointingly bland though, and lacked the strong flavour that was expected.
|Garlic Naan - $4.50|
In the same boat was the Garlic Naan, which only had a very subtle garlic flavour despite being encrusted with a small amount of golden garlic specks. The naan breads served as very useful serviettes to wipe clean our plates of curry sauce to eat haha.
|The "Before" shot; always extremely hard to capture! (Due to "Hunger Impatience Syndrome" present in most humans)|
A big spacious dining room and polished furnishings turn it up a notch from casual dining; and the menu has quite the variety, with around a $5 price difference between takeaway and dine in prices.
Had we taken away, we could have devoured a whole other mains dish!
(08) 9445 1979
Open for Lunch & Dinner