It had been a long time since I had Indian food thanks to my boyfriend getting horrendous food poising from it. When Punjabi Curry Cafe invited me to come and try some of their delicacies I started to do a little happy dance ( be happy you didn’t have to see that).
I’m always wary of places knowing I’m going to review them, you never really know if this is what the service is actually like or if they’re just putting on a show so I kept my eye out to see how other customers were treated. I can happily say we were all treated equally. The waiters/waitresses were happy to welcome you, were very attentive and generally seemed like they enjoyed working there.
To begin the night I was brought out a plate of popadums and dipping sauces, unfortunately, I was starving and hungry me isn’t my best me so like a rabid animal I ate them before I even thought to get a photo.
To drink I got a Mango Lassi, it was thick, creamy and only slightly sweet. The perfect partner for a hot curry (I drank it all before my entrees arrived 🙁 ).
I may have gone a little overboard and ordered three entrees and three mains but who’s counting? The first to arrive was the house special – Chilli Cheese. Thick square chunks of cheese covered in loads of spices stir-fried in a hot wok for a smokey flavour. The cheese was spongey and soaked up all the flavours of the sauce.
When I saw on the menu that there were Chicken Momos I HAD to order some, for research purposes, of course, I had to see how they compared to my Nepalese Momos. The skin was a little dry and chewy, like what happens when you leave them to sit out for a while, once I bit into the middle all was forgiven. I’ have never tasted a dumpling like that, it tasted like a curry all wrapped up into one little bite-sized parcel. I prefered to eat the Momos without the dipping sauce to enjoy the filling more.
You might be asking how they compared to my dumplings? They tasted completely different so hard to say.
The final entree I order was half a Tandoori Chicken. It came out sizzling on the plate (which yes I burnt myself). The aromas coming from the plate were mouthwatering, especially the raw onion cooking – that has to be one of my favourite smells. The chicken was tender and juicy but the tandoori coating was too thick and made the skin and coating a little goopy.
For mains, I order three curries. Beef Vindaloo, Goat Curry and Punjabi Kadi Chicken. I’ll start with the best which was the Beef Vindaloo, the beef just melted away in your mouth and the flavour and spice of the sauce were perfectly balanced. If you go here and are a fan of spicy curries this would be my recommendation.
The Goat Curry was my least favourite dish of the whole night, the menu said it was spicy but it lacked any spice. The positive of this dish was that the goat was cooked well – super tender!
The Punjabi Kadi Chicken Curry had a depth of flavour from being cooked in the wok which added a smokey touch. The addition of capsicum, fresh tomatoes and onions added a different taste and texture compared to other curries.
The Garlic Naan at Punjabi Curry Cafe was different to all the other naans I’ve tried. The naan was thinner and had charcoal spots all over it, this was due to the way it was cooked in the clay oven. The garlic was raw which added a pungent garlic flavour and the naan itself was covered in butter, who doesn’t love butter?
I’d like to thank the team at Punjabi Curry Cafe and the Owner Raj for a wonderful evening. If you’re in the area and craving a hearty meal go to Punjabi Curry Cafe and definitely order the Chicken Momos and Beef Vindaloo!
** sorry for the horrible pictures, the lighting there is not your friend!!**
Check out the video for Punjabi Curry Cafe here -(you’ll get to see that really cool clay oven)