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Lifestyle : Taste of India 2011
1HERSA1 0017 Signature Dishes: Butter Chicken & Barrah Kebab (Lamb Cutlets) Free home delivery - minimum $29.90* Eat-In and Takeaway (5pm - 10pm) 139 Avoca St, Randwick 2031 Ph: 9398 5237 www.malabarcuisine.com.au Malabar @ Darlinghurst Ph 02 9332 1755 274 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst Lunch:Wed -Sun12 -2.30pm Dinner: Mon - Sun 5.30 pm till late In Two Locations: Malabar @ Crows Nest Ph 02 9906 7343 334 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest Lunch: Sun - Friday 12 - 2 .30 pm Dinner: Mon - Sun 5.30 pm till late Tastefully South Indian As featured in the Good Food Guide 2012 Renowned for its subtle spicing and authentic flavours, Malabar is faithful to its South Indian origins, but in a style keeping with deeply seductive surrounds, marrying classic tradition with daring modernity. Malabar brings alive the magic of traditional South Indian cuisine in an exotic contemporary setting, offering crisp Dosai’s, exquisite vegetable curries and fiery top quality meat dishes among many other delicacies, matched by uncoupled hospitality. Centrally located, Malabar is easily accessible by public transportation and within walking distance from the all the area’s major tourist destinations. Please allow us the pleasure welcoming you to Malabar, for a trip down India’s most famous Spice Trail! Specially blended to match the spicy tastes of Indian and Asian cuisine new 2010 VINTAGE AG4579895AA-251011 Hot in here . . . (from far left) sweets at Billu’s; popular Bijolias dish, khatte baingan; the restaurant’s owners, Ajay and Neeta Mathur; diners at Billu’s. Photos: Edwina Pickles, Domino Postiglione A regular customer once confessed to Neale they’d brought home takeaway Indian from another restaurant. ‘‘Their kids tried it and said ‘This isn’t from Flavour of India!’ and refused to eat it,’’ she says. At AJ’s Indian Restaurant at Eastwood, owner Sanjay Sood has had an enthusiastic response to the degustation dinners he runs four times a year. ‘‘Customers come not knowing what will be on the menu, but they trust me to serve them dishes they will enjoy,’’ he says. Personal service is a focus at AJ’s and has made quite the hero of Sood. Ajay and Neeta Mathur at Bijolias, Seaforth, have the same attitude towards customer service. ‘‘Customers should feel like royalty,’’ Ajay says. The restaurant is named after Bijolia, a town in the Indian state of Rajasthan where Ajay’s family originated. All the usual favourites are on the menu but Ajay names the more unusual khatte baingan as their most popular dish. The dish features eggplant cooked in tamarind, tomato and onion, with sesame seeds, desiccated coconut and fresh coriander. It is part of a menu focused on lighter dishes and fresher flavours not often thought of as typical of Indian food. ‘‘At the end of the meal, you should feel great, not as if you couldn’t eat another Indian meal for a month,’’ Ajay says. ‘‘We want customers to leave thinking, ‘Yes, I will be back again tomorrow’, and that will only happen if the food is fresh, healthy and delicious.’’ Like Billu’s in Harris Park, Maharaja’s Haveli at Quakers Hill offers an extensive range of Indian sweets but the 60-odd sugary concoctions are just the start. ‘‘It’s more than just a restaurant,’’ owner Satinder Benepal says, describing the epic food options, the team of 13 chefs, the different dining styles – formal, fast-food section, sweets display and party rooms – and a museum-like set-up of statues and dioramas. Its tagline is ‘‘the Indian village experience’’ and it took 18 months to build. It’s still growing. The secret to success here is ‘‘more is more’’, in every department. The Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday, October 25, 2011 17 good living DINE IN AJ’s 58A Balaclava Road, Eastwood, 9874 9090. Bijolias Shop 5/540 Sydney Road, Seaforth, 9949 3641. Billu’s 62-64 Wigram Street, Harris Park, 9687 7785. Flavour of India 128 New South Head Road, Edgecliff, 9326 2659. Maharaja’s Haveli 14 Douglas Road, Quakers Hill, 9626 1913. Surjit’s 215 Parramatta Road, Annandale, 9564 6600.
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