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Elephant Corridor

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Sri Lankan Devilled Prawns

(marinated tiger prawns, onion, capsicum, tomato tossed with spicy sauce served on banana leaf)

Reminiscent of a Chinese sweet and sour dish.

★★★☆☆

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Steamed Basmati Rice

★★☆☆☆

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Goan Fish Curry

(fish cooked with coconut milk, spices, mustard seed and lemon juice)

Average curry with inconsistently cooked fish. Some pieces were nicely cooked while others were dry and chewy.

★★☆☆☆

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Complimentary papadums served with mint sauce and tamarind chutney

★★★☆☆

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Garlic Naan

More butter and more garlic would have been nice.

★★☆☆☆

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Green Jack Fruit (Polos) Curry

This was my first experience tasting green jackfruit and I really enjoyed it! It had an interesting chewy texture that is very similar to the texture of pulled pork. No wonder it gets called ‘vegetable meat’.

★★★☆☆

Overall:

Elephant Corridor is a busy place that offers respectable Indian and Sri Lankan food, efficient service and a lively atmosphere.

Elephant Corridor

179 Coleman Parade, Glen Waverley, VIC

(03) 9561 8810

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Muskaan K Indian Gourmet

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 Garlic Naan (flour bread with crushed garlic)

Butter Chicken Curry (chicken in tomato cream sauce)

Aloo Baigan (eggplant, potato, tomato, onion, coriander)

Chilli Cheese Naan (flour bread with cheese, green chilli, coriander)

★★☆☆☆

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 Goat Curry

★★☆☆☆

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Mango Lassi

Sweet, yogurty, refreshing.

★★★☆☆

Overall:

After reading so many fantastic reviews about this place, I left feeling a little bit disappointed. The food was unexceptional and the place was more like a takeaway shop than a dine in restaurant. Nevertheless the service was great as were the prices.

Muskaan K Indian Gourmet

3/273 Huntingdale Rd, Huntingdale, VIC

(03) 9544 9005

http://muskaankindiangourmet.com.au/

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Base Camp Northcote

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Onion Bhaji

Crispy fried onion rings served with sweet tamarind chutney

★★☆☆☆

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Butter Chicken

Tandoori roasted chicken tikka cooked in a rich tomato butter cream sauce

★★★☆☆

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Cheese and Garlic Naan

We couldn’t decide whether to get the cheese naan or the garlic naan, so our waitress suggested that we get both. It was a great choice as this naan was simply soft and delicious!

★★★☆☆

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Baigan Aur Mirchi Ka Salaan

Eggplant and capsicum in a slightly piquant sesame, tomato and coconut sauce

★★★☆☆

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Pilau Rice

Fragrant and delectable

★★★☆☆

Overall:

The food here was certainly impressive and the portions were good, while the service was prompt and the atmosphere casual.  This place is one of the better Indian restaurants that I have been to in a while, and undoubtedly worth a visit.

Base Camp Northcote

102 High St, Northcote, VIC

(03) 9482 1168

http://www.basecamprestaurant.com.au/

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Persian Flavours Takeaway & Eat In

338 Springvale Rd, Forest Hill 9878 3087

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‘Dough’ yogurt drink

A traditional Persian drink comprising of yogurt, water, mint, black pepper and salt.

The predominant taste of this unfamiliar drink was yogurt and salt. In fact when it comes to quenching your thirst, this drink does the complete opposite. Nevertheless it is a good accompaniment for spicy dishes.

= ★★

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Zereshk Polow

Rice with sweet barberries and smoky fried onions

= ★★

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Plain naan, Maast-mose (yogurt with cucumber and garlic flavour), Mixed kebab (combination of chicken kebab, lamb tikka and lamb koobideh)

= ★★

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Garlic naan, Chicken masti (chicken marinated in yogurt, ginger, garlic, spices), Cheese naan

= ★★

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Butter chicken curry (charcoal chicken cooked with onion, garlic, cashew nuts, cream in gravy and butter sauce),

Mixed veggies curry (mixed vegies with cashew nut cream and gravy sauce),

Beef massala (beef cooked with onion, garlic, yogurt, cream, sultana and tomato sauce)

Each curry was light and well seasoned however we found the butter chicken and the mixed veggies curry to be exceedingly sweet.

= ★★

Overall:

I really wanted to like this place but the food simply did not excite me. I couldn’t help but compare the curries we had to the rich Indian curries that I’ve had in the past, and the rice and kebabs we sampled to those that I’ve had at Afghan places. Perhaps Persian/Iranian cuisine isn’t for me. Service was quick and the decor was simple. A nice experience but not a place I see myself returning to.
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Om Vegetarian

Level 1, 28 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne 9663 0062

 

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Overall:

All-you-can-eat for $6.50? Yes please!

I must admit that I was initially uncertain as to what the quality of food would be like (I mean how many places offer all-you-can-eat for this price nowadays?). So the set menu here includes:

  • 2 Vegetarian curries (one lentil based and one vegetable based)
  • Butter Naan (that is freshly cooked in their Tandoor)
  • Basmati rice cooked with peas, saffron and cumin
  • A serve of pickle

The curries were light (ie. thin and watery) but they did however taste nice and healthy. The rice was ordinary and I didn’t touch the pickle (as my friend had tried some and advised me to steer clear). The highlight of the menu was without a doubt the hot freshly baked buttery naan bread (I ate so much of this!). The staff were pleasant and the decor was very simple. This is very much a quick in-and-out sort of place that is great for those who are on a budget and those who are after a simple vegetarian meal that includes sensational butter naan.

 

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Mehfil Indian Restaurant

291 Corrigan Rd, Keysborough 9798 7544

 

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Mango lassi

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Pakoras (Cauliflower and spinach fritters)

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Paneer Pakora (Cottage cheese fritters)

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Beef Madras, Baingan Ka Bharta and Chicken Butter Masala

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Masala Kulcha (Naan stuffed with potatoes, onions, green peas, cheese and coriander)

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Garlic Naan bread

Thoughts:

Mango lassi – very thick with a subtle hint of mango = Not bad

Pakoras –  hot crispy batter that contained lots of spices. I preferred the cauliflower fritters over the spinach ones as the spinach fritters were simply batter = Not bad

Paneer Pakora – crispy on the outside, soft cottage cheese on the inside = Not bad

Beef Madras – spicy beef curry that was cooked with capsicum, coconut milk and a touch of vindaloo = Good

Baingan Ka Bharta – tasty eggplant curry that was cooked with onions, tomatoes and an abundance of peas = Good

Chicken Butter Masala – chicken cooked in a tandoor oven that is simmered in a sweet tomato sauce and is finished with butter, cream and cashew nuts = Good

Masala Kulcha – there was hardly anything stuffed into this naan bread except for a paper thin scraping of potato. However the naan bread itself was yummy = Not bad

Garlic Naan bread – tantalising naan that had been brushed with crushed garlic = Good

Overall:

Although this place may look ordinary from the outside (plain red brick building that looks like a house),  it certainly serves up some tasty North Indian and Tandoori cuisine. Keep in mind that the level of spiciness of the food is mild unless you specify that you want it medium or hot. Although the service is friendly, it can sometimes be a bit slow depending on how busy they are at the time. Note that this place is in the Entertainment Book.

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Afghan Pamir Restaurant

195 Lonsdale St, Dandenong 9792 0197

 

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Mantu

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Meatball kofta

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Salad, dips, naan bread

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Afghani rice

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Borani banjan

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Chicken and lamb skewers

Thoughts:

Mantu – soggy tasteless dumplings that were served drowning in yogurt = Bad

Meatball kofta – spiced lamb meatballs served in a mild tomato and pea sauce = Not bad

Salad, dips, naan bread – simple salad, undistinguished dips, hard (almost stale) bread = Bad

Afghani rice – long grained rice blended with bright strands of carrot, barberries and spices = Not bad

Borani banjan – oily fried eggplant topped with cooked tomatoes and an abundance of yogurt = Not bad

Chicken and lamb skewers – tender pieces of smoky meat = Not bad

 

Overall:

We were completely blown away by the magnificent decor; hand crafted solid wood furniture, marble table tops (albeit covered by a layer of plastic), and stunning pieces of Afghan artwork. It would have been a wonderful dining atmosphere except for the fact that this place was completely empty when we arrived, and would practically remain so for the remainder of the evening. The food at this place is rather pricey in comparison to other Afghan restaurants in the area, and we ended up opting for the $35 banquet which enabled us to try a bit of everything from their menu. Unfortunately the food did not impress me as much as the decor did, and I would most likely not venture here again.

 

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