It’s hard to find a good Indian Restaurant – especially when your partner is originally from the UK and all you hear from his friends is how Australia doesn’t do Indian as good as the UK does – so we didn’t have especially high hopes to be honest.
We had ordered take-away from Zyka a little while ago and although the food was nice, it was a little too spicy so the flavour was kind of lost. We had hoped it would be different when dining in so took a couple of our friends (one of them is half Indian) along with us for the experience.
We were greeted at the door by a small child and the waiter. A little unsure, we advised of our booking and they seated us to a table towards the front. It wasn’t overly packed inside but there were enough people to constitute a nice atmosphere.
We debated for about 10 minutes over whether to get the banquet or just order a few dishes and share and eventually ended on the banquet.
Our entrée was a mixed platter of Lamb Chops, Chicken Tikka, Seekh Kebab, Tandoori Prawns and Tandoori Fish. This was served with the Cucumber Raiti and after I asked, they brought out some Papadums as well.
I have to say I was really impressed and everything was packed with flavour but not too spicy. The only spicy bit on the entrée platter was the lamb chop but it was cooled down perfectly by the Raiti.
With the banquet you get to choose four main dishes to share so we went with the Prawn Malabah, Butter Chicken, Bombay Beef and Lamb Roganjosh. These came with plain and garlic Naan.
Again, we were all really impressed with the quality of the food and although we were a little disappointed at the size of the dishes (especially when it was meant to serve four people), they were actually perfect and we even had leftovers!
Dessert was also a choice so we went with one of everything – Kheer, Gulab Jaman and Mango Kulfi – and an extra Gulab Jaman as our Indian expert said it was the bets out of all of them.
The Mango Kulfi was quite nice and just reminded me of a Weiss Bar with a few pistachios on it. The Kheer was probably my favourite out of the lot as I am a bit of a fan of rice pudding. I have to say that the Gulab Jaman was my least favourite and had a weird consistency. We were told by our friend that they didn’t make it correctly and it shouldn’t be served warm. As we don’t have anything to reference it, I will have to wait until we go to another Indian restaurant to compare.
We will definitely be gong back to Zyka as the food was fab! The service could have been a little better as every time we wanted something we had to ask but in saying that, the food came out very promptly. Even Stud was impressed