Monday, 21 May 2012

Review - India Delights

18th February 2012
(Addition: 21st April 2012)

India Delights
59 Mahoneys Road,
Forest Hill

Cuisine: Indian, Malaysian, Asian


Taste Rating: 7.5/10   Value Rating: 8/10

India Delights on Urbanspoon

We went for a late lunch on a Saturday, arriving at 2.40 pm. There were a few tables of diners even though it was way past lunch time. This place had opened just three months ago. The owner and the chef were previously from Rich Maha in Vermont.

If driving from Canterbury Road into Mahoneys Road, keep driving past the restaurant and there is a quiet car park on the left. There is the larger Forest Hill Shopping Centre car park opposite the restaurant, however, it may be harder to find a parking spot during busy Saturday lunch times.

We ordered  Chicken Biryani which was one of the weekend specials and Keow Teow Goreng. We also ordered a couple of takeaways - Mee Goreng and Thai Mee Siam.

Chicken Biryani is typically an Indian subcontinent dish but it is also popular in Malaysia and Singapore where it is called Nasi Biryani or Nasi Beriani;  'nasi' being the Malay word for rice. Keow Teow Goreng is another Malaysian and Singaporean dish, usually known as Char Koay Teow or Char Kway Teow; 'char' means fried and 'koay teow/kway teow' refers to the flat rice noodles used in this dish. Mee Goreng is a popular dish in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore; 'mee' means noodles and 'goreng' means fried. Mee Siam is a Thai dish (Siam being the old name for Thailand).

The Chicken Biryani was served in a metal thali (Indian serving dish divided into compartments). There were portions of rice, chicken curry, achar (pickles), yoghurt and a hard boiled egg in the middle of the dish. I liked the rice which had a wonderful spicy flavour. The chicken was juicy and the curry gravy tasty. I liked the addition of a hard boiled egg, which goes well with the curry gravy. The serve was generous and good value for $9.00.

The Keow Teow Goreng was a small serve, when compared to Malaysian restaurants in general. It did taste nice, with the bean sprouts having a crunch to them. Green vegetables were a nice touch and though not normally an ingredient in this dish, the additional ingredient was to my liking.

The two takeaways were eaten at home later. Travelling home in takeaway containers, they were slightly soggy from the steam but the taste was still fine. The Mee Goreng was yellow noodles with prawns, tomato pieces and an Asian lime which I really liked, instead of a regular lemon wedge. Is this Asian lime called kekla lime or calamansi lime? The Thai Mee Siam was rice noodles with fish cake slices, chicken, carrot strips and also an Asian lime - nice touch.

Overall, this is a very nice, affordable place for Indian food especially the curries. The Malaysian food was not too bad either. I would definitely go back again either to eat in and for takeaways.

Footnote
21st April 2012
Bought a couple of  takeaways. 
Ikan Kembung (Indian Mackerel) which was marinated in a curry coating (and possibly baked but will check that next time). The fish was slightly dry. It also tasted fishy but this is typical of this type of fish, I believe. Watch out for the tiny fish bones!  The other dish was Malaysian Chicken Curry. This was a nice dish. The curry gravy was tasty - creamy and not too chilli hot, although I wouldn't have minded if it had been hotter. The chicken was tender and flavoursome, and boneless. In general, cut chicken pieces are used in curry chicken. The bones give extra flavour to the gravy. But boneless chicken is less messy to eat!

Front of the Restaurant
(Photo taken May 2012)

Menu Board
There is also a more comprehensive paper menu. 

Steamy Bain-marie
With a mysterious look.

 Cool, Dark Interior
Nice on a hot summer day
 Chicken Briyani
With Boiled Egg, Achar (pickles) and Yoghurt

 Keow Teow Goreng

Mee Goreng
with Asian lime
(Takeaway)
 Thai Mee Siam
with Asian Lime
(Takeaway)

 Ikan Kembung (Indian Mackerel)
(Takeaway)

 Flaked flesh of Ikan Kembung
(Takeaway)

Malaysian Chicken Curry
with boneless chicken
(Takeaway)

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