The Curry Leaf hits the spot

Wow. Best Indian I’ve had in Melbourne.

It’s an unassuming little place on Brighton Rd, holds probably 40 people? It looks like a takeaway shop from the street, but the dining room opens off to the right of the shopfront.

We went there on a voucher (it’s how we discover places, and it’s a great method) and this didn’t affect the service at all (always a good sign, but not always the case). Booking was easy, and the service was fantastic. Parking was pretty difficult to find, but we really like the ambience of the place. Bollywood video clips playing on the wall-mounted plasma was a nice touch.

The waiter was great in terms of information, and they were great with a table of eight who were clueless about Indian and had no idea what to order.

The pappadums were very nice (if SLIGHTLY oily), and the dips very good.

Entrée was vegetarian Samosas (large) and Chicken Tikka, both very tasty, and the salad that came with them was also distinctive in flavour.

For the mains, I had Lamb Vindaloo (an incipient cold was the excuse for something HOT to clear the head) and Cha had the Mango chicken. I told the waiter that I wanted something that cranked it up a little, and he suggested I have it at about eight in terms of heat. Well, it was a great suggestion, and eight was right at my limit – lips were tingling, drinking a heap of the supplied water, etc. The yoghurt that came with it was both plentiful (a GOOD thing right at that point) and nice. Excellent rice as well. Cha’s Mango Chicken was really nice, mostly because I couldn’t taste the mango (which I hate) but the coconut flavour was subtle but effective.

The dessert – I had Carrot Halwa with Ice Cream (warm carrot pudding) which was really interesting, and Cha had the Almond Custard (served warm with butterscotch sauce & warm vanilla ice cream) which was likewise brilliant.

Overall, a cracking evening. Definitely recommended and we’ll be back there for sure.

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