if you’re in the vicinity of Hoppers Crossing, you could do a lot worse than visiting “Daawat A Feast”. Very tasty, and big serves, so be warned – don’t over-order.
It’s tucked away in a little suburban strip of shops, so you’re not expecting Fitzroy hipster, but the decor is really something else – they’re very lucky didn’t have my camera there. Alternating red and green fluorescent strips? Apart from making it look like Christmas all year round – never a good thing, it’s bad enough at the end of December – it made all the food look sickly.
Which it is not – the food was great as long as you didn’t look at it. Really good pappadums – it’s hard to believe how these can be done so badly by so many places, but they are – with excellent mint and tamarind sauces.
Entree was Tandoori Mushrooms – very nicely done, and a good size.
The Mango Lassi drinks were also great – very thick, and great to cut through the spicy flavours on the plate. (And I don’t really like mango, so they’ve done well…)
Massive serves of rice – we had one between us.
For mains, we had the Lamb Ginger & Chilli (Chef’s Special) – Tender pieces of lamb cooked with ginger, capsicum, garlic and special sauces – a dry preparation ($17.90) which was great. Really tender lamb and plenty of it. They also do it with goat, but Cha’s not a fan of goat (despite being married to me) so we had the lamb.
The vegetarian main was the Paneer Chilli (Chef’s Special) Indian cottage cheese steer fried with onions and capsicum (Indo-Chinese style) ($15.90) which was like sweet-and-sour from the olden days of suburban Chinese restaurants, with the red sauce and all. Also really nice.
The Naan was really well cooked, tasty and not oily at all.
TLDR: Really enjoyed it. Not worth driving hours for, but if you’re in the area, just get along. It’s worth it.