Abhi's Indian on Concord Road, North Strathfield is standing tall for more than 25 years now and it is no surprise that they have maintained their popularity and manage to attract new guests being a destination restaurant.
Unlike Bakehouse Quarter at North Strathfield, which is bustling with more activity, the Concord road restaurants maintain a certain quietness and demeanour about themselves. No other restaurant, however, can claim a long association with the location like Abhi's Indian. Located in the vicinity are plenty of pizza joints and Thai restaurants, however, there is a steady influx of people in and out of Abhi's and as you peep through its windows, you'll find the ground floor pretty packed. I strongly believe that the mark of a good restaurant is based on how busy they are through the week and weekends.
Although I have frequented Abhi's in the past, it had been a few years since my last visit and I went back to Abhi's to experience their charm recently. I never doubted their food and service and it didn't disappoint at all. Everything was flavoursome, cooked with authentic flavours and the service was good too. I was seated in their larger space on the top floor which was a tad bit quieter and much more spacious. On the odd day that Abhi's owner Chef Mahadevan is not at their Woolloomooloo outfit, Aki's, you might find him occupying one of the tables on the top level at Abhi's chatting with the patrons casually or busy with some paperwork. The menu has a mix of Indian flavours from north to south, but this time I was specially focussed on 2 items in the menu, the humble masala dosa and the dessert double ka meetha.
The masala dosa comes in 2 sizes, I highly recommend the larger size as you won't regret it. This crisp lentil pancake, golden brown in colour is accompanied by 2 small portions of chutneys, a dal dip or sambhar and filled with potato stuffing. It's great as an entree to share between 2 or 3 people.
If you are after more entree options, I'd recommend the palak patta chat. Chat is Indian street food that is a mix of crunchy, sweet and savoury elements to make a complete dish. It's a sure winner at every table.
Another favourite of mine is Double Ka meetha which is Indian bread pudding. At $13.8 for 3 simple pieces of bread, this might seem dear, however, it is definitely executed well and accompanied with rose water ice cream, it makes a perfect ending to an Indian meal.