A Sydney based writer, director, actor. Loves going out and exploring what Sydney has to offer.
Published May 15th 2012
On Thursday night, my boyfriend and I treated ourselves to a dinner at Aki's Indian. We are not big spenders but being the fan of chef Kumar Mahadevan's food that I am, I was thrilled to snag a voucher through Ouffer.
Situated on Cowper Wharf Rd, the location explains the restaurant's pricey menu, but does make for a beautiful view along the water. Our voucher included individual entrée platters, three shared mains and individual desserts.
The entrée platter comprised three dishes; Gola kofta (lamba kofta), Baingan jaipuri (fried eggplant) and Murgh malai tikka (marinated chicken fillets). The meat was succulent and the eggplant crispy; the strong flavours offset by the accompanying green chilli sauce. The only downside was the small size of the portions.
The mains were a good size and came with steamed rice and naan bread. The Railway goat curry was my favourite; the meat fell straight off the fork. The Goan seafood masala, a curry with fish, scallops and tiger prawns, was well spiced with coriander, cumin and turmeric. The spices were strong while not overpowering. The final curry, Saag paneer, had cubes of cottage cheese in a spinach puree, making it a good vegetarian option. The cubes were large, the spinach complementing their mild cheese flavour.
Although I have no sweet tooth, I couldn't help but finish the desserts. The Indian ice cream came in a small block, infused with cardamom and pistachio and melted in the mouth. The Jackfruit pasayam with kulfi was not what I expected. Served in a shot glass, it was a fragrant syrup swimming with rice and was a tasty end to the meal.
However we were disappointed with the wine we ordered. At $42, it was the cheapest bottle on the list and unfortunately had less taste than the cleanskins we occasionally drink. It's likely, though, that the bottles costing upwards of $200 are first-rate.
If you're looking to splash out a little for dinner then Aki's is an ideal place. The food is soul warming and the service impeccable. If you're seeking a similar restaurant closer to the Inner West, there is also Abhi's Indian, Aki's brother restaurant, located in North Strathfield.