Located in the North Adelaide Village shopping centre, Arya specialises in Indian cuisine with some of the dishes served there not those that most people usually associate with Indian cuisine. Given that we usually order dishes from them to takeaway, we decided to dine there for a change of pace. Arya provides complimentary pappadums (spicy thin wafers) with each meal. The pappadums were crispy and come accompanied with mint sauce.
Chilli Chicken is one of the dishes that do not come to mind when most people think of Indian cuisine. The dish consists of fried chicken pieces coated in a mixture of cornflour, pepper, soy sauce and spices tossed in a spicy sauce. The pieces of chicken were crispy and while the menu suggests the sauce will be quite dry, it is actually quite moist with its spicy flavours bringing out the flavour of the chicken.
The beef in the Chettinad Curry was tender and the spicy curry complemented it nicely without being too spicy for enjoyment. I find the taste of the dish to be somewhat similar to a milder version of the fiery Vindaloo curry. If you prefer, there is the option to have the dish made with chicken or lamb instead.
Arya's Chicken Biryani is one the biryanis I enjoyed eating, consisting of tender chunks of chicken embedded in a bed of fluffy rice. The spices of the dish also helped to round out the flavour of the dish without overwhelming it. Presentation was also a bit different from the takeaway version we usually order, decorated with grains of plain rice.
The mushrooms in the Tandoori Mushrooms were cooked just right, but we felt it could have used a bit more spice to make it more delectable. It comes with mint sauce, tamarind sauce and chilli chutney with the third one being quite spicy. Both the Plain Naan and Tandoori Roti were crispy and fluffy, with their plain flavours contrasting perfectly with the spicier dishes we ordered.
Other notable dishes are the Garlic Naan and Chicken Bharwa Masala, an unusual dish in which a chicken breast is stuffed with cashews, raisins and chicken mince before being cooked in a tomato and spice mixture. Ambience of the restaurant was excellent, with ample off-street parking in the basement of the North Adelaide Village shopping centre.