Have you ever tried Indian style hawker food? Do you work in the CBD and have a craving for some Indian curry for lunch today? Are you feeling peckish and in need of a break from inner city shopping? If the answer is yes, then wander down to Wintergarden's food court to BanZara.
BanZara is named after a tribe of colorful gypsies from the deserts of Rajasthan in India. For the gypsies, sharing a meal together is an important part of the day and the friendly staff at BanZara's kitchen here in Brisbane CBD invite hundreds of smiling customers to be a part of their tribe every day.
Banzara's hawker style appetizers include samosas ($3.50 each) with tamarind chutney, papri chaat (pictured above), and I highly recommend the aloo tikki (potato patty). They also bake fresh, soft tandoori naans in the clay oven in many flavors including Kashmiri, garlic and cheese (yum), masala, plain, and butter.
You can grab a bargain curry for lunch at $7.90 - we enjoyed every mouthful of the vegetarian Malai Kofta and the classic Chicken Tikka Masala (pictured below). You can also sip on a traditional mango or strawberry lassi (yogurt drink) in between mouthfuls of curry and finish off with some homemade mango tapioca pudding.
BanZara is located downstairs in the Wintergarden food court, at the lower end of Queen Street Mall. The food court gets really busy around lunch time, however, there are plenty of nooks and corners to sit and quietly enjoy your curry. Overall, I say BanZara is worth a visit, especially if you appreciate great Indian food, fresh naan and tapioca pudding.