Originally located at Pulteney Street in the Adelaide CBD, Darshana's Indian Cuisine has since moved to the Promenade Shopping Centre in Mawson Lakes. Despite the restaurant being a bit quiet when we visited it, it is apparently popular with the locals as the restaurant has been there for at least six years.
Bombay Chicken Masala provides a unique take of the Indian chicken curries we have eaten, with scrambled eggs mixed into the curry gravy. The chicken was tender with the curry gravy complementing it nicely, with a thick texture coming from the scrambled eggs. The gravy also had a distinct gingery taste that did not drown out the flavour of the chicken.
Darshana's Malai Kofta features vegetarian koftas served in mild curry gravy somewhat similar to the one used in Butter Chicken. Koftas are more commonly made from minced meat shaped into meatballs or cigar shaped cylinders. However Indian cuisine also serves vegetarian versions of koftas to accommodate people whose religious beliefs prevent them from eating meat. The koftas were cooked to perfection and the mild gravy was a good partner to the koftas.
Much like the Bombay Chicken Masala, the chicken in the Chicken Biryani was tender with pieces being of a reasonable size. It was accompanied by fluffy rice spiced up by the spices it was cooked in with a serving of yogurt sauce that contrasted wonderfully with the spicy rice.
Both the Plain Naan and the Ginger Parotta were crisp and fluffy with the Plain Naan's flavour acting as a good foil to the spicy curries. The Ginger Parotta had a surprisingly sweet taste with a hint of gingery flavour, a good change from the strong flavour we usually associate with dishes that feature this ingredient.