As a connoisseur of good food, I regularly embark on epicurean adventures to discover amazing new restaurants and cuisines. My journey took me to the door of Elephant Corridor located at 179 Coleman Parade, Glen Waverley. Serving delectable Sri Lankan and North Indian cuisine, Elephant Corridor won my heart and taste buds aeons ago and I have returned for more and more. I can't believe it has taken me so long to write a review on this place. Now it is time. Prepare yourself to dive into a delicious story involving juicy details of lip-smacking food and charming service.
Food and drinks
Elephant Corridor has an extensive menu which will leave you spoilt for options with offerings of fish, meat, vegetarian and gluten free choices.
Food is the main drawcard of this restaurant. As a diehard fan of this restaurant, it is quite challenging for me to know where to start. Maybe the best place to start would be the complimentary pappadums served with tamarind and mint chutney. This is certainly a good way to commence your Indian/Sri Lankan feast.
Next, try their aromatic garlic and Kashmir naans. The garlic naan ($3.70) is baked in preheated oven until slightly puffed and golden brown and then brushed with garlic and ghee (clarified butter) mixture. This naan is thin and flaky and oozes mild garlicky flavour which wows the taste buds. Unlike garlic naan, Kashmir naan ($4) is stuffed with a mix of nuts and dried fruits. The naan melts in your mouth releasing sweet flavours of nuts and dried fruits. Kashmir naan can be devoured on its own but can also be paired with curries. The naans will mop up your curries in a most satisfying manner.
The salt and pepper calamari (Sri Lankan style) is a standout dish. Fresh calamari ($18.90) is wok fried with garlic, green onions and chillies and other Sri Lankan spices. The result is a delicious calamari dish which will land your palate on cloud nine. This comes in 2 sizes – entrée and mains.
The assorted vegetable platter ($17.90) comes with 1 vegetable samosa, 2 onion bhajis, 2 tandoori mushrooms and 2 pakoras served with tamarind and mint chutney. The onion bhajis are spiced onion rings fried in chick pea batter, spicy and tasty. The tandoori mushrooms are alright. The vegetable samosa is not bad. Pakoras are seasonal vegetables dipped in chickpea batter and fried – these definitely hit the right spot.
Their butter chicken (also known as chicken makhani) is the best I have tried. Boneless chicken ($21.90) is cooked in clay oven, simmered in tomato base sauce and cashew nuts finished with butter and cream. This dish is moreish and as you slowly savour the succulent meat and the creamy gravy, you will find yourself in foodie heaven. All types of conversation will recede into oblivion as your senses will be taken over by this sensational dish. The only qualm I have is that the serving size is not big enough which means sharing this dish with others has the potential for creating discord.
Sri Lankan devilled prawns ($28.90) is noteworthy. Marinated tiger prawns are wok fried with onion, capsicum and tomato with Chef's spicy sauce beautifully served on banana leaf. The prawns are huge and cooked to perfection. Word of caution: this dish can be quite hot.
Chicken saagwala ($21.90) deserves a special mention. Boneless chicken is cooked with fresh spinach, herbs and spices. The spinach beautifully complements the tender chicken. While this dish is mild, you can taste the butter and the spices in the dish. This dish is finger licking good.
The goat and chicken biriyanis are much alike because of the way they are cooked. They are both yummy and will be a favourite with any meat lover due to the marinated tender meat and well-balanced spices with a healthy spicy kick. They are both priced at $19.90.
For dessert, we have tried wattalapan ($9.90) and kulfi pista ($9.90). Kulfi pista is an Indian ice-cream with pistachio. It is sweet but not very creamy. Wattalapan is Sri Lankan custard pudding with palm candy and nuts. This dessert gets full marks for presentation which never fails to draw awe and giggles. As for flavour, this dessert is scrumptious and better than the kulfi pista.
For drinks, we have tried the dirty granny cider($8.90) which was quite nice.
Service and ambience
The ambience is cosy, warm and inviting. The small dining area is dotted with wooden chairs and tables. One wall is decked with floor to ceiling mirror creating the illusion of spacious dining area. The décor is tasteful. The figurines of religious deities along with cultural portraits and drawings conjure up the beauty of exotic Sri Lanka.
The service is attentive, prompt and friendly. The wait staff makes sure that glasses are always full, tables are devoid of empty plates and suggestions are readily available for the menus.
You can join their loyalty program with few taps of your finger. If you want to join their loyalty program, it is necessary to download their loyalty app. Every time you spend $50 or more you get a stamp in the loyalty program. Once you collect 8 stamps you get a $30 voucher which can be used in your next meal. The first stamp is free when you download the app.
Dirty granny is a nice alcoholic drink. As for the food, I would highly recommend the garlic and Kashmir naans as well as the salt and pepper calamari, butter chicken, devilled prawns and chicken saagwala. The assorted vegetable platter, biriyanis and wattalapan get my tick of approval.
Elephant Corridor is not cheap and the serving sizes are not great. But the quality of the food compensates for all these shortcomings. Popularity is a good indicator for the quality of a restaurant. The fact that almost all the tables are occupied every time we have been to this restaurant is a testament to the high standards of Elephant Corridor.
Important points to note:
-You can request the level of spiciness you desire. There are 4 options: extra hot, hot, medium and mild. Usually medium spicy does the trick. Mild spicy is also good. Hot or extra hot is not for the faint-hearted but go for it if you can handle it.
-Booking is essential if you do not wish to be disappointed.
- Finding a good parking spot can be challenging in that area. So it is advisable to either turn up early or late for lunch or dinner.
- Every Thursday, they hold the chilli mud crab nights. If you want to sample their crab creations, then remember to call and book ahead for the crab.
- On Sunday and Monday nights, they hold hoppers night. Hoppers are bowl-shaped pancakes which are Sri Lankan delicacies.
- They hold wedding receptions, special occasion functions and outside catering.
- They do have lunch specials which are worth checking out.
This review is a reflection of the writer's personal experience. The writer takes no responsibility if after reading this article you find yourself craving delightful curries, biriyanis and other decadent dishes from Elephant Corridor. Try it, you will not regret it!
You should have tried String Hoppers with raw Jackfruit curry. Its authentic and tastes good. The level of spice can be customised, but recommended eating it extra hot. they will give around 15 string hoppers which are nothing but steamed rice (choice of brown rice/white) noodles rolled into circles