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Published June 13th 2016
Saffron & Spice in Woden
Flavours of India is a restaurant situated on a strip of eateries outside Westfield Shopping Centre at Woden. This light filled restaurant is a popular venue for dinner, however their well-priced lunch specials also draw in the local worker crowd during the week. As well as this south side location, there is also a Flavours of India restaurant in Gungahlin, north of the city. These Indian restaurants specialise in Northern Indian cuisine, with spicy flavours and melt in your mouth meat dishes that leave you wanting more. If you appreciate the traditional flavours of India (hence the name), this restaurant is as authentic as they come.
As their website explains: "Flavours of India draws it's inspiration from flourishing traditions of mughlai cuisine in northern India with spectacular meat preparation, curries, roganjosh, kormas and exotic biryanis. Kebabs are made from marinated and minced meats, and clay pot cooking (tandoor) is used".
If you are visiting Flavours of India for dinner and prefer to peruse the menu before you visit, see the extensive menu here for both locations. If you have a group of 6 or more, perhaps consider the Banquet Menu for the best value and range.
It was the weekday lunch menu however, that attracted our little party to this restaurant. On a brisk Winter day, with wind howling outside, the spacious and warm interior was a welcome relief to walk into. The smells alone had us all looking at each other and mouthing "Yum!". When dining for lunch, you can choose off the menu or select a lunch special which start from $10.90 for a light lunch, then up to $19.90 for a larger plate with naan, roti and dessert.
If choosing one of the lunch specials, the choices for the meat dishes change daily, however there is always a chicken, red meat and vegetarian option to choose from. Lunch Special 1 is a served on a metal plate with two small serves of meat and a choice of rice, roti or naan and Lunch Special 2 means you can try all three flavours with either rice, roti or naan. As the Lunch Specials go up in price, the rice, roti, naans and dessert can also be included.
On our visit each of the dishes on the plate were equally as delicious and mild in heat. There was just a small amount in each pocket on the plate to savour the flavour and also leave ample sauce to enjoy with the naan. Although Lunch Special 1 in particular looked small, it was ideal for those who are just after a light meal in the middle of the day. We chose our dishes to include rice and then ordered garlic naan for the table, which was also filling for those who ordered light.
Lunch Special 1 Plate - two dishes and rice ($10.90) with extra garlic naan ($3.95)
During our visit there were a few other groups that came in to enjoy the restaurant and the smell of the exotic flavours that radiated from the kitchen. There is also a window to the kitchen so you can see the chef at work, stirring the large pots of slow-cooked, aromatic cuisines. Another feature about this restaurant is you don't have to wait too long for your food, if you are on your lunch break from work - or particularly hungry.
Flavours of India is a handy location to enjoy a delicious Indian meal with traditional flavours and value specials. If you enjoy trying various Indian restaurants around Canberra, this one should be on your list to try out. Although the ambience was a little quiet, the food was absolutely faultless. It really does taste like you are enjoying the traditional Flavours of India.
We will also be back for their delicious garlic naan!