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Published April 27th 2019
Juicy hot marinated meats with crispy buttered garlic naan
Indian Empire is the restaurant to go for lip-smacking flavour-laden irresistible Indian food. Tucked away in a little shopping area at the Northern end of the Gold Coast in Runaway Bay, the restaurant is attractive inside with a great little fish tank that I love to be seated next to. Staff are professional and attentive. But best of all, is the food!
Let me run through a few of my favourites. My original favourite, the butter chicken is always a winner. The sauce is wonderful, particularly when swept up with a piece of crispy garlicky naan.
Tandoori Murgh Tikka as a chicken entree is perfect, except for one little problem, you are going to want more, more, more. I always order a full serve now (yes I share) because the chicken is so tender and scrumptious, I go home dreaming about it if I don't get enough. However, there is one key action you must take to ensure this dish reaches its potential. Squeeze the hot lemon on the sizzling hot plate all over the boneless chicken pieces. This little action takes it to another level. You can always ask for more lemon if you want it – I sometimes do.
More recently, I have been ordering and absolutely loving the Vegetable Korma, so tasty with a lovely hint of sweetness. The Korma sauce is also rather heavenly slathered all over the garlic naan. It tastes equally amazing with chicken or lamb, but having vegetables with this fabulous korma sauce really brings out their flavour - best Korma ever.
The Onion Bhajee is crunchy and tasty, but only in the restaurant (not for takeaway, as it needs to be crispy) but it is amazing in the restaurant. When I am taking away, I usually prefer the Samosas as an Entree as the plastic containers don't affect them as much.
Other favourites include the Beef Madras, Rogan Josh and Barra Kebab. Best sides are the Garlic Naan (again, best in the restaurant for crispiness, but I still order it takeaway to mop up the great sauces) and the Yellow Rice with onion, coriander, mint and spices. Although, honestly, you can't go too far wrong with any dish here.
Indian Empire is licensed, with particularly nice house wines, and Indian food doesn't get much better than this!