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Published February 26th 2014
Its curry but it really needn't be in a hurry
I don't know too many people who don't have a love of Indian cuisine. It tends to be one of those things reserved for a hasty take away on a week night - you grab it from your favourite local, head home and binge on the couch in your trackies. Most Indian restaurants I think excel in this market, any time you even so much as consider dining in, the ambiance and lack of customer service turns you straight off. Then there's of course the downside to your yummy Indian pig out session... the belly ache after you've eaten your body weight in ghee drenched goodness. Not so good.
Finally, please let me announce an establishment that has defied all these odds to produce a genuinely lovely dining experience. Enter Indique, located in the Victoria Point Lakeside dining precinct. It is actually probably one of the few restaurants worth driving to Victoria Point for. Unfortunately when the delightful Lakeside development went in, it was filled with mundane offerings such as Hog's Breath (shudder), Fasta Pasta (double shudder) and Toscani's (not even worth the energy of a shudder). Indique definitely lifts the bar.
Indique possesses a lovely aspect over the large lake and tasteful decor. It's not a huge restaurant and bookings are always recommended but that is kind of part of it's charm. Yes they do take aways but that is definitely not their focus. The staff are always friendly and hospitable and the menu consists of all the usual favourites plus a few local delicacies and street food options that are definitely worth a try.
For entree on our most recent visit my partner and I shared murgh tikka, which consisted of herb marinated chicken fillets served with a home made yoghurt dressing. One of the quirks of Indique is that you can watch the meat being flame grilled through a glass window into the kitchen. It tastes as delicious as it looks. The chicken was well seasoned and succulent. A delightfully light entree to leave room for main course.
For main we shared lamb madras which was very tasty and an absolute knock out chicken dish cooked in a traditional clay pot. Usual accompaniments of steamed rice and raita went with the dish, as well as what I consider to be one of the best naan breads I have ever eaten. The best part of all of this is that somehow Indique manage to produce a meal that is not too greasy or unpalatable. The food is fresh and tasty and doesn't leave you with that unpleasant bloated sensation that usually comes hand in hand with Westernised Indian cuisine.
Indique is probably on the slightly pricier end of Indian dining but is definitely worth it.The option to BYO bottled wine is also a big attraction especially if dining in a large group.
So if you live in the area, or simply feel like trying somewhere a little different why not head down to Victoria Point for a delicious Indian meal.