With tastebuds anticipating succulent spicy Indian food and excitement to explore new places, we approached the newly revamped Brickworks Markets.
Joy of India was our destination and it was easily spotted from the car park. The attractive modern décor is eye catching. We chose a cosy booth, but comfortable café seating or bar stools and high tables are also available. I imagine the alfresco area adjoining the playground, with the attractive old world charm of the Brickworks as a backdrop, will be very popular in warmer months.
The contemporary styling of Joy of India
Photograph by JA Rossiter
The Banquet option on the menu made it easy to sample a broad selection from the menu. Our entrée consisted of Vegetable Samosas, Onion Bhaji, Chicken Tikka, Pappadums with Mint Chutney and Tamarind Chutney and Salad.
Entrée choices Photograph by JA Rossiter
I was keen to try one of our chef Sam's signature dishes and selected Kashmiri Elaichi Lamb (cardamom, yoghurt and lamb). Korma Chicken, an old favourite, was our other Main Course choice. The blend of cashews, ginger, coriander and chicken was really tasty. Garlic Naan and Mango Lassi accompanied our meal. Sam is proud of his light, charcoal-steamed, flavour-filled Tandoor bread. Desserts and other tasty choices and prices can be viewed on the dine-in or take-away menus. BYO is made easy with Dan Murphy's in the same shopping complex. Delivery is available in a 10km radius.
Sam has a long history of culinary expertise. 'I aim to serve authentic, home style Indian cooking, just like Indian mums would make', he says. 'We serve authentic Indian cuisine but we ensure that the flavours are well-balanced and that the presentation is contemporary.' This is certainly evident in the attractive plate ware and décor at Joy of India, Torrensville.
Our courteous young waiter, Hrithik, displayed skills not always seen in more experienced waiters. Water poured into sparkling glasses, warmed plates, prompt service and asking how we enjoyed our meal, were some of his attentive touches.
Curry choices Photograph by JA Rossiter
Joy of India neighbours a handy outdoor playground to keep children amused if they don't enjoy lingering over their food as long as the adults. For a good daytime photo of the interesting climbing equipment and list of other shops in the complex see The Brickworks Marketplace.
Photograph by JA Rossiter
Watch for Joy of India on The Advertiser's Split the Bill promotion. While Sam's quality Indian cuisine is already well known at Chinatown and City Cross, I recommend you get in quick to make the new licensed Joy of India at Brickworks Marketplace your local.