Located on Cleveland St, near Bourke St, this family restaurant has an impressively large Pakistani/Indian menu, featuring curries, meat-based dishes, vegetarian dishes, sides and 'extras'. Banquets ranging from $25.90 - $39.90 a head are also available.
While the décor first struck me as simple and plain, I soon forgot my criticisms while basking in the restaurant's warmth, both in terms of temperature and service.
I was on guard with my basic knowledge gained from Eatability, whose reviews advised diners to order the Pakistani dishes, not the Indian ones. This was confirmed by the waiter who recommended the specials as we were first time patrons. My friend and I shared a half/half pairing of a chicken dish and a lamb dish, which was easily enough for two, and we're big eaters!
The dishes were cooked using traditional Pakistani methods: the chicken, cooked in a wok, was tender with bold, fragrant spices that tickled my tongue and taste buds with delight. Cooked in a clay pot, the lamb, while also well seasoned, was a little tough and thus less exciting.
The waiters were efficient and lovely, although ours was keen to open our champagne with a corkscrew! She apologised profusely when she realised her mistake and, especially in light of the BYO wine plus no corkage fee policy, we laughed it aside.
Bookings, via telephone or online, are a good idea: when we arrived at 7 the restaurant was mostly empty but by 8 it had filled up. For just under $50 for two people, including complimentary pappadums upon arrival, it was a satisfying experience.