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Published August 21st 2012
For authentic and flavoursome Indian cuisine at great value
For authentic and flavoursome Indian cuisine at great value, you really can't go past Marigold Indian Restaurant. This little gem, found on Queens Parade in Clifton Hill, is the perfect place to visit for great food and quality service in the (inner) northern suburbs. This place is so reliably good, that it has become a staple for birthday celebrations and even casual outings with family and friends for the past few years.
The extensive menu provides diners with a range of chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetarian dishes from various parts of India. Each dish is bursting with flavour and the aromas are so delightful, they will have you salivating. My personal favourite is the Chicken Korma - a creamy tomato, coconut and cashew based curry which is to die for. I would seriously recommend this to anyone who is a fan of butter chicken or isn't fond of spicy food. Other dishes that keep making the table are Lamb Rogan Josh (an enticing curry with lamb so tender, it melts in your mouth), Beef Vindaloo (a firey traditional curry) and Saag (a spinach based curry with potato).
As sides, the experience would not be complete without rice and traditional Naan bread and Raita (a yogurt and cucumber condiment) to help cool down your mouth from the spices. I highly recommend the garlic naan if you want your tastebuds to dance.
Presentation of the food is impressive; curries are served in traditional stainless steel bowls, and each table is supplied with complimentary papadums and dipping sauce. The decor is tasteful, with dim lighting setting a beautiful ambience to the dining experience. Atop each table are tea light lanterns and the shop front windows allow for a lovely streetlight glow.
The service is always excellent and attentive, and if you're partial to a bit of 80s pop (which I am), you'll certainly enjoy the musical repertoire. On any given night, this restaurant is buzzing with customers, all eager to experience what Marigold has to offer. While walk-ins are welcome and usually successful, it wouldn't hurt to call and make a booking for your first time. If you're not the dine-in type, there's also a take-away option (however, they only offer pick up, not delivery).
Prices are extremely reasonable regardless of the dish. A main can be shared by two people so it's great if you're on a budget. For a bigger party, there's a $35 set menu available which is highly recommended. And if you end up over ordering (which can be a real possibility), the staff will happily prepare a doggy bag.
No matter how often we choose this place as our dining destination, it just does not disappoint. Marigold is warm, inviting and well worth your time. Do yourself a favour and book an evening there - you won't regret it.