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Published December 11th 2016
Indian and Mexican food in the one place in North Coogee
When my family and I heard about a local restaurant serving a hybrid of Mexican and Indian food, naturally we could not resist checking it out. Mexican and Indian food….together?
The name comes from two traditional Indian and Mexican dishes – the roti, or chapati, which is a type of flat bread, while the Mexican burrito is a flat tortilla filled with a blend of meat, vegetables and sauce.
Before we had even arrived, we were pondering about the choices we would face – tandoori tacos? Butter chicken burritos? Vindaloo nachos? We would soon find out.
We arrived and were seated immediately. The restaurant is really small, with about six or seven various size tables. We were greeted by a friendly waitress and promptly provided with menus and water, plus a high chair for my daughter.
The menu itself was actually quite different to what we had anticipated. With the exception of a few 'Mexicana Tandoori' dishes, the Mexican menu items were separate to the Indian food, rather than being a fusion of these two very different culinary tastes.
Of the few Mexican-Indian fused menu items, you will find a range of gourmet tandoori burritos, including beef, chicken and vegetable. The majority of the menu is Indian cuisine, although there are nachos and a small number of other Mexican dishes available.
My family and I decided to stick with the Indian cuisine, ordering the butter chicken, lamb rogan josh, chicken masala and the chef's special goat curry. We also ordered saffron rice plus garlic naan bread. There is a small selection of kids' meals, including nachos, a burrito, chicken nuggets and a kids' burger, all priced at $9.95 each.
Our meals were served within about 15 minutes of ordering. The one thing I love about Indian food is that it never quite tastes the same between the different restaurants – it's probably got a lot to do with the different regions and the distinct northern and southern regions. My chicken masala was different to any other that I've had before. It could've had a hint more tomato flavour to it, but I liked that it was packed with vegetables.
My husband wolfed down his goat curry, which speaks for itself. I'm not a fan of goat so I didn't try it, but he said it was pretty much cooked to perfection with an ideal flavour to it.
The rogan josh has a nice flavour and the pieces of lamb were cooked to perfection. The butter chicken was a little bit on the sweet side, but overall it was still tasty and I loved the tomato flavour and creaminess.
There wasn't too much garlic naan left by the time we finished – it was soft and buttery and well received by our table.
The price wasn't too bad, with our meals costing around $22 each between six people. The service was quick and friendly. Being so small, the restaurant doesn't have toilets, but is adjoined to a shopping centre so you will have to use the centre amenities. Roti Burrito also offers takeaway food and a lunch menu, which – interestingly – doesn't offer the same extensive range of Indian food as the dinner menu does.
Roti Burrito was definitely more Indian than Mexican, and I was a tad disappointed the menu wasn't a little more Mexican and Indian fused, as I think this could be a very successful combination, but regardless, we left happy and satisfied with our first visit.