A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published September 17th 2012
Be treated like a Sultan at Sultan’s Kitchen
Located in trendy inner-Brisbane, Sultan's Kitchen in Paddington is a great place for a group of friends to catch-up on their week over a rich and tasty Indian dinner. We had the opportunity to check it out for a friend's birthday and came away extremely satisfied.
The atmosphere is warm, cosy and inviting, making it an enjoyable venue to indulge in great company. Upon entering, I noticed that the interior was nicely decorated with an Indian inspired theme. The lighting was soft, giving the restaurant a romantic feeling as well as showcasing the giant mural wall painted creatively with intricate Indian historical art.
Make sure you make a reservation on Saturday nights, especially if you have a big group as the restaurant is bustling with a hype of activity. The customers are mostly young professionals and students wanting to relax after a tiring week. Sultan's Kitchen is also a family restaurant and the owner cum host is a friendly Indian man who will not hesitate to ask you questions in a jovial manner or assist you in taking group photos.
Sultan's Kitchen started out in May 1983 at Milton Road. They have since expanded to three branches at 163 Given Terrace, Paddington, at 380 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo and 689 Sandgate Road, Clayfield. Their clientele keeps coming back for more, ensuring the growth of their business and good reputation. In fact, Sultan's Kitchen has won numerous awards including the Pataks Indians Restaurant of the Year award, Catering Trade Fair Association of Queensland Gold Plate Award and the American Express Restaurant of the Year award.
The menu has a huge variety of appetisers, curries, mains and desserts so it is best to order a few different ones to try. We ordered some curries and a basket of naans to share amongst the group to taste as much as we could of what was on offer. We ordered their specials which included Butter Chicken ($14.95), Lamb Korma ($14.95) and Chicken Tikka Masala ($14.95). Naans are around $3.95-$4.95.
For those not familiar with Indian cuisine, korma is made with yoghurt, cream, nut and seed pastes and is a type of curry. Chicken tikka masala is a dish of roasted chicken chunks in a spicy sauce (masala). The masala sauce is usually spicy and creamy with yoghurt, cream, tomatoes, onions, chilli pepper and coconut milk.
The taste of their dishes at Sultan's Kitchen is shaped by modern Indian influences, topped with natural herbs and spices. I was assured that the food addictive Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is not used to cook their food. I felt that the curries we ordered, especially the butter chicken tasted a bit different to other Indian restaurants I tried - a more subtle flavouring without the usual heaviness of too much cream. This difference probably adds to their appeal and authenticity.
Hop on to their website and check out their extensive menu. Very soon, you can sign up on their website for free membership and a $5 voucher.