Opened in 1979, The Snake Charmer along Unley Road is a good place to enjoy Indian cuisines that are prepared using fresh ingredients. Complimentary pappadums are provided to customers when they dine there to help sate their appetites while waiting for their main courses.
We liked that the chicken used in their Murgh Tandoori had moist flesh with the right amount of spices to give the dish the flavour you would expect from Tandoori Chicken. There was also a small serving of salad on the side to provide some freshness. Those who want to add a bit of spice can dip the chicken in the tomato, capsicum and fenugreek sauce provided but it is advisable to not be too heavy-handed as it is quite spicy.
The chunks of beef in their Beef Madras were of a good size and tender enough to be easily cut with a spoon. The inclusion of pepper and cumin in the gravy gave it a delectable peppery flavour. The degree of spiciness is mild enough to be suitable for most people.
Beef Madras (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Compared to the Beef Madras, the Brinjal Eggplant Curry was milder, making it a good choice for those not used to spicy foods. The eggplant had the right amount of bite to it and the use of tamarind in the dish added a bit of tang to the dish.
Brinjal Eggplant Curry (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For dessert, we decided to try their Chai Tea Panna Cotta, something that is a bit different from the desserts that are usually served at Indian restaurants. Though we would have liked more pannacotta, it still had a wonderful soft texture with enough chai tea to give it a distinctive flavour. Slices of apple and pear added a fresh element to the dish and there was a dusting of what seemed like cocoa powder.
Chai Tea Panna Cotta (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Customers who visit during lunchtime can enjoy a $15 deal which consists of two meats and one vegetable curry along with rice. If you are looking for delicious Indian cuisine while in Unley, consider dropping by The Snake Charmer for a visit.