THE COVE, Attadale
by JENNY D’ANGER:
SITUATED in a gorgeous old 1920s home The Cove Indian Restaurant is a culinary success story, lasting decades in a sector that’s notoriously unforgiving.
Reports far and wide are of great food in a gracious setting so it was high time the D’Angers headed down.
And when better than for the Sunday buffet lunch, which offers such good value I’d initially thought I was reading an out-of-date blurb.
The enticing aromas of India coupled with ornate ceiling roses, lovely cornices and fireplaces evoke a British Raj atmosphere in the series of rooms that make up the restaurant.
We opted to sit in the enclosed rear overlooking the garden which, sadly, is looking in need of some love at the end of a long, hot summer.
For the princely sum of $28 a head we could choose from four salads, five entrees, six meaty mains (and four vegie mains), topped off by dessert, tea and coffee. Kids are even cheaper with 6–12 year olds costing you just $16, and a mere $8 for the 2–5 brigade.
Our band of four happily munched through the entire menu, and I certainly couldn’t complain about value for money.
Entrees include onion bhaji and vegetable pakora, tandoori chicken and naan. The bhaji and pakora were tasty if a little dry, but with the addition of a dollop of raita I was chowing down well content.
D’Angerous Dave was stoked with the limitless pappadams, which were thicker than we’d come to expect but very good.
Our friends got stuck into meaty mains, including the lamb rogan josh, beef vindaloo and chicken Madras, remarking on the tenderness of the flesh.
My palak paneer (cheese) was delicious, and the dhal some of the best I’ve tasted, but the vegetable curry lacked oomph.
For dessert D’Angerous was happy to pile his bowl high with Indian semolina pudding, one of his favourite, while I went for the julab jamun, which was sweet and delicious, if a little heavy.
Meanwhile a tribe of littlies wandered past with big bowls of jelly and ice cream from the serve-yourself-bar–wearing even bigger smiles.
For family dining on a budget—that’s still a little fancy—the Cove is a great choice.
by JENNY D’ANGER
The Cove Indian Restaurant
568 Canning Highway, Attadale
open Mon–Sat 5–10pm, Sun, noon–10pm