SAMRAT means king or emperor, and Samrat Indian restaurant in Myaree certainly deserves a crown for it’s food.
This gem is tucked away on Hume Court, where it rubs shoulders with a number of Asian eateries almost obscured by the numerous car yards on Leach Highway,
A friend recommended the eatery after taking her Indian brother there earlier this year. He liked it so much they they went back several times.
After a particularly hectic working day, grabbing take-away on the way home seemed like good idea, and there’s never any complaints from D’Angerous Dave about eating spicy tucker.
We took the edge off our appetites with a serve of vegetable pakora and onion bhaji ($6).
Like little piggies in a trough, we tucked into the wonderfully crunchy chick-pea pakora straight out of the paper bag.
With the hunger pangs abated, the soft, flavoursome onion bhajis were dipped in the spicy sauce, and consumed by the D’Angers in a more dignified manner.
What followed was a right royal feast, starting with fish in coconut milk with cashew nuts, ginger and garlic ($17.90).
The mouth-sized fillets were soft but firm, and the rich creamy sauce had just the right amount of sweet coconut flavours coming through.
It contrasted beautifully with the saltier palak mushroom ($14.50).
Aloo gobi ($14.50) is one of our favourite Indian vegetable dishes and this one lived up to expectations, although it varied in its taste and was drier than others we’ve eaten.
The spicy potato cubes were so soft they barely needed chewing, and the cauliflower held its shape in tender morsels.
Left-over sauce from all three dishes was mopped up by a wonderfully oily garlic naan ($4).
“Rum tum, tum, spices in my tum. The Samrat certainly hit the spot and we didn’t leave a crumb,” chortled Dave, like some demented version of Ronnie Barker in a Two Ronnies sketch.
By JENNY D’ANGER
Samrat Indian Restaurant
48 Hulme Court, Myaree
Wed–Sun 11.30am–2.30pm, dinner 7 days 5pm to late