MY friends from the hills – not in-bred Hollywood mutants I might add — were disappointed that I’d booked dinner at Saroor, as they wanted to revisit their favourite curry house in South Fremantle.
I’m pleased to report they were well and truly proselytised by Saroor, which took out a gold plate award this year.
The menu is a fusion of traditional and modern Indian, and we kicked off with an updated version of the street-food golappe ($12).
It’s part food, part performance: you pour some lime and tamarind water into the puffed balls, pop them in your mouth, and then wait for the taste explosion.
The honey chilli cauliflower ($16) was an instant hit and had the perfect sweet-savoury blend and a great chilli zing.
Veggie fritters ($17) are a favourite in India and after the first bite I could see why as the moreish flavours swamped my palate.
Keen to try as much food as possible and still have room for dessert, we continued with entrees for mains, with the exception of a Goan seafood ($28) and a large vegetarian f
ried rice ($12).
The malai paneer tikka ($17) and pesto fish kebab ($19) were large enough to share.
The fish kebabs were firm and piquant with sharp lemon butter, wasabi and pickled ginger.
Resembling a modern artwork, the mushrooms and capsicum kebabs were perched on slices of melon and drizzled with a lime yoghurt. And they tasted as good as they looked.
Goan fish is a speciality of western India and this version was swimming in a creamy coconut sauce, duly mopped up with a great garlic naan ($4.50) and tandori roti ($3.50).
As much as I love Saroor’s entrees and mains, I really wanted my friends to try the kulfi (ice cream), which is dramatically served in an icy igloo ($15). I’m happy to report they were blown away by the decadent look and taste.
D’Angerous Dave went off script with a tiramisu ($9) – a throwback to 1970s England – which he gave 10 flares
out of 10.
388 South Terrace, South Fremantle
Open Mon–Thurs 5–10pm, Fri–Sun 12noon–10pm