Sunday, June 10, 2012

Spice of Life, Harris Park

I've recently befriend (or inflicted myself upon) some new blogger friends - all of whom are expats in Australia. Two girls are from the USA and another hails from the UK. The two Americans have just landed in Oz after a stint in the UK...and they were ALL hankering after some decent Indian food reminiscent of the "good stuff" found in the UK. 

It just so happens that I live VERY VERY close to Sydney's Little India (aka Harris Park). A heady and mouthwatering aroma of exotic spices envelopes this suburb - you smell the delicious food long before your stomach gets anywhere near it. 


Wigram Street is where you'll find the majority of the restaurants in Harris Park, with a few up on Marion Street. There are Indian grocers, spice shops, video stores and sari shops aplenty (along with a few Arab delis, butchers and cake shops - a nod to the fact that we're only a few kilometers from Auburn - Sydney's Little Turkey I guess you'd call it).

The majority of the restaurants can be found in lovely little cottages - however tonight we have our sights set on Spice of Life - an enormous Indian restaurant (apparently the biggest in Australia no less)! It's been highly recommended to us by an Indian colleague of VegeTARAian's as being quite authentic and we have an excellent meal - delicious food, great service and loads of laughs.


As with all good Indian meals we start with a basket of lovely, crispy Pappadums that come served with a tangy yoghurt Raita.  It's Kingfisher beers all around (they go down WAY to easily I think) as well as our flat bread of choice - Roti bread for me, and Naan for most of the others.

Tara and I are sharing Vegetarian meals tonight and we start with a Mixed Vegetable Platter for 2 ($16.00).  I don't ever recall seeing a Vegetarian entree platter at an Indian restaurant before - so we're both pretty impressed.  The platter houses a selection of Samosa, Paneer Tandoori and Batata Vada (mashed seasoned potatoes mixed with spices and deep fried).  We both REALLY love the Paneer which is pan fried in a mix of spices, capsicum and onions.  If I could figure out the spice mix I think this would be pretty easy to whip up at home.

  
For mains Tara chose Baigan Achari ($15.00) - a beautiful beautiful roasted eggplant dish cooked with onion in a hot spicy sauce of traditional spices and garnished with coriander. This dish was wonderful - the eggplant SO smokey. Amazing.  Weather I'm eating Vegetarian or not I always find it hard to go past an Indian main that has Cottage Cheese in it - thus my choice for our mains is Malai Kofta ($15.00) -  cottage cheese and cashew nut dumplings simmered in saffron scented creamy sauce.  This was excellent - a nice balance of flavours and this dish wasn't too creamy at all.


The Boy - who was slumming it down the Vego end of the table - decided on a Non-Vegetarian Thali ($18.00). Thali plates are AMAZING - perfect for the indecisive person who wants to try loads of different things and they are WAY more filling than the individual little dishes make them out to be. The plate comes with a mix of  vegetable curries, non-veg curries, roti, green salad, mixed pickles, raita and pappadums. And, you even get dessert!!! All on ONE PLATE!!!


There was a meat-festival going on at the other end of the table - all too hard to photograph from my end of the table whilst scoffing and photographing my own food.  Check our SarahKates blog for a low-down on what the carnivores got up to that night.

After dinner we wandered across the road to Taj for some amazing Indian Sweets...a good night was had by all I think - judging by the amount of groaning and belly rubbing that went on after we'd finished dessert.
Spice of Life is at 116 Wigram Street Harris Park. Phone them on 9762 1033.

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23 comments:

  1. I'd like to see those big platters with a big of everything in every single restaurant :)

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    1. Amen to that! Go to Tamana's in Newtown...they do a GREAT Thalai plate.

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  2. Yum, this all looks perfect for a cold night!

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  3. If having Miss Piggy "inflicted" upon me means more yummy and fun nights out, than inflict away! We had such a great meal! Lovely food and lovely new friends. Thanks so much for inspiring us to all venture to the Wild West! :)

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    1. I inflict myself on people left, right & center. You're taking it very well. LOL.

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  4. Indian is perfect for the weather we are having right now!! Sitting here and totally drooling on this wet, cold long weekend Monday.

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  5. I can confirm that the meaty end of the table had a great time too - thanks for looking after us all out there!

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    1. Good to hear...I was so worried you'd hate it out here.

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  6. Harris Park is somewhere I've been meaning to go for ages... so close.. but somehow I never get around to it.. must.put.on.list!

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    1. You should pay us a visit Thang...so many great restaurants to choose from. You'll love it.

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  7. Have heard that Harris Park is the go-to place for awesome Indian. Must head over here soon! And thalis are always so much fun :)

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    1. Helen, Harris Park is AWESOME! You should totally come for a visit to the Wild West.

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  8. Those platters look fab! I love that desserts on it too :D

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    1. It was a great feast that's for sure!

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  9. i havent ate indian for a longggg long time! and ive never tried any indian desserts either! oh what bad foodie i am :( the thali looks really good!

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    1. We don't eat it that often either...but Indian desserts are GREAT, super-dooper sweet though.

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  10. OMG that food looks AMAZING! I LOVE Indian!

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    1. I love it too...but don't eat it all that often. I tend to eat too much I end up leaving clutching my belly.

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  11. There are so many Indian restaurants in Harris Park, it really is a Little India! The Malai kofta sounds interesting

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    1. I love Malai Kofta...and Palak Paneer too (or however you spell it).

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  12. Personally haven't had the best experience with Indian food but you actually made this place sound so interesting! Hmm you may have swayed me to try it!

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