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Our love for Bombay is increasing

Return visit

Sometimes you can just get a craving for good Indian food, especially if you don’t eat meat. Indian food always has grea vegetarian dishes. Our absolute favourite is Palak Paneer (spinach and cottage cheese).  We could not help but go back to Bombay Affair because it is local, friendly and great value. Here’s a little photo journey of what we ate and loved.

Starters

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Pappadam and yogurt

Chaats: This restaurant has a range of chaats, which are small savory snack (these are often served road side in India).

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Puri
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Papdi Chaat – you have to eat this in one bite or beware!
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Samosa Chaat: or Mashed samosa (still a favourite)
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Masala Dosa filled with potatoes and spices with sauces

Mains

Palak Paneer:

Without doubt this remains one of our all time favourite dishes. Smooth and tasty this spinach and Indian cottage cheese never ceases to impress. Green spinach looks so healthy and the taste is amazing. We love dipping our naan bread in and scooping up the spinach – getting hungry just thinking about it!

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Palak Paneer
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Palak paneer being served

Some of our friends have a passion for Dahl and we have to admit this one was great. A little spicy but gorgeously smooth and tasty.

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Delicious lentil Dahl

The spinach and cheese naan is wonderful with a lot of flavour.

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Not pictured here but some of our group also had garlic naan and lamb curry.

Visited: 6 January 2017

Cost: $103 for food for six people sharing

Verdict: We still love it and will be back regularly; great value; great service

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Authentic Chinese – is it possible?

What’s authentic? This is something  that can be argued about time and time again.

Of course one of us comes from mainland China, so is pretty expert at ordering the very best of items from the menu at any local Chinese restaurant. We were out for a quick Wednesday evening meal to a place called Asian Court. The restaurant is located in the suburb of Robina on the Gold Coast is Queensland.

Appetiser

We ordered some vegetarian spring rolls to start with. Spring rolls are one “must-have” dish when Chinese people celebrate their Spring Festival. Every family in China cook this dish to celebrate the start of Spring. The spring rolls in Australia are a bit bigger than in China perhaps reflecting cultural adaptation.

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Vegetarian Spring Rolls
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Spring Roll

Main Dishes

For the main dishes, we ordered the eggplant with sweet and sour chilli sauce and the roast whole Barramundi. Both dishes are very traditional Chinese dishes.

The eggplant dish is a signature dish in Sichuan cuisine. The sweet and sour sauce contains soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, chilli and healthy amounts of fresh ginger, garlic and green onion. The sauce gives you a subtle salty-sweet-sour flavour with a hint of spiciness. Chinese people use the sauce to cook with different ingredients, including pork, chicken, eggplant and tofu. We usually prefer our eggplant vegetarian style but sometimes it is not available.

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Eggplant and chilli sauce with some pork – not vegetarian
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Eggplant

The roasted whole fish is another famous and traditional Chinese dish from Sichuan province. The fish is roasted until moist and tender, with a crispy surface. The accompanying vegetables (Chinese cabbage, seaweed, tofu, or any veggie you like) are cooked in Sichuan hot sauce with fresh chilli, then served at the bottom of the plate before placing the fish on top . A party for the eyes and the taste buds comes together in a single dish.

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Roast Barramundi – see those dried red chillies?
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Veg from the fish dish – lotus root was delicious

Visited on 16 November, 2016

Cost for three people: $70

Our verdict: Efficient and pleasant service; Good food. We will return.

 

Photo images from a second visit:

We went back for a second visit and tried a few more dishes. Some seafood wrapped in lettuce; meat in lettuce; calamari; seafood hot pot (dry); tofu and BBQ pork

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Kenny’s Malay Kitchen

It was a relatively cold and wintry night, so we felt like something spicy. A friend had previously told us about a little hidden gem – Kenny’s Malay Kitchen located at the Bowls club in Broadbeach Waters, Queensland (Australia).

We thought ‘why not?’ let’s just give it a go. We decided to arrive early (for us) around 6 PM and  have a quick meal. After looking at the menu – and also getting a Chinese version of the menu! – we decided to try some curry puffs and some roti bread as a starter. Both were excellent.

Chinese menu
Chinese menu
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Curry puffs and plum sauce

 

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Roti Bread

Next, we tried some salt and pepper soft shell crab (an all time favourite with us), as well as some prawn sambal and a tofu dish.

Salt & pepper soft shell crab
Salt & pepper soft shell crab
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Close up of crab
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Vegetarian Tofu

It was all very tasty and, for total price for three of us around $75, we thought it was pretty good value. This place is fully licensed and you buy your drinks at the bar adjoining the restaurant. Most drinks, such as a glass of wine or some beer cost about $5 each.

We enjoyed the food and agreed that we would come back for another cheap and cheerful meal. It is a simply decorated venue so don’t have high class expectations for the decor. We visited in June 2016.

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Simple decor at Kenny’s

Do you love a cheap and cheerful meal out?