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.
Chaats: This restaurant has a range of chaats, which are small savory snack (these are often served road side in India).
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!
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.
The spinach and cheese naan is wonderful with a lot of flavour.
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
It was just after the new year had hit and we thought a trip to somewhere healthy was in order. As we love Instagram for finding new restaurants we had come across a hidden away little place that serves coco soft-whip, goji and other delights. This place is located on the Gold Coast, Australia in Clear Island Waters. Goji Granola Bar and Cafe is tucked away in a quiet neighbourhood with easy parking and access by car.
We set out as a group of four. One member decided to order the fruit toast and marmalade, while the rest of us went for poached eggs on toast with avocado.
The toast was a real hit! It was full of fruit and toasted to perfection. The marmalade was tangy and tasted of fresh oranges making us think of our visited to the market where we can purchase fresh oranges.
Three of us opted for the eggs. We ordered two serves – one for our male friend and one for us to share.It came with two eggs, perfectly poached and two slices of toast.
This place is known for its smoothie goji bowls served with homemade granola. We went for the coco soft-whip i the duo of vanilla and charcoal. Apparently charcoal is good for hangovers.
Visited: 2 January 2017
Cost: $64 for four people and a holiday loading
Verdict: We enjoyed the food and the coco soft. The coffee was good but not as strong as we like.
We were wondering where to eat and fancied something a little spicy and suitable for vegetarians. After a bit of a search we settled on Bombay Affair, located in Southport, Queensland. One of the reasons we love Indian food is that it really does provide the very best options for vegetarians.
The first appetiser that we had was particularly interesting. These were little mouthfuls of crispy pastry filled with some cheese and tamarind. Very much the sort of dishes you have to put straight into your mouth otherwise when you bite them you will have quite a serious mess!!
Other little appetisers included some little potato patties that were very interesting.
One of the dishes described on the menu as smashed Samosa really took a fancy. As it turned out, this was one of our all-time favourites and having been back to the restaurant again on two occasions this dish has been reordered several times.
Anyone who knows us will also know that if we go to an Indian restaurant is not possible for us to have a meal without ordering the Paalak Paneer. This version did not let us down. There was plenty of spinach and plenty of the Indian style cheese.
We are big fans of beautifully cooked rice, and this one lived up to our expectations. Cooked with some cumin seeds the rice was fluffy and plentiful.
On the side, we had some lentil dal – the dish was really tasty and went very well with the rice.
It’s really hard to go past the spinach and cheese naan bread. This bread was soft and filled with a wonderful combination of spinach and melted cheese. Truly delicious. We also had some garlic naan to those people who did not fancy the richer cheesy variety.
This meal was a winner and led to us going back on a couple more occasions. Even writing this blog makes us want to go back and enjoy another Indian meal at Bombay Affair.
Cost per head was about $ 20-25. We loved it and will be back again!
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.
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.
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.
Just a short note to report on the visit to the New Shanghai in Melbourne. Time was short but the urge for a dumpling came on. Wonder why? We love dumplings – you can probably tell from some of our reviews.
Just want to share few photos and say we will be going back to try a few more items on our next Melbourne visit.
The dumplings were very nice and a serve is quite generous. Visited in May 2016.
This week we checked out Cardamom Pod at Ferry Road. It was just a quick trip as it was before our yoga class. We ordered some coffees and decided to share an Apple Pie with Green Matcha Ice Cream.
The place was buzzing even though it just opened a couple of days ago. We took the opportunity to take a few photos of the decor when we waited for a coffee and food.
Service was great everyone was very friendly and helpful. The menu looks fabulous with lots of savoury and sweet offerings. Peeping across the tables at other people’s meals (we know shouldn’t do it!) some of the food looked absolutely stunning.
A coffee arrived in rather a large cup, our personal preference is for a small cup so next time we would clarify this with our waiter. The Apple Pie with Matcha Ice Cream looked a stunner and tasted really great. One thing we can say is that the meals here are really large and for many people it might be good to share a dish unless you are particularly hungry or are someone with a big appetite. Also, we should say we are not really big eaters so it might just be our preference.
We will definitely be going back and sampling the lunchtime menu everything at Cardamom Pod looked great. Can’t wait to try the savoury waffles with avocado – spotted these going to another table and they looked yummo.