We'd had a few Friday night cocktails before our 8:15pm table so were feeling merry and bright and oh so ready for a feed. Our table wasn't quite ready so we stood by the pass in the narrow corridor and our drinks order was taken by a friendly waiter.
The table wasn't too long and we were shown to a roomy one that could seat 4 but we had it all to ourselves. All the more surface area to put food on!
Our drinks arrived pretty quickly:
Blueberry Punch - Gin, Blueberry, Cucumber, Citrus
A fresh punch of Hendricks Gin, French Vermouth, peach and cucumber served with a trio of blueberry. An homage to the serving style of Madam Geneva bar in New York.
Pink Lady - Gin, Apple, Pomegranate, Citrus Rich yet refreshing this drink combines American apple brandy, gin, citrus and grenadine. Feminine in name, but definitely not just for the fairer sex.
Mine was the Pink Lady and I liked the sweetness and tartness of it and Shern really enjoyed her Blueberry Punch that had a hint of grassiness from the Hendricks and some interested strips of dehydrated blueberries that looked like seaweed.
Great cocktails to start off with so thoroughly recommend indulging on those!
Our waitress was friendly and definitely knew the menu and she offered to put something together for us but we were quite taken with some of the dishes so decided to go with what our tummies wanted. The good news is that a few of the curries come in half serves so there's more that can be eaten and shared.
- Tuna tartare, rice pappadum, pomegranate, ginger and fresh wasabi
- Soft-shell crab pakora with pickled cucumber, lemon, chilli and mint
The tuna tartare was delicious. Light and fresh with hints of warming wasabi and then the sweetness of pomegranate bursting here and there. Dolloped on a piece of cracker reminiscent of a prawn cracker, texture and flavour is all there.
Where the tuna was delicate and fresh, the soft shell crab was all about richness and a punchy flavour of salt and pepper rescued with a the soft tang of the pickles.
The cocktails we started off with were great and this continued through to these opening numbers. We were very pleased.
- Duck korma, apple and vanilla spiced beetroot
And then our last course we went back to seafood and had the:
- Goan curry with barramundi, Spring Bay mussels, Mooloolaba prawns and Kashmiri chilli
I love a fish curry and I fell in love with this one. Where the duck curry was about warming spice, this one was packed with heat and caught us in the back of the throat but we loved it. There were a few prawns in there, couple of pieces of fish with crispy skin, some mussles and some green beans. The sauce was delicious with rice and the seafood was perfectly cooked.
Shern and I thoroughly enjoyed our food, our cocktails and the bottle of wine we had. We didn't have room for dessert but are excited about returning for more incredible Indian cuisine.