The June lunch was held at Nilgiri’s which has been a long standing lower North Shore Indian restaurant and has recently opened in Cremorne.
The lunch started off with a glass of NV Chandon Brut Sparkling Rose before we sat down to a medley of wonderful spicy flavours of shared plates from an extensive menu.
To start small plates of Pappadums with lemon pickles, raita of the day, sweet mango & nigella marmalade. These were a good tantalising taste to start the meal.
Ajwaini Jhinga – Paprika & carom-scented Prawns, chickpea flour batter, curry leaf mayonnaise.
Pulled Chicken with Rotli – hand pulled oven-cooked Chicken Breast, spanish onions, mint & coriander chatni & roti
Saunf Ka Bund Gosht – Diced leg of lamb fennel coated, tandoor-cooked, fennel raita
Moong Dal Samosa – pepper flavoured pastry, spiced mung lentils, mashed potatoes, tamarind chutney
These prawns were rated from delicious to overcooked but one comment was that the excellent nigella marmalade dip went better with the prawns than the curry leaf mayonnaise.
The presentation of the Pulled Chicken dish was excellent and the meld of flavours of spices and coriander and mint were all detected.
The slices were a generous taste of the Samosa and flavours were well balanced.
The lamb entree – Saunf Ka Bund Gosht was considered a little dry but good flavour.
Quilon Fish – Fillet of Ling fillet, mustard, star anise, fresh curry leaf and coconut sauce
Murgh Tikka Makhni – Chicken thigh tandoor cooked, honey & fenugreek flavoured tomato sauce
Boti Zaaffraani Korma – Diced leg of lamb, saffron, ground cashew nuts & yoghurt sauce
Achari Gobhi – Cauliflower florettes, pickling spices, nigella & cumin, mustard oil & fresh ginger
Chat potatoes, cumin & green chillies
All served with steamed basmati rice & selection of breads
All of the main dishes rated highly with a good number of 10’s on the rating forms.
The dessert at the lunch was a Coconut Kulfi – a refreshing end to the meal.
The wines on the day were :
Paulett Reisling 2015 Clare Valley SA
Xanadu Fusion Chardonnay 2015 Margaret River
Leasingham Bin 61 2015 Shiraz Clare Valley SA – served as a mystery wine
The Society had the restaurant to themselves which is always a bonus and the staff coped well but were unsure of opening and pouring wines at the correct time.
A well balanced flavoursome lunch and many will return.