CURRY SMUGGLER CAFE, FITZROY: Curry Smuggler is now at the top of my list of top Indian restaurants in Melbourne! Nestled along a busy area in the heart of Fitzroy, Curry Smuggler is a casual dining spot with authentic Indian vibes, and a classic Indian menu featuring all the standards of warm flaky naan bready, flavoursome butter chicken, an all-round flavours that made it perfect for a Melbourne dinner during the cold winter.
The good fat: Having tried lassi before as it’s really the perfect spice quencher, I was delighted to be reminded of how refreshing and smooth the traditional yoghurt drink was – so highly recommended to order either the mango or original lassi! The entrees of samosas and salmon tikka were a great start – the salmon was flavoursome with crispy skin, and the crumbliness of the samosa pastry was delightful.
My usual problem with Indian food is that curry flavours seem very intermingled and similar after a while, so we opted for the Tawa Chicken, that featured a smoke flavoured traditional curry served with smoked onions and capsicum on hot plate, which contrasted with a very classic, Butter Chicken with tandoori chicken spices. Luckily this wasn’t a problem at all this time! The butter chicken was creamy and hearty, with the tandoori chicken cooked so tenderly. On the other hand, the Tawa chicken had a slight smokiness to it, reflecting its cooking and had more of a subtler curry flavour but strong hints of spiciness and chilli.
The bad fat: Whilst the texture of both our naan breads were super flaky and warm, the garlic naan didn’t really have hints of the garlic flavouring that I usually love. On the other hand, the Kashmiri naan featuring almond, cashews and sultanas was really sweet that it pretty much became more of a dessert naan which we were quite unaccustomed to. I also found the tawa chicken incredibly oily, so a little less generous on the oil would be great for future (for those watching our LDL cholesterol)
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES – For anyone who needs to satisfy their Indian food cravings, head to Curry Smuggler for a great Melbourne dinner restaurant with a casual and cosy atmosphere!
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2wofatgirls would like to thank Curry Smuggler Cafe for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration