Nestled deep in Potts Point territory, Delhi By the Way has joined the Indian culinary renaissance in Sydney recently, offering delicacies from the Indian capital.
Coming up to the corner of the restaurant, there were some confusion as to where the front door was (if you walked in through the cobbled backyard – that’s the wrong door). However, walking into the restaurant itself, we were greeted by a beautifully decorated place which still retained many facets of the previous Victorian era touches and gorgeous, on trend copper cutlery.
We were greeted warmly by the staff who showed us to our seats and after discussing some of his favourite dishes, proceeded to place our order. The Lahsooni Jheenga came first, we loved how the light tandoori coating and garlic flavours complemented the fresh white meat of the prawn. The dish also came on a bed of fried crisps and fresh cucumber yogurt dip which made it a refreshing start to the meal.
Lahsooni Jheenga, $16
Our second entree was the Ghilafi Kebab, which featured minced chicken rolls and had a small filling of masala goat’s cheese. A great sharing dish, the chicken mixed well with the cheese to provide a moreish entree. The bed of greens and onions on which the meat rested also provided the boy with some pickings after.
Ghilafi Kebab, $18
Moving onto the mains, we ordered some tasty garlic naan and cheese and shallot naan to accompany our curries. The Delhi version of butter chicken (Murgh Makhni) comes as a thicker, mild cream sauce with a sprinkling of nuts on top. The dish was slightly spicy and smooth buttery flavours which was great with the fluffy naans. Our other curry was the Gymkhana Goat, which was as expected, a hot goat curry that was strongly spiced with cardamom seeds and poppy. The spices used gave it a rich flavour and was also a hit with the boy. Only comment here was that a warning that the goat meat came with bones would have been nice, as you wouldn’t be able to tell with the sauces coating it. While both of the curries looked deceptively small in the bowls they came in, there was definitely more than enough of both curries to go around.
Murgh Makhni, $24
Gymkhana Goat, $25
Cheese & Shallot Naan, $6
Garlic Naan, $6
Rounding off our meal was the Gulab Jamun dessert of fried doughnut balls, which were sweetened and resting on a pool of sugar syrup. A warm dessert with caramel notes, it was served in decorative glassware and was easy to share between the two of us.
Gulab Jamun, $8
We had a fantastic contemporary Indian dining experience with the Yalumba Riesling (very reasonably priced bottle at $29), we would definitely be visiting again with a group of friends looking to share an eating adventure into Delhi without venturing out of Sydney!
Excuse Me Waiter dined as guests of Delhi by the Way