Mishra’s Kitchen – another look

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Mishra’s Kitchen, 18 Wembley Ave, Yarraville. Phone: 9314 3336

Our adventures have taken us elsewhere since our first visit to Mishra’s Kitchen, but we are delighted to grab a last-minute opportunity to step out for a quick midweek dinner.

The place still has something of the feel of a sandwich shop, but it’s more Indian restaurant these days.

In any case, we find the vibe charming.

As are the friendliness and service.

Moreover, we tell our waiter that we are here for a quickie bite, not for a night out – it’s already late-ish on a school night and we desire not to tarry.

Our meal comes quickly, efficiently and full of flavour.

Maybe it’s time for a new rule for us – stop ordering stuffed breads.

Our Kashmiri naan ($3.50) and mint paratha ($3.50) are good.

But really, the fillings – a fruity mince in the former, mashed spuds in the latter – seem to add nothing to our eating experience.

Could be plain old chapati, paratha, naan is the way to go for us henceforth – cheaper for sure, and quite possibly more in harmony with the curries we order.

Ordering chicken korma ($11) is an easy choice given Bennie’s enthusiasm based on a delicious experience shared with his mum on another visit.

It’s a good call – this is the sort of distinctive dish that make us love places such Mishra’s Kitchen or Yummy India in Deer Park and their super honey-infused lamb lajawab.

My photo is misleading.

For starters, there’s a lot more chicken in there than appears to be the case.

Nor does the pic convey, of course, the mild yet rich flavour of the gravy.

This korma sauce consists of almonds, cashews, yogurt, a little coconut, mace, white pepper, garlic, ginger and onions.

Also used are kewra water, a sort of Indian version of rose water made with pandanus flowers, and a sprinkling of raisins.

So different, so good!

Aloo gobi ($9) is more along the lines of routine curry house fare – a nice mushy blend of cauliflower, spuds and spices.

I like it fine, Bennie finds it just a tad too spicy.

It’s been lovely to revisit Mishra’s Kitchen and find it can easily fit into the quick meal context.

Chef Sanjeev suggests next time we try one of the fish dishes.

We’ll be taking him up on that – maybe it’ll be way of boosting the lad’s current and profound lack of enthusiasm for just about anything fishy.

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8 thoughts on “Mishra’s Kitchen – another look

  1. Did you go here last night? We were JUST about to and then went for pub grub instead. Looking forward to checking it out really soon. The chef seems like the loveliest fellow. Do you know if they allow BYO?

    • Hi Lauren! Yes, last night – a spur of the moment thing. Yes, I suspect BYO is cool. There was another big table of folks there last night who IIRC were drinking beers not from the in-house fridge. You’d need to ring them to make sure, though.

  2. MIshra’s has become a family fave since your last review Kenny. Mum and Dad order the family standards, including some Aloo Paratha, whilst the eldest nips down to the bottleshop, a few doors down, for some cider (for Mum, dad gets to drive home ;-)). Most orders seem to be to take home, but we prefer to eat at the restaraunt because Mr Mishra is good fun. The outside tables are the go on hot nights, inside the shop is hellish.

  3. Off-topic for this post, but I was wondering if you had caught wind of this food-focused story about Melbourne (including a shout-out to Footscray) in the prestigious New York Times? Carol tripped over it even before I did, and as much as she used to bag Melbourne, she said it brought back fond memories for her.

    In truth, she’s keen on moving BACK Down Under (probably to the Byron Bay area, closer to Nimbin, heh-heh). Canadians, as I said before we left Melbourne, are nice people, but they’re boring as fuck. The land is lovely here, but too cold to grow much food for punters like us without greenhouses. The government is even more under the U.S. colonial thumb than Gillard and militarily-occupied Australia. By next year, the seaborne radioactive debris field from Fukushima should be washing ashore here. Radioactivity levels from the wind and rain are already going up, so what did Canada do? (As did the U.S.) They just stopped measuring!

    We have “unlimited ins-and-outs” privileges with our permanent residency until January 2014. My 3-year work visa here expires in November 2012, and the Canadian immigration bureaucracy has been less efficient than their Aussie counterparts. We filed the final parts of our arduous PR paperwork last October and haven’t heard diddley back yet. I reckon we’ll hang out here through the U.S. presidential election to how Obama (a lackey of the 1%) does against Rmoney (sic) who’s a bonafide member of the 1%. But it’s looking like we’re gonna up sticks again, mate.

  4. Just recently moved close by, so grabbed a brochure and was pleased to see gluten free and dairy free options marked which is pretty rare with indian food. Looking forward to trying it!

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