Sharma’s Indian Sweet & Curry House, 4/350 Taylors Rd, Taylors Lakes. Phone: 9356 4400
Sharma’s has been open for about a year and is situated in a small shopping centre a few blocks from Watergardens Town Centre.
Outside and in it superficially looks like a simple suburban Indian takeaway joint.
It doesn’t take too much of a closer look, though, to discover this is emphatically not the case.
Sharma’s is some serious Indian foodery, let me tell you.
They have so many bases covered, at prices significantly below those of more formal Indian places, that I am excited about the prospects of returning with my co-blogger and various friends in coming months.
I am saddened that Sharma’s is not just around the corner.
I am frustrated that today’s weekend solo outing so restricts my ability to graze the menu.
On the extensive menu they list dosas, Punjabi breakfast fare and chat snacks such as bhel puri.
And instead of a single goat dish as featured at so many Indian places, Sharma’s lists five.
There’s an Indo-Chinese section, meat curries are about the $13 mark, vegetable curries about $10 and the bread listing is long.
At the counter there are fine-looking displays of lusciously rich sweets ($18-24 a kilogram) and salty, crunchy spicy snacks know as namkeen ($16 a kilogram). I buy two $2 bags of the latter to take home – one heavy with puffed rice and peanuts, the other with crunchy noodles.
They even list six soups – and it’s with one of those that I start my lunch. I regret, though, ordering the lentil number ($4) when seeing and tasting how they do mushroom soup may’ve been far more interesting.
Consisting of dals mung, masur and channa, and turmeric, salt and mustard seeds, this is about as straitlaced as Indian food gets. It’s fine in its own plain way, but may be better appreciated as part of a thali or Indian vego feast.
Next up, I simply can’t resist Sharma’s version of the irresistible thali spread of puris, chick pea curry, yogurt and condiments that is here called chana bhatura – despite the nagging feeling that I should be pursuing more variety on behalf of Consider The Sauce and its readers.
Hey, it’s my lunch, OK, and I’ll try to do better next time …
Seriously, though, I don’t think the bar can go much higher on this dish than what I am served here – it’s magnificent in every way:
Puris hot, fresh and no more oily than is acceptable.
Yogurt creamy, lightly perfumed with cumin and a little on the sweet side.
Chick peas very good with a mild chilli kick.
Commercial piquant hot pickle, a little dab of spicy mint chutney and crunchy red onion bits.
And the price – $7.50!