UPDATE (July 29, 2012): Review of the new Pandu’s is HERE.
Dropping into the site of the new Pandu’s in Barkly St, I find the man himself in the house.
He’s a little reticent about having his photo taken, but couldn’t be more friendly and is happy to show me around.
And I gotta tell you – the place is looking a million bucks.
He tells me he actually had ritzy expansion plans for the former site in Buckley St well advanced before the rail link developments nixed them.
The new site entails a hefty increase in rent and a major investment – as these photos indicate.
Inevitably, this will involve higher prices for his take on Indo-Chinese tucker.
However, the prices at the old joint were rock-bottom cheap and he assures me his new price tags won’t be in the same ball park as those of a somewhat similar establishment up the road apiece.
Pandu is aiming for a late March opening date.
There’s going to be nooks, crannies and booths all over the place.
Incredibly, all the furniture is being crafted and constructed on-site.
The new restaurant will boast an Indian-style barbecue – not quite Tandoori cooking but with some of those elements. Sounds like a heap of juicy, marinated meats and vegetables to me!
This space (above) will be the site of the new kitchen.
In this area will be a waterfall and fish pond.