Aangan Indian Restaurant, 559 Barkly St, West Footscray. Phone: 9689 4175
Aangan’s food has come our way several times – all of them well before Consider The Sauce was launched.
In its earliest days, Aangan was a very makeshift affair with a small but ridiculously cheap range of food.
Just our kind of place in other words!
We visited again a few times when it went more formal and ritzy.
Since then, it has lost out in our affections to the plethora of places doing hit-and-run thalis, dosas, biryanis and other super cheapo Indian tucker in this part of West Footscray and elsewhere not too far away in the inner west.
I recall being told by a pal that Aangan was introducing a lunch menu more of the street food, cheap eats orientation in order to meet the challenge posed by its neighbouring competitors.
That information lay dormant until I happened to be passing and saw a mid-week table occupied.
OK, let’s give it a go!
The lunch menu advice I had received is correct – I am delighted to find quite a long list of goodies at very affordable prices.
They include gol guppe, cholley bhuturey, Punjabi parantha, some Indo-Chinese dishes and the expected idlis, vadas and dosas.
(I have used their spellings as on the Aangan lunch menu – see below.)
But what’s with the thalis, be they meat or vegetarian?
They are listed as including one chaat dish, entree, three curries, raita, salad, rice, roti and dessert.
Blimey – I am seriously intrigued.
But at $20, they’ll keep for a more special occasion.
Besides, they sound like they may be a sharing proposition.
So a modest masala dosa ($9.50) it is for me.
It’s very good.
Though the pancake itself is among the smallest I have ever encountered.
But the filling of turmeric-tinged potatoes, mustard seeds, curry leaves and onions providing textural diversity is very fine indeed.
I am served two coconut-based chutneys, though struggle to perceive any difference between them.
The third, red and usually more spicy accompaniment is rather mild but good.
The nice-and-salty sambar is also mild, but I gleefully slurp up the whole lot.
It’s great to know there’s another very affordable Indian lunch option available in this neighbourhood.