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.
not sure when it was ‘cheap’, however was wonderful food. With a household of 3 adults & 4 kids it is out of our budget, & my daughter has ‘mastered’ Indian cooking. [how lucky we are!]. I, [grandma], however am always looking for tasty, economical lunch places to enjoy with a glass of wine and my ‘book’. Did your Masala Dosa have meat in it? di
No, masala dosa is always just potatoes. Other places, including several nearby, do meat dosas. But not Aangan, going by their menu.
thank you. I live around the corner & am so slack, I haven’t walked & tried them all. 😉