The perpetual blog-driven need for the new and interesting can mean old reliables are overlooked.
But as it happens, this very mid-week lunchtime I am in the mood for Indian snacky stuff.
And I am in Footscray.
So I step through the doorway of Kitchen Samrat (36 Leeds Street) for the first time in years.
I am surprised and delighted to find the place has gone from shabby to somewhat chic.
It looks like a proper Indian restaurant now.
There’s even real cloth napkins, the classy effect of which are rather diminished by there being some dried food crud on the bench seat I initially choose.
The menu is longer and also more proper, and includes a number of good-looking banquet options.
Perhaps a lingering and wide-ranging CTS meal here is warranted.
But I spy with delight that the quick lunch items such as cholle bhatrua at Amritsari kulcha ($12) are still in the house.
The latter is just lovely – chick peas, butter knobs, pickle, onion and two wonderful breads stuffed with potato, coriander and spices.
Oh wow it looks almost completely different from when we visited about 2yrs ago!