Saudagar has been a Footscray fixture for years.
I’ve had their cholle bhatura and tried some of their sweets.
But it’s never appealed as an obvious or attractive place in which to obtain a nice, cheap feed of Indian tucker.
So I am delighted – thrilled even! – to discover the place has been spruced up a bit with some new furniture and a much more welcoming look that says, “Come and eat here!”
Aside from the sweets, the prices – AFAIK – are the cheapest in the inner west: Vegetarian main courses all about $8, meat mains about $10, chicken biryanai $9.
I enjoy a vegetarian thali priced at $8.
Unbuttered naan – and that’s fine by me.
Excellent, uncreamy daal that has a nice hit of ginger and appears to be made of aduki beans.
Malai kofta – wonderfully delicate and toothsome potato and cheese balls in a creamy cashew nut sauce.
Fluffy rice, pickles, onion slices.
I love my Saudagar lunch but I’m not about to tell you that it’s exceptional in any way – and that’s a profound testament to just how rich we are in the west of terrific Indian food.