Headed for St Albans with no particular joint or genre in mind for Sunday lunch, I pass a Curry Leaves (463 Ballarat Road, Sunshine) that is full of happy activity so I double back, park and proceed.
It’s busy – a heap of people in the kitchen and even more in the dining room, including one big party of about 30.
I’m told that, among other things, they’ll all be getting lamprais.
I’ve aborted my further west travel plans with just one plan in mind – to have the same kind of biryani I spied another customer having when I dropped in for a mid-week dinner earlier in the week.
This is the first Sri Lankan biryani I’ve had – and I simply love the fact that it’s recognisably the same dish I’ve had countless times at Indian restaurants in the west yet also one that displays marked differences.
The rice is a deeper yellow-going-brown that is studded with onion slices and curry leaves.
The lamb – unlike the on-the-bone version I’ve had almost without exception in Indian eateries – is boneless and cubed.
It is, however, very, very well done – though not to such an extent it affects my enjoyment.
The raita is much creamier than I am used to and packed with finely diced vege (I’m guessing – capsicum, onion, cucumber and, maybe, tomato).
The eggplant moju is a sweet alternative to the usual tart pickle.
The whole boiled egg has been given a grizzled exterior.
This a ripper dish for $12.95.
See earlier story here.