Delhi Nights, 13 Old Geelong Road, Hoppers Crossing. Phone: 8087 0295
As with so many unassuming shopping strips, it’s easy to miss the row of shops and eateries across the road from Hoppers Crossing train station.
It has a cool cafe in the form of Corinthians and I’ve heard that the pies at Pauls Traditional Bakery & Cafe are well worth a try.
But Indian on this strip?
We’ve never before noticed it.
Even Bennie is surprised, as this is all familiar territory to him on account of this tangle of rail lines and roads being part of his daily school routine.
Turns out we haven’t really been inattentive as Delhi Nights has been open only a couple of months.
It has all the hallmarks of being a good, cheap neighbourhood Indian eatery – plain but nice decor, a big display of sweets and savoury snacks, Bollywood on a big screen in the corner, a long menu and several tables of happy locals in for an early dinner.
Actually, perhaps the most notable thing about Delhi Nights is that it is open from 10pm through to 2am on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
At those times, a “Night Menu” (see below) of chaats and a half-dozen or so curries is in play.
How about that?
A late-night western suburbs curry joint in Hoppers Crossing.
I’m told the response to this innovation has been good.
The Delhi Nights menu covers all the expected bases, though the dosa and Indo-Chinese lineup is not as lengthy as those in most such places.
Best of all, from my biased point of view, the chaat menu extends to some sexy stuffed breads and the like – including aloo puri, pav bhaji, Amritsrai kulcha thali and aloo prantha thali.
My gobhi prantha thali ($11.99) is the goods, with an impressive pile of breads stuffed with a crumbly cauliflower mix.
These, though, are very spicy to my way of thinking and tasting, so I make no use of the pickle on hand but make very happy with the raita.
Bennie is very happy with his “dine-in” thali spcial ($11.99).
With this he gets his choice of a meat curry (lamb Madras is this case), a “chef’s choice” veg curry, a plain naan and raita.
The menu says he should also get saffron rice, as other customers are, but he worries not as what is in front of him is just right and he happily scoops up the lot.
All too often these sorts of thali deals seem to involve whatever tired curries happen to be lying around in the kitchen.
That’s certainly not the case here, with the chick peas in particular having a lovely freesh-cooked appeal.
The service has been fine and the papadums free.