Spicy Chef, 359 Barkly Street, Footscray. Phone: 9687 7224
This was something of an impromptu CTS gathering that came together very easily.
A spare Sunday night, a new Indian place to try, who’s in?
So it was that six of us gathered with just one aim in mind – to take for a spin the Spicy Chef opening special of biryani, starter, salad and drink for $11.95.
We had good meals but I suspect there’s plenty more to explore at Spicy Chef in the coming weeks and months – certainly the pricing (compared with other Footscray Indian places) is very reasonable on the menu proper across the usual range of curries and dosas.
The best thing about our meal deals was that they were served on thali trays and that constituted excellent all-round meals for one.
Like many people, perhaps even most, I usually struggle to go even close to finishing a regular, inevitably huge serve of biryani.
So having a smaller portion mixing it with a starter and salad (even if it is just some slices of carrot and cucumber) and a drink thrown in is a fine thing.
Perhaps other restaurateurs could take this idea and run with it!
Our biryanis were uniformly fine, with good raita and spicy gravy on the side and enough fried onion strands to make the rice dishes sing.
We mostly chose goat biryani and it was good, with quite a lot of meat that came from the bones quite easily.
The starters didn’t quite reach the same standard but were OK, ranging from onion bhaji (top photograph) to …
… egg bhaji to …
… eggplant fritters to …
… chicken 65.
This latter was Bennie’s choice and he probably did the best of us.