Chutneys, 8/1 Elgar Road, Derrimut. Phone: 8361 7588
There’s Indian food in the Derrimut area, but this new place Chutneys is worthy of celebration because it’s the first of its kind there.
No butter chicken at this place.
But there is Indo-Chinese, biryanis, dosas, chaat dishes, uttapams and thalis – all at very cheap prices and served up in friendly cafe-style premises (see menu below).
Vegetarian thali hits the spot with its recipient, CTS pal Marnie, who works her way through the lot …
Sambar (as served with dosas), dal, a suitably mushy vegetable curry with good knobs of cauliflower and a very good dry carrot curry.
There’s raita and a papadum joining the rice and the deal is sealed with some good, sweet halva.
Nice job for $10.95.
My vegetable uttapam ($10.95, top photograph) is just as good.
The “pizza” is fresh, hot and moist in its centre, and goes just right with the same accoutrements served with dosas and idlys.
On an earlier visit with the Nat Stockley crew, our choices run to the Indo-Chinese portion of the menu.
The prawn noodles ($14.95) are a highlight – fresh, light and expertly cooked with as little oil as the kitchen could get away with.
The pepper chicken ($11.95) is another good ‘un and very tasty.
For our other choices we select from the “wet” Indo-Chinese options with somewhat mixed results.
The chilli fish ($13.95) is lovely, but …
… the chilli chicken ($11.95) and …
… gobi Manchurian ($11.95), while also enjoyable, have a certain sameness about them in terms of seasoning, texture and flavour.
Still, these are small quibbles given the prices and location.
Chutneys will doubtless become very popular.
Memo to self: When ordering Indo-Chinese, stick with the dry option!