The announcement that the Victoria Hotel was introducing a Tuesday curry night claimed our attention.
And to be honest, we’re not sure why – with so many very affordable and often excellent curry options close to the refurbished pub (43 Victoria Street, phone 8320 0315).
Nat and I surmised that it might have been because we had such a fine time during our initial visit to the Middle Footscray establishment.
That visit’s favourable impression having since been reinforced by favourable feedback from friends and readers who had visited the place.
As well, based again on our enjoyment of the food previously, maybe the pub’s curry operation – hopefully – would provide something above and beyond the offerings of the local curry shops.
Whatever – we’re up for it!
So how do we go?
Pretty good, actually.
We’re offered two curry packages – paneer and peas makhani or kadai chicken.
We both go chook.
The curry meal deals cost $18 and come with a good-size bowl of chicken curry, rice, a fistful of papadums and red onion slaw.
Kadai, also known as karahi, is a simple curry made with many of the expected spices and capsicum.
Ours is mild and quite tangy.
We like that the boneless chicken has seemingly been chargrilled before being wed to the gravy.
The rice and papadums are fine.
The red onion slaw?
A bit disappointing.
We have been looking forward to an alternative to the frequently served (elsewhere) hard nobs of commercial mango pickle.
Our red onion mix is OK, but I would’ve loved a bit more tartness and zing.
Putting aside the likes of dosas, biryanis and thalis, if you ordered the components of our meal for dinner just about anywhere in West Footscray, it’d cost the same $18 or more.