punjabi curry cafe

87 Johnston Street, Collingwood 3066
(03) 9419 5307
www.punjabicurrycafe.com

The Chana Masala with Saffron Rice and Garlic Naan Bread

Usually I don’t let my blogging influence my eating but today, rather than tucking into my millionth Grill’d burger, I decided I should review something a bit different and after seeing friends purchase from Punjabi Curry Cafe a few times for their late night snacking, I was intrigued. As any semi-knowledgeable vego knows, any sort of Asian food usually has at least some vego options and Indian is no exception. Indeed, Punjabi has sixteen vegetarian mains available and with cheap $4 delivery to Parkville (free to surrounding suburbs of Collingwood), it’s hard to say no.

After taking about an hour to decide, I figured I should try something reliable, as I was in no mood to test whether spinach and cottage cheese are wise ingredients for a curry. Thus, I bought the Chana Masala, a fairly straight-forward chickpea curry with the option to go hot or mild, as well as some plain saffron rice and the garlic naan bread. All up, it was about $17 and delivery took approximately 45 minutes. Unfortunately though, when it was eventually delivered, they had forgotten my friend’s butter chicken. We didn’t notice until after they had left but a quick call meant they returned shortly with the missing dish and a complimentary dumpling dessert. It was not a great start to the meal but forgiveable.

By the time I got my food, I was so hungry so I was keen for a good feed. And what I received was. The curry was tasty and given the chickpeas, seemed quite protein-packed. However, it was spicier than I was expecting, given that I ordered the mild version, so I was forced to chug about a litre of apple and mango juice so as to not set on fire. Most people who love their spice can probably deal but not me. To make things worse, it seemed like my garlic naan was also quite spicy so that provided little refuge for my poor fleeing taste-buds. I was a little disappointed to see that the naan was a little burnt, and it was a touch too chewy for my tastes but overall it satiated my garlic cravings. The curry was a standard takeaway serving so, as with all the other times I’ve ever ordered Indian, it’ll probably last me for days.

Overall, it was a decent meal but I feel like it’s easy to make a good curry but next to impossible to make an amazing curry. Regardless, I enjoyed the convenience of cheap delivery and free dessert is always good.

  • Taste: 5/10
  • Nutrition: 6/10
  • Atmosphere: 5/10
  • Cost: 8/10
  • Convenience: 8/10
  • Overall: 32/50

Conclusion: Tasty. Worth trying.

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