Someone once told me that you get the best northern indian food in the following countries in order; India, UK and Australia.
Well i am pretty sure about the first two but i think Australia comes pretty close.
Why? Just look at the huge thriving indian population and naturally with more of them means a higher chance of getting good northern indian food.
Whether Curry Vault is the best around the city of Melbourne, who knows, but it was pretty decent when we visited last Monday.
The Pappadam are not oily and served with a fresh mint dip. A brilliant start, complimentary basket but from the menu, i get the understanding that you are charged AUD 2.80 for the next basket of 4.
You will find that with most northern indian meals i eat, the usual suspects are always there; the Palak Paneer (AUD 16.50) and the Butter Chicken (AUD 20.90). On this occasion we also had the Madras Fish Curry (AUD 22.90). The usual garlic naan (AUD 4.40) and saffron rice completes the meal. I must say the butter chicken is quite spot on, slightly too sweet, while the palak paneer was delish. The fish curry had alot of coconut going on and it tasted more sweet than spicy. The heat was missing.
The basmatic rice (AUD 3.90) is cooked according to their standard, dry enough to see every grain of rice, allows for the sauce to soak in to.
If you noticed the kashimiri naan in the first picture, this is more of a dessert naan, filled with nuts, raisins and coconut (AUD 5.90). This also surprisingly acted as good carbohydrate to mop up all the gravy.
Overall a good place for Northern Indian Food.
Now for all those in Melbourne, if you have the Entertainment Book / Card, you can get a 25% discount off your meal (not sure what is the limit) so the cost of the meal (after discount) was quite a reasonable AUD 61-62 for 3 pax. Otherwise, i need to ration my visits for northern indian food with my increasingly tighter budget.
Address and contact details:
18-20 Bank Place, Melbourne 3000
One of the alleys off Little Collins Street (between William and Queen Street)
Tel: 03-9600 0144
Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars, a decent place for indian food but i find the food slightly on the sweet side and the fish missing the heat that it needs. Maybe next time, we can try some spicier dishes but judging from my love for butter chicken and palak paneer, i am not too sure.