One of those impromptu nights, we decided to find a place from the Book. After considering traffic jam, car parks, bookings, discounts and cuisine (good places usually are fully booked and no walk ins are considered), I called up Agra at James a couple of hours before dinner and got a booking.
Considering the enthusiastic reviews on Urbanspoon, the place was relatively empty on a Friday night although when we left we saw two big tables of at least 10-15 people being seated. I shudder to think of the waiting time if we had arrived after them!
So was the food any good? To test, I ordered my staple dishes.
The Butter Chicken came out too sweet with no oomph from the spices. Although edible, it was certainly a let down.
I suspect maybe sugar was mistakenly put in the salt jar because the Palak Paneer came out too sweet as well. On top of that it was rather watery as well, missing the elements of spice.
With the first two dishes rejected outright by the Wife, we dived into the menu and ordered a Fish Curry.
The only dish that wasn't sweet and was heavily scented and flavoured with coconut. While we thought the sauce was acceptable, the Wife questioned the quality of the fish fillet used.
However, they do know how to make their naan and rice well and I happily overloaded it with sauce; sweet or otherwise.
I couldn't resist an Indian Beer to finish off the meal.
Not terribly impressed and I think this is going to be a long trial and error journey to find some really good authentic Northern Indian cuisine.
With the 25% discount voucher, our meal was around the AUD20-25 per pax range.
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