I have a lot of fond memories of eating at Guru da Dhaba in Johnston St. I met my now sister-in-law there for the first time, had many a boozy boozy dinner there, and the first meal in our new house was take-away from there, eaten in the back garden while slugging champagne. A little while back I phoned Guru to order some take-away and the phone was disconnected. Odd. I walked past a few days later and the place was boarded up.
Soon enough, a new Indian restaurant emerged there, Tandoori Station. I decided to wait it out before giving it a try but it turned out I waited too long. By the time I got around to trying the place, it had changed from Tandoori Station to Fitzroy Curry House.
Unperturbed by the new ownership, my mate M declared we should give it a try and we headed there on a Friday night. It was… quiet. Service was exceedingly friendly, I felt they really wanted to please and for us to like them. In this regard, a complimentary starter was sent over – onion bhajia:
Yes it was deep fried onion. Tasty and crispy and also gluten-free.
I should add that the menu pleased me in that it clearly identified the gluten-free items (which was basically everything except the samosa and the breads). While I would assume most Indian food is gluten-free it is nice to see it clearly identified.
Mild, full flavoured and garlicy these were nice.
We then ordered a heap of curries – lamb korma ($12.50):
Mixed subzi (vegetable) – $9.50:
North Indian Goat curry ($13.50):
Sure, the gluten-free naan is not as good as the real thing, but being realistic, nothing gluten-free is as good as the original. I was hugely over excited to be able to eat naan again, so this was a definite win for me.
As to the rest of the meal, the goat curry was the stand out – rich, tender meat that was cooked on the bone. A little fatty in parts. The lamb korma was fine; the meat was very tender. The vegetable curry was good. The dal was not as good as Guru da Dhaba’s dal but was still enjoyable and flavoursome, though perhaps a little heavy on the garlic.
All in all, no it is not Guru da Dhaba but I’ll need to move past that. I think it was a solid meal and I will definitely eat there again. The Fitzroy Curry House has the same owners and menu as the Carlton Curry House, so they must be doing something right. Hopefully some more people will start frequenting the Fitzroy Curry House so it does not suffer the same fate as Tandoori Station! Give it a go and let me know what you think!