Monday 20 July 2009

Maya Da Dhaba

I usually have a disdain towards Indian restaurants that try to class it up. Mainly because I don’t want to pay the surcharge for the environment and ambience. In Maya Da Dhaba, I make this exception. Only because the food is so damn good. And it’s not completely snooty, wooden tables are bare, no relief for bums on the matching seats, though wine glasses and linen cloths folded on plates at the ready to serve and protect from spills.

I’m glad that they provide the giant hankies, because getting out the lamb saagwalla would be quite difficult. The lamb is completely broken down in a stew of fresh English spinach, fenugreek, onion and garlic that’s wonderfully medium in heat. Vegetarians should enjoy the Dal Makhani, lentils cooked Maya Dhaba style, as this carnivore did. I still taste the smooth, rich butter chicken, beautifully mild yet not overly sweet and overbearing.

Maya Da Dhaba might not be a fine diner, but its food is finer than most Indian joints in Sydney. Class inside and in the kitchen.

4 / 5 yums!
Where? 431 Cleveland St, Surry Hills, NSW
What? Dishes under $15

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