At my previous workplace, I met a lovely Indian lady who was a bit of a foodie as well. She would bring in a lot of Indian sweets to share with the team or would urge you to try elements of her lunch. At some point, I asked where she would recommend for an authentic Indian meal in Perth. She quickly suggested Anghiti in Innaloo and I’ve been meaning to try it since (which was at least 18 months ago!). On another date night between A and I, A organised dinner and a movie – dinner at Anghiti followed by the film, The Best Marigold Exotic Hotel.
Anghiti is located within a strip of shops on Scarborough Beach Road, opposite Bunnings in Innaloo. From the outside, Anghiti looks quite basic, but it is quite modern inside. Anghiti sees itself as the “Masters of Indian Cuisine in Perth”, which is a big claim. It was recently named the National Winner of the 2012 “I Love Food” awards for ‘Favourite Indian Restaurant in Western Australia’ and features traditional North Indian cuisine, cooked within an “anghiti” – a traditional indian charcoal stove that supposedly provides an even distribution of heat to the cooking pots.
When we arrived, I mentioned to A that I felt like a completely vegetarian meal for something different and she was happy to give it a try as well. After a short deliberation, we ordered two glasses of the Taylors Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($7), a serving of the Onion Bhajia ($12.50) and two servings of Pappadums ($1.50) to start with. For our mains, we ordered the Palak Paneer ($22) and the Dal Masala ($18) curries to share, as well as a serving of Basmati rice ($6.50), Garlic naan ($5.50) and Methi Naan ($5).
The Onion Bhajia arrived first and it was quite a large serving – there was easily enough for four people. They were extremely crispy on the outside, with the Julian mashed potatoes and chopped onions soft in the middle. There was a lot of flavour within these onion bhajia’s, and the BBQ sauce was a lovely accompaniment that added a bit of sweetness.
A didn’t eat much of the onion bhajia, instead she feasted on the Papadums and the accompanying sauces.
I love Palak Paneer, which is a curry made with cottage cheese and finely shredded spinach within a thick curry sauce. Anghiti’s version had textured pieces of cottage cheese and lots of spinach flavour. The curry itself wasn’t too spicy and was really enjoyable.
Dal Masala is my favourite curry, as it consists of my favourite ingredients – lentils, fresh onion, tomatoes and coriander leaves, which are then added to masala spices. The end result is a smooth curry that has a huge amount of flavour and a little bit of spice. A perfect dish and Anghiti did an excellent job in the balance of flavour.
The serving of basmati rice was enough for two. In my opinion, I would have liked the garlic naan to have a bit more garlic flavour, but it was still an excellent side. The methi naan is made with Fenugreek leaves, adding a slight bitter flavour.
The service on the night was really friendly and I really liked the venue, with the high back chairs that are super comfy and the glass-fronted kitchen at the back of the restaurant, allowing you to watch the “masterchefs” in the kitchen. I also really enjoyed the food and found that the serving sizes were quite large. The drinks are reasonably priced and they have a large selection of wines, beers and spirits available.
Last week I posted whether $18 and $22 for vegetarian curries was expensive on my Facebook and Twitter feeds. I had a lot of varying responses – some saying that is typical for Perth which is highly overpriced, while others stated that it was reasonable as long as the food, quality and service were all good. My personal thought is that I found it quite pricey, but in saying that I still recommend Anghiti due to the excellent food and service.