For some unknown reason, A and I hardly frequent Indian restaurants in Canberra however when we were in Perth, we’d regularly visit one of our many favourites. After smelling the amazing curry fragrances wafting from Jewel of India in Manuka during a few trips, we finally made it there for dinner.
When we arrived, we were seated in the middle of the relatively large restaurant. Looking at the menu, A and I quickly decided we’d order the ‘Speciality of the House’ – the Jewel Feast ($69.90 for two people). This feast features an assortment of items, including cauliflower 65, chicken tikka, lamb cutlets, tangdi kebab and tali jhinga with your choice of one meat and one vegetable curry, raita, naan, rice and pappadams. There was more than enough food to feed two very hungry people!
Our entrée platter arrived quickly and featured the Cauliflower 65 (deep-fried cauliflower florets in a spicy yoghurt and fresh curry leaf marinade), chicken tikka, tandoori lamb cutlets, chickpea dusted and fried prawns, and tangdi kebabs (grilled chicken drumsticks). There was so much meat on this entrée platter and each item tasted delicious. The favourite item for both A and I were the chickpea dusted and fried prawns, which were lightly coated in various spices and tasted incredible.
For our curries, we chose chicken tikka masala and dahl makhni. Both curries were full of flavour but the standout was definitely the dahl makhni. This is a signature dish of Jewel of India and is made with whole black lentils which are cooked with tomatoes, garlic, butter and cream. It’s a creamy, slightly sweet curry that is rich and fragrant. This was definitely a highlight of our meal.
A and I really enjoyed our dinner at Jewel of India and will definitely return. We both thought that the Jewel Banquet was exceptional value and I’m sure that we’ll order this again on our next visit. Jewel of India is BYO ($8 per bottle) but it’s important to note that there is a minimum cover charge of $25.00 at all times. All curries are gluten free and there are no peanuts used in the kitchen. Jewel of India’s website states that other special dietary requirements can be catered for.