AJ’s Indian Restaurant

Aj's Indian Restaurant
Aj's Indian Restaurant 

58a Balaclava Road Eastwood, New South Wales 2122

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Opening hours Thurs-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm,Tues-Sun 5-10pm
Features Vegetarian friendly, Licensed, BYO
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Payments eftpos, AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
Phone 02 9874 9090

If an official ceremony could be held to declare this cosy Indian eatery a local treasure, its massive fan-base would be all for it. Attentive service from chatty owner and host Sanjay Sood is part of the charm, and the food is a cut above. Papdi chatt is a crunchy, tangy, chickpea-based starter, while paneer khumb, cheese-stuffed field mushroom, gets a flavour boost from ginger and coriander. Baingan tamatar, eggplant cooked in tomato, is a tad oily but sweet and smoky, while chicken chettinadu tests chilli tolerance levels. Skip the usual basmati for buttery, nutty pilau rice and the earthy wholemeal bread, lachha pratha.