2/20-22 Macquarie Street Parramatta, NSW 2150
The decor is as homely as the food and, in more ways than one, it’s like a backyard party at auntie’s place. With a smile normally reserved for friends, the proprietor waves diners over to peruse the day’s lunch specials. They’re displayed in the food warmer, nestled below a thatched hut threshold. Butter chicken is sweet and velvety, while the eggplant and okra curry packs a zesty punch. String hoppers, the classic South Indian/Sri Lankan staple, are ideal for making the most of the rich sauces. Servings are generous, yet free pappadams with fried anchovies and peanuts beckon from a side table.