Abhi's Indian Restaurant

Abhi's Indian Restaurant
Abhi's Indian Restaurant 

163 Concord Rd North Strathfield, NSW 2137

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Opening hours Mon-Fri & Sun noon-3pm, 6-10pm; Sat 6-10pm
Features Accepts bookings, Family friendly, Groups, Licensed, Vegetarian friendly, Wheelchair access, BYO, Events
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Chef Kumar Mahadevan, Ranjan Choudhury
Payments eftpos, AMEX, Cash, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 02 9743 3061
Free wine for Citibank cardholders here

Undiscouraged by its home on a busy road in suburbia or by its age (23 years and counting), Abhi's continues to exceed expectations. The restaurant's good looks - plush carpet, smart timber tables and a feature wall papered in silver and black paisley - are backed up by eager-to-please staff and a packed menu of enticingly aromatic dishes from all corners of India. Start, perhaps, with palak patta chaat and sundhiya. The two entrees complement each other beautifully; the creaminess of the lentil-battered spinach leaves, fried crisp and smothered in yoghurt, tamarind, chilli and mint sauces, is an ideal counter for the latter - garam masala-flavoured spheres of shredded lamb. Beef ambotik, a version of vindaloo, comes with the promise of chilli-heat but, owing to unexpectedly hot banana capsicum, Hyderabadi-style ennai kathrikai - a nutty eggplant curry - packs more of a punch. Pretty pink rose kulfi is the dessert of choice, topped with crushed pistachios.