Aki’s prawn vendakai curry
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Back in the 90′s when growing up, Indian food was always stereotyped as looking unfriendly (considering nothing could be seen underneath that delicious curry sauce). Over the years Indian food has definitely reached the mouths of many cultures and become a cuisine where people are not afraid to try something new.
I do know that many people still may refuse to step into an Indian restaurant due to the unfamiliarity of what to order or what to have. I’ve been to many Indian restaurants and I truly believe if you are one who is scared to venture out, you should definitely give it a try because your missing out on so much great food and culture.
Aki’s is definitely the kind of Indian restaurant where you will be guaranteed to have a fantastic Indian experience. Brilliant Chef / Owner Kumar Mahadevan’s mission is based on local fresh produce bringing flavours from Southern India. Aki’s also has a sister restaurant in North Strathfield called ‘Abhi’s’ which I’ve been going to for many years and is considered my ultimate favourite Indian restaurant!!
Crab with iddiappam (Aki’s Special) – Blue swimmer crab, black mustard seeds, fresh tomatoes and ginger, served with traditional tamil brown rice string hoppers served with a coconut broth.
The way to eat this is smearing a couple of teaspoons of coconut broth over the crab and Tamil brown rice string hoppers (fine noodles). When eaten, flavours are phenomenal with the interesting texture when combined. The noodles soaks up all of the yummy flavours from the broth and crab making this a dish very different to anything I’ve ever experienced at an Indian restaurant.
Palak patta chaat
Without having a clue what this dish was, I was surprised by how beautiful the colours were on this mountain of crispy spinach leaves. Texture was very crunchy and seeing the crispy leaves once broken was definately something I wish I took a photo of to show you its crispy interior.
Taste was very yogurty with its combined sauces of mint and sweet tamarind sauce which brought the sweetness out in this dish. When eating this dish, I thought it was going to be soggy considering I had left it last to eat on the starters dish. To my surprise it stays very crispy the whole entire time! *thumbs up*
Madras prawn vendakai – A traditional South Indian dish of jumbo prawns and fresh okra with shallots, coconut, tamarind, mustard, fenugreek and cumin seeds.
When i first saw this on masterchef boy I was craving for curry!!! It looked so good and I remembered people at work talking about how appealing the curry looked. As soon as I saw this was on the menu, there was no questions about ordering it.
Jumbo prawns were huge and extremely fresh almost like it had just been plucked out of the ocean. The flavours with a tinge of spiciness lingered my mouth (sooo good) that we made sure the curry sauce was completely wiped up and polished off using our naan bread. The okra and the combination of cumin seeds were a brilliant combination. I often think okra is an underrated vegetable with many people unfamiliar on how to cook it. MASTERCHEF FANS!! – definitely must try!!!
Wagyu beef ullathu (Aki’s Special Menu) – beef medallions pan fried, dry roasted coconut, coriander seeds, ginger, coconut oil and garnlished with fresh curry leaves
When eating with a male, they always look for something meaty on the menu and this one seemed to appeal to his eye the most. Wagyu beef was tender and the medallions were perfectly sized. The caramelised onions and the perfect balance of herbs and spices made this dish brilliant.
Admiring the different spices which were used, made me realise you don’t see anything like this at other Indian restaurants. It explains why Kumar’s expertise in balancing spices is one of a kind!
Chicken Makhini – Aki’s ‘Butter Chicken’ roasted in the tandoor and then pan finished with a subtly
spiced blend of tomatoes and cream and dry fenugreek leaves
When going to an Indian restaurant, its a must to order curry. I’ve had a few butter chicken’s in my time and I thought I’d see how this compares as I know Butter King & Queen (Mcky & Ll) will definitely be asking me how this compared to all the Indian restaurants I’ve been to.
Its a different kind of butter chicken. This one isn’t as sweet as some are. This seems to be more of a yogurt based curry hence the ligter tone of orange. Chicken pieces were soft and tender and very generous.
Saffron basmati rice
I always order a side of rice when having curry, it always balances out the meal.
No point going to Indian if your not gonna order naan. It’s a must have!! Best thing I love about naan is letting the curry absorb into the naan!
Indian Kulfi icecream
I’ve had a few indian kulfi icecreams at various indian restaurants. Couple of weeks ago I experienced the worst which came out looking and tasting nothing like this.
When dining at Abhi’s at north Strathfield I always look forward to Kulfi ice-cream as it is always “THE BOMB”. Considering Aki’s and Abhi’s is the same restaurant, we knew exactly what we were in for ^_^ This is the safe option if your not adventurous enough to trying something different.
Wattalappam with vanilla icecream
Wattalappam is an Indian type custard dessert which resembled a creme caramel! The texture of the wattalappam is smooth and creamy and the taste of cardamom stands out significantly when eating the custard. The aroma really does flavour the mouth which is very appetising. The cashews on top is beautiful thanks to the sweetness of the palm sugar.
* pigged-out dined as a guest
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