For a Wednesday night, this restaurant was almost full! Always a good sign!
'Machan' is fully licenced and BYO (wine only), and also caters for the Take Away trade.
The Menu is 99% Gluten Free except for Samosa, Malai Kofta and all the breads~ although the sign on the Specials board stated that they had gluten free Naan!
We ordered Samosas (2 per serve) at $7.50 for our entree although we had already been given our Papadams on arrival with divine chutney to accompany them!
The Samosa were possibly the nicest I have ever had and I have eaten a good many in my time! Fresh and crunchy and with a perfect pastry case filled with plump spicy potatoes and peas! They were not dripping in oil and were a perfect start to our meal.
Our Mains were straight forward with one of my favourite, Palak Paneer ($15). This dish consists of generally homemade cottage cheese cooked in a creamy spinach. It was piping hot and had some spice though I could handle way more and will ask for more at our next visit! Still a great dish!
My bloke had the Lamb Balti ($18) and loved it. It had loads of lamb and spice enough to cause a sweat on his brow! We also had the Vegetable Pulao ($6.50) and a Plain Naans ($3.50) each. The Naan were also served freshly cooked and hot and were fabulous. My Mango Lassi was good and the Raita ($6.00) was well made too.
The table next door were raving about the Tandoori Mushrooms so that on our next visit list.
The Menu has all the usual's you would expect in an Indian restaurant.
The wait staff (mainly one young man) was excellent. Calm, competent, knowledgeable, prompt and attentive. Many restaurants with so few staff serving food, on such a busy night, would be in chaos, but not him so the atmosphere was relaxed and conducive to eating a good meal.
Machan is open 7 days a week. Lunch Saturday to Sunday from 1130 am -2.30 pm and Dinner 5.30 pm to 10 pm.
Prices are a little more but the food is worth it!
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