200 Jells Road
Indian has never been one of my favourite cuisines so for this reason I had never before visited Paradise, the local award-winning Indian restaurant located at the Wheelers Hill Shopping Centre.
Highly recommended by Indian friends, and with a desire to try somewhere new, hubby and I ventured to this plain looking shopfront on a Saturday night to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
Step through the doors however, and you are immediately transported to the subcontinent. Indian artwork fills the walls and floral wreaths hang from the ceiling. The waiters are formally dressed and eager to please. Judging by the amount of takeaway orders leaving the kitchen, this place is popular...and with good reason.
I’m no expert in Indian cuisine, but the food was seriously good. The place was almost full and live music began at 8.30 p.m. Service was pretty good if a little inattentive at times. All in all a very enjoyable night.
We shared the Nawabi Chikken Tikka for entree - Chicken breast fillet, marinated in Paradise spices & saffron dipped in egg batter, cooked in the tandoori oven
For main course we shared Lamb Korma - Tender lamb pieces cooked fresh corriander, ginger , green chillies & saffron and Bengali Prawn Malai - Prawns cooked in mild sauce with coconut & cream
We also shared some Saffron Rice and a serve of Roti Bread - Wholemeal bread baked in the tandoori.
For dessert we shared Kulfi Ice Cream - Thickened milk & pistachio flavoured with cardamom & saffron followed by a Cappuccion and Caffe Latte.
We couldn’t fault the food...the relishes and sauces were flavoursome and the meat in all dishes was melt in your mouth tender. The Roti bread was quite different to the store-bought kind you find in supermarkets with almost no oil. I was disappointed at first but found that it was actually preferable as there was enough oil in the sauces. I really enjoyed the ice-cream, it was full of flavour and refreshing.
Like many Asian and Indian restaurants, the wine list was seriously lacking...but it is BYO so best to take advantage of this next time. The caffe latte and cappuccino were way too strong and the cappuccino was slightly burnt.
WILL WE RETURN?