27 March 2018

Jewel on the Bay, Rose Bay (26 March 2018)

639 New South Head Rd, Rose Bay NSW 2029

Indian dining local gem

I've always been curious to know what this Indian restaurant was like as I've driven past so many times on the weekend and seen people dining outside for brunch — although it confused me to think diners were having Indian for breakfast. But I've since learnt this isn't the case as they have an Aussie style cafe menu for breakfast and lunch while for night time it's Indian cuisine. How unusual to see such a diverse mix on the menu although I guess it's smart business thinking to accommodate all the meals of the day. I feel like these guys are been around for ages. One of the service guys said around 15 years.

Tasty complimentary pappadums with a flavoursome mint raita are served while browsing the menu. They serve well while waiting for the friendly yet lapsed service to return to take our order. Amazing to see how full they are on a Monday night keeping the service very busy. Garlic Naan ($3.50) and Plain Naan ($3.50) are good. Tandoori Mixed Grill ($24.90) with two pieces each of Chicken Tikka, Tandoori Lamb Cutlets, Tandoori King Prawns is served with more tasty mint raita and make for a good starter to share. Chicken and lamb is pretty tender and bursting with decent flavour. Butter Chicken ($22.90) is our main course with some Basmati Rice ($4.50 large). Nice flavours again and good chunks of chicken.

I ordered the Anar Pom-Pomtini cockail ($15) based solely on the name hehe. Vodka, squeezed pomegranate juice shaken with ice and served in a martini glass garnished with pomegranate seeds. I'd actually given up on this arriving 10 minutes after all the food had arrived but it finally came 15 minutes after the food. For a relatively simple cocktail I was hoping this would have been served much earlier. It's quite sweet, no sign of pomegranate seeds and reminds me of a cosmopolitan in flavour and appearance. The decor is cosy and the best tables for a water view are out the front. There's curry to go available from the bain-marie but I think dining in is the way to go to enjoy the curries cooked to order in this fine looking family friendly restaurant.

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