Sauma is the best Indian restaurant in Northbridge and one of the top two or three anywhere across the City – you can always be assured of getting a high quality feed in well turned out surrounds. To this end we ended up there last week – we had been to an early movie up the road and dropped in for dinner on our way back to the station.
We kicked off our meal with a couple of dishes from their Street Food selection, and then went on to a couple off the small share plates on offer.
Bindas bonda – golf ball sized potato cakes flavoured with curry leaf and spices were presented in a crisply fried chick pea shell and drizzled with tangy chutney infused with peanuts, coconut and garlic – comfort food extraordinaire.
A juicy tomato had been scooped out and filled with a mix of fetta, spinach, chilli and quickly roasted in the tandoor and plonked on a bed of hung yoghurt – nice flavour combo, light and easy.
A plate of tender and moist squid, flavoured with chilli and char grilled was next – served with crunchy fresh slaw, sliced red chilli, fresh coriander and sultanas that had been plumped up with kewra water – imparting a sweet aromatic note. Roasted cashew sauce finished it off. A lovely dish.
Finally, chicken tikka – plump, juicy chicken flavoured with mint and coriander which gave both a heady aroma as well as glossy greenish hue, roasted in the tandoor and served with chilli, lemon and ginger sauce – delicious.
Our garlic naan was pretty good, too – doughy and charred – good garlic flavour and just the thing for mopping up the sauces and accompaniments. The rice was, as you would expect, well cooked.
Sauma continues to impress – serving very good food, with a on point selection of wines, beers and spirits – great waiters, always friendly and welcoming, excellent location in the heart of Northbridge – what’s not to like?