I'm giving this place a 4 star cause of the really out of this world service but this review is more constructive than positive.
Sidart is my favourite restaurant in Auckland so was looking forward to trying this place for ages. Had to book a month in advance to get a table on a Friday so it's clearly popular.
We were a group of 5 and shared a few entrees and mains, and I had the feijoa dessert.
Food, presentation, portions were all good. But I think you'd enjoy this only if you're not Indian. To me the mains and entrees tasted just like Indian home cooking (just better presented). Also I love spicy food but was not expecting everything to be so spicy...that was surprising for a fine dining place. I was also hoping for more components, complex flavours and textures in the entrees and mains. They are definitely made to be shared cause you'd get a bit bored eating a whole starter or main.
The amuse bouche of bhel and pani puri probably would seem more exotic too if you've never had them before. Of course they taste amazing but I eat it all the time (and these didn't taste any different) so I know that already :)
The desserts I wouldn't rate that highly (why were there coriander seeds in my feijoa sorbet...just didn't go. And the baked milk foam was wierd.. needed a flavour added to it).
I think they could have made an Indian dessert more fine dining, like hot jelabes with pistachio/kesar kulfi with some of deconstructed components, now that would be a winner.
So all in all, I was hoping for more fusion. But to be fair I've never been to a good Indian fusion place so maybe I should just stop looking...
Good work Sid, you seem to have found a niche in the market cause this place is clearly popular, but just not meant for someone used to good homecooked Indian food.
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