In the three and a half years I was there, I discovered a Chinese joint with seriously addictive dumplings. Not only was the food amazing, but eating at the restaurant was an experience in itself; one that made you feel as though you'd landed in the dining room in a remote village in China in the best "experience the culture way!
Moving to a suburb in the North, meant I had to discover a new area. It felt like taking a risk... I'm sure I'm not the only one who classifies trying a new Asian restaurant as being a "risk"!
The ones down the road from me were an "experience" to say the least. Not in a good way either: we were served a Westernised version of a dish Szechuan Chicken, blasphemy!
To add a little "spice" to an otherwise ordinary night, The Boyfriend and I decided to keep searching for a good Asian place near us. That's how we came across Masala Craft in Thornbury.
It doesn't look like much from the outside, but their food is AMAZING. In fact, it's probably the most authentic Indian food I've had since living here! Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. Each time we drive by it I can't help but look out the window and wave HELLOOO as though it's my new best mate :D.
Of course, ordering it as takeout is a must.. I mean, is there anything better than stuffing your face with naan and curry whilst watching TV?! I think not...
If you're new to Indian food and aren't too sure on what to order, here are my suggestions:
For two REALLY hungry people:
Vegetable Samosas (to start)
Mutton Rogan Josh
Plain Nans or Aloo Parathas
For each additional person I'd suggest ordering another main course, and maybe their deliciousVegetarian Platter to start off with.
So if you're thinking of going there, I'd say: GO FOR IT! It everyone is crazy like us no love the "OMG, my mouth is on fire" feeling. But the chefs there are more than accommodating and would be happy to keep the spices on the milder side.
Definitely a place to try out if you live in Melbourne!
What's your favourite Asian joint?
Till next time,
PS: You can even order Masala Craft online, they often have discount codes as well!
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