Punjabi Curry Cafe

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Curries is one of the ultimate comfort food in my book. Meat and vegetables cooked down in a large pot, with a variety of herbs and spices, and paired with plenty of rice and naan, ticking off everything that’s needed to create perfect Winter dinner. Punjabi Curry Cafe certainly looked promising, with its dark and sleek setting, and a tandoor situated towards the back of the restaurant.

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Pani Puri (8 pcs) – $7.99

Pani Puri is a common street food in India. The delicate puri shell is filled with a mixture of potato, onion and chutney.

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Pani Puri (8 pcs) – $7.99

Although small, each bite created a firework of flavour inside your mouth.

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Clockwise from the top: Beef Masala – $15.99; Butter Chicken – $14.99; Punjabi Kadai Paneer – $14.99
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Beef Masala – $15.99

I really enjoyed the beef masala, the gravy was thick and fragrant, and the meat were very tender.

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Butter Chicken – $14.99

I use butter chicken as my benchmark for all Indian restaurants, and the rendition at Punjabi Curry Cafe, although creamy, was nothing to write home about. The pieces of chicken were a little dry, and although there was plenty of sauce, it was quite run of the mill, for lack of a better term.

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Punjabi Kadai Paneer – $14.99

We wanted to try something a little more adventurous and landed on the Kadai Paneer, the sliced paneer were cooked in a thick tomato based gravy with a heavy hit of spices, Kadai masala in particular. It was definitely an interesting dish to say the least, and its lightness was appreciated considering that the other curries were on the heavy side of things.

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Saffron Rice – $4.99

The fluffy saffron rice was the perfect vehicle for all of the curries.

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Garlic Cheese Naan – $7.99

Fresh the tandoor, the greasy garlic cheese naan was delicious on its own, and even better when dipped into the sauce of the curries.

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Pista Kulfi – $6.99

We ended the meal with some pistachio kulfi, i.e. Indian ice cream. The ice cream had the texture of a solid sorbet, and the pistachio flavour was quite prominant.

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Punjabi Curry Cafe is what you would expect from a neighbourhood Indian restaurant, the curries were of decent quality, and it would be a great place to hit up whether you’re feeling like a heavy-duty Indian dinner out, or just looking to grabbing some takeaway on the way home.

How to get here:
Punjabi Curry Cafe is located on Johnston Street, catch tram #86 Waterfront City Docklands to Bundoora RMIT and get off at Johnston Street/Smith Street, and the restaurant is a short three minutes walk away.

I dined as a guest of Punjabi Curry Cafe.

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Proud Mary

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Ah Proud Mary, it was one of the first hipster cafes that I ever stepped inside, back when bricke wall and warehouse-esque space was still a rarity. It also does one of my favourite coffees in Melbourne, so I was keen to visit the place again when a friend wanted to catch up around the Fitzroy area.

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Skinny Flat White – $4.00

This cup of coffee reached all my expectations. Earthy, complex, with the perfect amount of acidity and bitterness, it sure went down a treat.

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The Potato Hash – $21.50

Wanting to walk further down memory lane, I ordered the classic dish at Proud Mary, the potato hash. The name of the dish is deceptively simple, and other than the titular potato hash, there was some smoked shoulder bacon, crispy as ever; poached eggs, because hello, what’s a classic brunch dish without some perfectly cooked eggs; baby kale salad to make you feel good about your breakfast of choice, and bagna cauda, a sauce made of anchovies, and takes the otherwise good dish to a whole other level. Every element was in harmony, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Omelette

My friend ordered an older rendition of the omelette, which is no longer on the menu, but has been replaced by an enticing sounding crab and potato omelette instead. Anyway, the omelette had the perfect amount of runniness, and beside thinking that the offering of butter was a bit strange, my friend only had positive things to say about what seemed to be quite a normal dish.

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There’s a reason why Proud Mary is able to keep its place amongst many of its newer competitors, and that’s the combination of excellent coffee, classic brunch dishes with a twist, and a somewhat aloof service that is nevertheless friendly enough, to remind you that hey, we are still in the heart of hipster town.

After just having another quick look at their updated menu, I’ve got my eyes set on some new things to try, although it’ll be hard to steer away from the potato hash. Guess I’ll just have to talk my dining companions into sharing next time hey.

How to get here:
Proud Mary is located on Oxford Street, catch tram #86 towards Bundoora RMIT from Parliament station and get off at Hodgson St/Smith St, and Proud Mary is two minutes walk away.

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