How was it?
Our different sized cups!
I had heard about Janani in Homebush and had been meaning to go for a while. On Friday night, I finally made it there, with Smurf as my guide. I was expecting to see tables with plastic covered tablecloths (as I had been told of this), but apparently there had been some renovation and the plastic covered tablecloths did not make the cut (wonder why?!). There were some fairy lights around the walls, the paint job was pretty dodgy, but all in all, it definitely added to a more authentic feel :)
The service was pretty shocking. They had a tin for utensils on each table and ours was missing forks. So when we asked for some forks, the waitress placed another tin on our table, instead of just refilling our existing tin. Also, after finishing one dish, they did not remove the plates. We actually had to put them on the empty table next to us, to make room for our other dishes. I also saw one waitress carrying a basket of naan bread to a table whilst checking her phone at the same time!
Anyway, onto the food. I wanted to try real authentic Sri Lankan/Indian food, so I left the ordering up to Smurf. We ordered an assortment of dishes that I had never tried, so it was very exciting to delve into a whole different world.
The mango lassi was not as thick or yoghurt-y as I've had in other places. It tasted quite like a mango weiss bar! But, nothing wrong with that.
I was unsure of whether we should have ordered the fish or lamb patties. But Smurf assured me that the lamb patties were excellent and that you couldn't really taste the lamb. Well, I could taste the lamb, but it was actually very tasty especially dipped in the extra hot chilli sauce. I believe that anything in a puff (pan-fried short crust pastry), usually oily and pretty bad for you, is a winner.
Kothu Rothi is a Sri Lankan dish with chopped up pieces of pre-cooked roti, onions, chilli, spices and you can choose from a selection of meat or vegetables. We chose the vegetable option. It was a huge serving and at $7.00 is was a steal. We probably could have stopped with the Kothu Roti... but we were greedy and the food kept rolling out...
The huge platter almost occupied our entire table! There was basmati rice (which I normally don't like, I often find it too grainy, but it was cooked well at Janani). There was also some pappadam, and a selection of curries ranging for very mild to very spicy. It was a great way to sample a little bit of each curry.
A thin and crispy pancake made of milk and coconut, served with coconut sambal. It was sweet and great on it's own or used for dipping in the curries. I would recommend getting the egg hopper, because you still get the thin and crispy parts, but you also get the soft middle part.
The vattilappam (below) may not look very appetising, but this eggy baked custard dessert topped with bits of cashew nuts, is perfect for any sweet tooth and despite our full bellies, we polished it off pretty quickly!
- Great Food
It is fair to say that the gluttons within, known as Smurf and I, came out on Friday night. It was a massive effort to get through the feast, we were in pain by the end of it, but it was worth it! The food was very authentic and flavoursome, and it was excellent value. I will definitely be going back.
32 Burlington Rd,
Homebush NSW 2140