We had originally planned to go to the Night Noodle Markets, but after being rather disappointed the previous two years, Carrie and I decided to head elsewhere. She took me to one of her fave Indian restaurants in Ultimo called Little Haveli.
Medium Meal $8.00
Rice + Palak Paneer + Butter Chicken
They have a number of special meal deals on offer. You can choose to have either the small, medium or large meal, which comes with rice and your choice of two curries. The different choice of meal sizes reflect the portion sizes. Prices also vary depending on whether you choose vegetable or meat curries. We both decided to order the medium meal (a bargain at $8.00), with one vegetable curry and one meat curry. I decided to be naughty and ordered the naan bread instead of rice - I love naan bread!
Spinach Curry with Cottage Cheese Cubes
Carrie ordered the Palak Paneer as her vegetable curry. I loved the colour and strong flavour of the spinach. It's always good when the food arrives and it matches it's description! The cottage cheese was lovely and soft and did not overpower the curry at all.
Boneless Chicken Roasted in Tandoor Cooked in Tomato, Cream and Almond Sauce
The meat curry that Carrie chose was the butter chicken. An oldie but a goodie. It's pretty hard to go wrong with butter chicken, but I know that a lot of places do. The chicken pieces were lovely and tender, the curry was flavoursome, rich, creamy and a little bit sweet. Definitely enjoyed.
I requested to have naan bread instead of rice (it wasn't on the menu) and they had no problems changing it for me. The naan bread was good, it wasn't as amazing as the one at Thousand Spices, I like my naan bread to have that extra crispness without being hard!
Lentils Cooked with Onion and Tomato finished with butter & cream
I ordered the Dal Makhani as my vegetable curry choice. It was simple and delicious. It's practically healthy, minus the butter and cream! The texture was nice and creamy, not too thick though. And I liked the soft lentils.
Boneless Chicken Roasted in Tandoor, with Onions, Capsicum, and Tomato
Another oldie, but a goodie. I ordered the Chicken Tikka Masala as my meat curry. The chicken pieces were lovely and tender, like in Carrie's butter chicken. It wasn't too spicy, but it did have a slight kick to it, which was most welcome.
I loved the whole no muss, no fuss attitude at Little Haveli. Not much is given to food presentation, decor and ambience, but it doesn't really matter when the food is not only delicious, the portions sizes are generous and it really is cheap as chips! There's also a little sink inside the restaurant where you can wash your hands after getting down and dirty with your meal - I thought that was really cute and thoughtful!
Ultimo NSW 2007
Tel: (02) 9212 2471
Open 7 Days for dinner