Last week we notices a new India in Petone. This weekend we arranged to go in blind and give it a try with some friends. It is located down the supermarket end of Jackson Street and has a rather bright sign in the colours of the Indian flag. It was formerly Black Olive and is a lovely space for a restaurant.
When eating in Petone it is always a good idea to book to avoid disappointment, Taste Of Raj wasn’t full this time, I can see that once word gets around booking will be a necessity. My advice would be to get in their first and be the cool one in the know! Anyway, onto the food, it was good, so very good.
We were a party of five and we did the traditional over order on the starters. We did manage to make a very good dent on the Onion Bhaji, Chicken Lollipop, and the Tandoori Dawat mixed platter. We all enjoyed the mix but agreed we wouldn’t order that much again. I was particularly taken with the fish tikka and that is something I wouldn’t usually order. The mixed platter arrived on a very decent bed of vegetables which also got a good picking over.
For mains we each picked a dish and went for the bread basket. Mains were Chicken Korma (mild as ordered by Miss M), Lamb Dhansak, Murgh Tikka Makahani Palak, Chicken Jalfrezi and Vegetable Kohlapuri. I chose the later and had never heard of it before, it was a lovely tomato based sauce packed full of vegetables. All of the mains were declared excellent and we are all big fans of Indian food. The bread basket was huge and the above photograph only shows on basket, there was so much naan that two baskets were needed. They checked on our progress and if we needed any more rice a couple of times, which was nice.
All up, a excellent meal and we would all go back. We have talked several times about ‘next time’ today. That is always a good sign of how good somewhere is.
Go in, give it a try and don’t be put off by the signs. I sincerely hope they stick around as the whole meal was a lovely experience.