While I am probably one of the more introvert foodies around, my occasional foodie meets through tasting invitations or media launches has its perks. And no, its not the free food. Rather, the company such as my frequent stalks at ChompChomp or The Queen of Bad Timing which has always given me heads up of what to expect at some of the hottest eateries in town. Other than that, Shaun who writes on Perth Food Review his adventures around town with his mate Sean, are not short on suggestion for eateries. For example, these boys with a keen tongue for heat and spice recently introduced to me a great Indian restaurant in Victoria Park called A Spicy Affair.
Feeling like having good old spicy Indian food on a freaking cold winter, A Spicy Affair immediately came to mind having remembered Shaun’s recommendation. It was a Wednesday night and it was beautifully quiet. The interior is nothing flash but it was homely. Add that personal touch from the service and I have to say, it was a very cozy affair. Big belly Buddha with an accompanying smile! That was how I felt!
To start we called a Chicken Tikka AppetizerOh my god. The chicken was perfectly flavored with spices and more importantly, it was super juicy on the inside. I loved every bit of this although I was hoping the spices were a little more potent. The flavors here were subtle but still pleasant. Accompanying minty dip was no less satisfying and this dish as a whole was a pleaser! Thumbs up!
Our next dish was the Beef Vindaloo. Ask for a spicy curry and this would be it. Not as if it was a tongue burning bad ass, but it had a good enough kick to make you sweat. The beef in this was tender and the acidity from the vinegar gave this dish that added flavor which kept us going back for its sauce. Beef Vindaloo has got to be my favourite beef curry of all time!
Our next dish was the Palak Aloo. This dish consisted of spinach cooked with potato and spices. What spices exactly I do not know. But this was so yummy! It differed from my usual Aloo Gobi but in terms of satisfaction, this dish ticked all the boxes for flavor and yumminess!
To go with all our curries, we ordered a few NaanUnfortunately, the Naan here was OK only. It was not the best, but it was not bad either. It was as I said OK. The little fluffy bread was crisp but the garlic one came out a little oily but lacked the flavor of garlic which I wanted. Butter Naan too came out oily which was expected due to the butter. But it did not have that lingering aroma of melted butter. For those reasons, I would have gone for the plain Naan and next time, I will definitely order some of their rice like the Briyani!
After finishing all our food, we had a dessert to share. It was none other than the Gulab JamunIf you dislike the strong milky flavor sometimes present in milk or an intense amount of sweetness, this might not be for you. I fall in a category which dislikes intense sweetness. However, I have a biasness towards the Gulab Jamun attributed towards my childhood where I developed a fondness for good Indian food and have always loved ending my Indian affairs with the Gulab Jamun. Its dense yet spongy texture absorbs the lovely syrup infused with cardamom so very well. It is just simply lovely. Yet I find most people not accustomed to the Gulab Jamun to not like it. I however, differ. It was fantastic. This definitely won me over the goat milk ice cream back when I was a kid.
A Spicy Affair was a really good eating place. The owners were so friendly with customers coming into this humble eatery and starting the night with “where is your beautiful wife” and things which to me felt like service on a personal level. Fishman, little darling and I felt very happy to have eaten here tonight. We ordered very little today because I felt full! But next time, I will order more! HEAPS MORE!!!! Last but not least, thanks Shaun of Perth Food Review for introducing this place to us! See his review here. Also, this place is GLUTEN friendly which caters for a common allergy! Kudos to the owners!