D and I have been spending some time in Strathfield on the weekends lately, and after looking for places to eat around Strathfield area and coming up short, T suggested we try Parade Biryani House in North Strathfield. T and N had been back on two consecutive days, it must be worth trying. Upon entering, the air is filled with the smells of spices.
We started with samosas (3 pieces for $6.90), which came with a side of mint yoghurt.
D and I love the combination of potato and curry. These samosas were two kinds of hot: they came out piping hot and they were spicy hot. I’m rather weak on the spicy hot scale (I order extra mild curry at Japanese curry places), so the mint yoghurt became imperative to mellowing the flavours of the samosa. Even D, who enjoys the burning sensation of chilli peppers, found them ‘really spicy’, which is saying something! The potato innards, however, were deliciously fluffy and the pastry was crispy.
After rave reviews from T and N about their butter chicken, it only made sense to try it for ourselves.
The butter chicken ($14.90) is a fragrant and rich curry. I’d been turned off butter chicken after trying the exceeding dry homemade butter chicken brought in by English teacher (with an Indian background) almost a decade ago. But the chicken pieces in this curry were juicy and tender. It’s a rather sweet curry, and though spicy in the sense of being full of spice flavours, was not hot in the sense of leaving a burning sensation at all. This is my kind of curry.
The garlic naans ($2.90 each) were thin and crispy, and good for soaking up the curry. They weren’t doughy like I’d came to expect from upper campus at UNSW. While the naan went some way to breaking through the richness of the butter chicken, I’d say rice would have been the better choice.
I’m no connoisseur of Indian cuisine, but I’d definitely return if I ever had the craving for Indian food.
Paradise Biryani House is located at 14 George St, North Strathfield NSW 2137.