For well over a decade, D and I have referred to a shop near Seven Hills train station as ‘the shop with the lamb rolls’. Since high school, we’ve ever only visited the shop for one thing: lamb rolls.
We only started enjoying Indo-Lankan curries in recent years — mostly with the encouragement of N and T — and it wasn’t until early 2017 that we discovered it was called the Indo Lankan Food Bar and tried other items on their menu.
The Indo Lankan Food Bar has been open since 1996 and is visited by swarms of Indian and Sri Lankan people even on a rainy night. We had every intention of dining in, but a server meltdown at D’s workplace saw us short on time. Take away items are about $1 – 2.00 cheaper than the equivalent dine-in item.
First off is the Lamb Roll ($1.50 takeaway) with a spiced lamb mince and potato filling.
The lamb rolls have a delicious crunch with a spicy kick and heat to the filling, although it’s markedly less intense than what we remember from earlier visits where we had to rest between bites. We find them easier to eat at this reduced heat but miss the burn.
This is the Chicken Roll ($.1.50), which looks identical to the Lamb Roll, with chicken mince and potato filling.
The chicken rolls had a less crunchy skin, although that likely varies between batches, with the flavour being sweeter and less gamey with a more tender texture. It’s enjoyable, but we find the lamb adds a depth of flavour.
This is the Lamb Samosa ($1.50) with a potato and lamb filling.
The pastry is delightfully crispy and the filling has a greater potato to lamb ratio that gives it a softer mouthfeel. There’s even less heat to filling of this samosa than the lamb rolls.
I love eggplant and this is the Eggplant Curry ($8.00, medium, takeaway). Honestly, I expected something more along the lines of an aloo baigan at Faheem Fast Food, so was surprised to see something so dark and mashed. There’s visible eggplant skin, but the eggplant flesh has been mashed and mixed with spices that have a gentle heat but a prominent bitterness in its savoury flavour that completely takes away any enjoyment from the curry.
On our next visit, we go back to our safe option with Butter Chicken ($9.90, medium, takeaway). We enjoy this rich and creamy curry immensely, me especially so, for its prominent tomato flavours bringing a pleasant sweetness that’s countered by savoury buttery notes. The portion of chicken is generous, using juicy thigh meat. We prefer this less sweet version over the one at Paradise Biryani House in Strathfield.
To go with the curry, we have Butter Naan ($2.90, takeaway). The naan is pleasantly doughy with a faint hint of butter, but nothing that screams butter to a butter lover like me.
Their Garlic Naan ($2.90) is speckled with coriander and garlic, bringing out more flavour than the butter naan. We prefer it.
And we also try their Roti ($2.50, takeaway). The roti is light, although not as fluffy as the roti we’ve had from Malaysian restaurants like Mamak and Paparich. For curry, though, naan is the better vehicle.
We’ll need to try more of their curries, hoppers and other entrees, which are very popular the Indo Lankan customers.
Indo Lankan Food Bar is at 61 Boomerang Pl, Seven Hills NSW 2147.