Bhoj Indian Restaurant | Templestowe

Papadums

We didn’t think twice to purchase when we saw the Bhoj Indian Restaurant “Our Deal” voucher pop up in our emails.  Nope, we didn’t think twice, we bought twice! 😛  Yes, we bought 2 vouchers because to get an eight course banquet for two people for only $29….isn’t just a deal – it’s a steal! Especially since we’ve been going to Bhoj for many years now and know them to serve up consistently decent dishes!

Raven Park Chardonnay

Since we’re typically ‘early eaters’, we arrived at the restaurant at our confirmed time of 6pm on a Tuesday – so the dining rooms were completely empty. Hey, at least being an early bird ensures you get seated fast! So, we were promptly taken to our table and a couple of papadums appeared with the customary mint-yogurt and tamarind sauce. We then swiftly ordered a bottle of Raven Park Chardonnay ($27) and presented the “Our Deal” voucher to our hostess, who was one of the owners. She confirmed our courses with a smile and promptly headed to the kitchen to get our massive meal underway…

Samosas & Bhajia

Our entrees comprised of: Vegetable Samosas, Onion Bhajia, Chicken Tikka and Lamb Seekh Kebab. The samosas were perfect, packed full of moist & spicy potato filling – and cooked with just enough crunch on the outside.  The onion bhajia were – hands down – the best I’ve come across to date (big call, big call folks!!). Again, like the samosas, the inside spiced onions were soft & tasty, yet the outside was crisp – not burnt! Whoopee! Two out of two so far!  Shawn said the chicken tikka had a nice tandoori taste, while the seekh kebab was wonderfully flavoured. Too bad then that it seemed he got one piece of the kebab broken into two, as opposed to two complete pieces of it – like the rest of the entrees. Anyway, no crying over spilled milk, right? Right.

Tikka & Kebab

Shawn’s main was the Beef Coriander Curry – of which he enjoyed with much enthusiasm! It’s dark, rich sauce wrapping around tender meat is exactly what he loves most in a curry!  The other mains were Malai Paneer Veg Kofta and a Dal Masala.  The kofta’s curry sauce was smooth and had a cashew-ish hint to it. For me the sauce was more enjoyable than the koftas themselves; although they were nice, I just wasn’t that big into the inside soft texture. The dal was typically watery – yet untypically hot – not heat hot, but spice hot. I suppose the two dried chilies in the serving bowl should have given us the heads up.  In all honesty, these veg dishes weren’t the best I’ve had, but they were nowhere near the worst either. So, I shall place them squarely in the middle of my scale at: good enough to eat, but nothing to run back to.

The Mains, Bread & Rice

We also had Basmati Rice to share and a Nan Bread each – thank goodness we were prepared for this meal and ate like little bunny rabbits all day so we could squeeze all this food in! We both finished up with a serve of the Mango Ice Cream, which was very refreshing after those other 6 courses we just gobbled up! 😛

For a total of $56 for an eight course Indian meal, including a bottle of wine – you just can’t go wrong! Aside from the fact we were lured in with this meal deal, we’ve been going to Bhoj for many years and would recommend to any of our friends looking for a consistently good Indian meal.

Flavour: ★★★★☆
Quality: ★★★★☆
Service: ★★★☆☆
Value: ★★★★★ ✔ (based on the Our Deal voucher price)
Atmosphere: ★★★☆☆

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The Two Bears are a fun-loving married couple of more years than we care to share, ha! Our travels allow Wifey Bear (a vegetarian) and Hubby bear (a carnivore) the opportunity to explore the mysteries of this amazing planet while trying out new & exciting food! #biglove

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