Thursday, May 28, 2009

A night with the naan

So on the topic of curries, I had a craving for the hot stuff. Although I'd inspired two friends to try the delish oven baked version below, I couldn't muster up the enthusiasm to cook at home (the fact I've got a kitchen full of unwashed dishes has something to do with it). So Michelle and I headed out for dinner to feed the craving.

Picture from Cork's Facebook page

We started with a cheeky drink at Cork Wine Cafe on Gouger Street which was the perfect escape from the cold outside. A cute little bar, its Facebook page describes it as:

"... the coolest wine bar/cafe on Gouger Street. Our aim is to provide the discerning drinker with the finest wines from Australia and around the world, and a simple menu utilising the best fresh produce the markets have to offer. We’re small, casual and friendly, catering to those who, like us, are a slave to their senses and enjoy a bit of refinement and quality. "

We opted for the sauv blanc flight of three surprise whites - such an exciting way to taste your wines - especially when you can't decide what you want. This was accompanied by a little dips platter with some scrummy toasted turkish bread.

Picture from here

Onward to the Thali Room for some bargain curry - $22 for their traditional Thali tasting plate. Basically - it's perfect for those of us who love a bit of everything (ie Christmas lunch is our favourite meal of the year because it's completely acceptable to have a helping of every single dish on the table!).

The setting is just gorgeous - random mirrors hung on the ceiling, little booths in the window, chalk board scribblings on the wall. And the gold, heavy cups are to die for - makes drinking water such a fancy activity!

I chose the kashmiri lamb, while Michelle played it safe with the butter chicken. Ah-mazing. Beautiful, tender meat, surrounded by generous helpings of naan, rice, vegetable curry, dhaal, mango chutney and chicken tikka salad. Talk about indulgent!

It's not til now, some three hours later, that I've actually realised how much food there was. Ouch. It hurts.

Time for another cup of Lady Grey before bed . . . oh, and those sink full of dishes. Grrrr.

1 comment:

Kirsty (Coffee, Cake and Sunday's) said...

Thanks for the review of Cork Wine Kate. We walked past the other day and commented how we want to go there and I love the idea of a wine 'flight' (just like Shaw & Smith) so we'll add it to our girls night out in June.