Since James has just come back from the land of currywurst we wanted to seek out some proper curry this week. After too many bland European approximations of Indian food James was on a mission to find spicy authenticity. We went to Harris Park where there is a good strip of Indian restaurants. We decided on Billu’s Indian Eatery. It reminded us of Janani in Homebush, but it is more civilised. The restaurant is bigger and the tables are separated so that you aren’t jostling elbows with your neighbours. Billu’s also seems more organised and better kept than Janani.
You order and pay at the counter and take a number to your table. Then you can watch Indian music videos on the big screen while you wait for your order. We thought it was a movie at first, but the dance sequences seemed to come up every time we looked around and we concluded it must be MTV. Our thalis were very quick to arrive. I had the Punjabi thali and James the South Indian thali, both of these are vegetarian. We did a swap so that he took my bread and I took his rice.
My Punjabi thali came with four curries, raita, salad, lime pickle and a rice pudding.
The South Indian thali had rasam (soup) and sambhar in the place of two of the curries. It also had puffy puri bread instead of roti.
The curries included yellow lentils, chickpeas and kidney beans. The chickpeas seemed to be the spiciest.
My favourite curry was the vegetable one. I think it was zucchini, I’m fairly sure it wasn’t okra. It wasn’t hot, but it had nice mix of spices and lots of onion.
The rice pudding was sweet and milky. I finished it off wishing I wasn’t so full. With the lure of sweets and ice cream at the front counter I really wished we’d shared a thali and left room for dessert!
Billu’s Eatery was good value and tasty food – I’d come back here again.
Ratings (out of 5 snorts)