Chatswood has an Indian supermarket, where you can buy paneer, legumes and the odd Bollywood movie. If your into Indian movies you should take a look at Om Shanti Om – it’s a lot of fun. What Chatswood has lacked until recently is an Indian restaurant. That’s why I was so pleased to see Kasturi open up with its cute logo of a deer with huge antlers.
Indian restaurants vary between eatery style and restaurant style. The eateries have basic fittings and a big TV which usually plays dance scenes from Bollywood movies. At the other end of the spectrum are restaurant style places with napkins. There don’t seem to be many places in the middle of the road. Kasturi is restaurant style, but the prices are fairly reasonable, with mains around $15-20.
To start with we were supplied with complimentary papadums with mint sauce, and glasses of water. I was impressed that the waiter was able to tell me that the pappadums had wheat flour in them. He knew what I was talking about. We perused the long menu which was helpfully annotated with a different numbers of chillis beside each dish. James was complaining about the lack of an international standard in chilli ratings, since a Homebush chilli is much hotter than a Chatswood chilli. Apparently there really is such a thing: it’s called the Scoville scale (see The Gourmet Sleuth and Wikipedia). Unfortunately the scale isn’t employed in curry restaurants, although I’m sure there would be plenty of volunteers to rate the dishes.
For our meat dish we had Lamb Rogan Josh. The lamb was cooked to tenderness in a meaty tomato sauce. I enjoyed it a lot.
For our vegetarian dish we had Jeera Aloo, a potato curry. This was hotter than the lamb in a creamy tikka-style sauce.
James was very impressed with his garlic naan, which was beautifully soft. I had raita, the biggest serve of it I’ve ever had. The yoghurt was a little sweeter than tangy, which was disappointing. I was pleased there was plenty to go around though.
Kasturi is a little more expensive than most of the Indian places we frequent. However it’s important because it fills a big gap in Chatswood’s dining scene which is dominated by bbq duck restaurants and cafes. The food is nice and there’s a big selection of dishes.
Ratings (out of 5 snorts)