Wednesday, May 23, 2007

May 21, 2007: Gertrude Street Grub - Bangla Curry Cafe and Sweets

Update, January 24 2013: Bangla Curry Cafe has closed.

Monday brought with it our first real taste of winter for the year and prompted me to venture a little further than usual in search of a suitably warming workday lunch. Bangla Curry Cafe does a daily lunch special: curry, naan, rice and pappadum for $10.95, and it seemed the easiest option. Unfortunately, the special is limited to only a handful of curries - just dal or mixed vegie curry for vegetarians. I opted for the mixed vegie curry - the usual array of potato, peas, cauliflower and mushrooms in a spicey and slightly sweet curry sauce. The bread and rice were fairly standard fare - it was all hearty and warming, but a little on the mediocre side when Fitzroy has so much else to offer (e.g. another leftover-less day today found me returning to Newtown S.C., where the tomato, vegetable and lentil soup was divine).

The thing that sets Bangla apart from the multitude of other Indian places around is the array of sweets on offer at the counter - burfi, jamun, ladoo, halwa and many others. Unfortunately I'm not a huge fan of Indian sweets - perhaps it's worth getting Cindy to drop by one day.

Address: 199 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Ph: 94171877
Price: Vegie curries: $7-$9, rice/bread etc: $1-$4

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