Stepping into Earl of Hindh made me feel that I am transported elsewhere with its colonial style décor, traditional patterned flooring and grand portraits of Maharajas hanging on the walls.
I must admit that I am not familiar with Indian fine dining establishments, and was pleasantly surprised at its offerings.
The restaurant aims to present food like to the royalty, with an appetising range of Indian kebabs, curries, naan, breads and long grained basmati rice.
We thoroughly enjoyed the starters, especially the Jhinga Jaan-E-Dum ($38++), a jumbo prawn dish marinated in Chef’s secret spices.
The prices of some of the dishes might stop some in their tracks. A ‘Kakori’ kabab of finely minced lamb wrapped around a skewer and char grilled at $44, and Murgh Malal Kabab on boneless chicken blended with cream and cheese at $28 was too me, high for its portion.
Curries were delicious. The Rampuri Parantha ($8++), which means multi-layered cooked dough, when stuffed with red chilli flakes and dipped in Chicken Tikka ($34++) gravy, is sheer exotic indulgence.
You may want to consider waiting for some kind of promotion to try their North Indian cuisine. Earl of Hindh now offer a 4-course executive set lunch at $30++. That’s fine dining at affordable rates.