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The east of India & Nepal: Everest Indian Restaurant


Using only the freshest of ingredients, Everest Indian Restaurant provides diners with the delicious and authentic taste of traditional Indian and Nepalese cuisine – with a refreshing modern twist.

 

 

The creative flair and high-quality dishes showcase the work of the highly experienced chefs who have worked in five-star kitchens in Delhi and the world-class Yak & Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Regular diners keep coming back for the popular chefs’ specials, which include Everest Chicken Curry, a boneless chicken cooked in onion, tomato and coriander gravy, and the Lamb Lajabab, a dish cooked with onion,
tomato, and cashew sauce. The chefs make their own fresh Indian naan breads, and even make gluten-free naans as well. All meals can be tailored to suite the level of spiciness you feel most comfortable with.

Everest Indian Restaurant has three handy locations in Parklands, Woolston and Lyttelton, which are all open for both lunch and dinner.

The restaurant is fully licensed (you can also BYO wine for a $6 corkage fee) and offers catering for functions and events. For more information, and to check out the extensive takeaway menu, visit www.everestindian.co.nz.

You’ll find the other locations at 60 Queenspark Drive, 03 383 6263; 608 Ferry Road, 03 943 2110 and 2 London Street, 03 328 8185.

 

 


 

Focus on flavour: Indian Zaika


True to its name, Indian Zaika – meaning taste – has a strong focus on flavour. Located close to Merivale Mall, the traditional and authentic Indo-Chinese fare keeps customers coming back for more.

 

 

New owner Suraj Singh took over the business in August, which he runs with his family. “Indo-Chinese is a combination of flavours that is very popular in India, but uncommon in New Zealand,” says Suraj’s daughter Manisha, the restaurant manager. “Our diners tell us you can’t find dishes like ours anywhere else.”

Suraj has over 18 years of experience working as a chef, including for a variety of international 7-star hotels and restaurants. The extensive menu at Indian Zaika demonstrates his impressive skills and knowledge of Indian cuisine.

The dishes are created using fresh, local produce, with mostly everything made on-site from scratch. Well-known for his beautiful naan bread, one of his many stand-out favourite dishes is the Fish Masala – fresh fish cooked in Indian-style curry, spices and herbs.

The small restaurant offers a welcoming, intimate environment. Seating up to only 40 people means extra attentive customer service from the friendly staff, and no long waits for meals. Takeaway is also available, and the $10 lunch meal, which includes curry, rice and naan bread, offers great value.

Located on 178A Papanui Road, follow on Facebook and visit www.indianzaikamerivale.co.nz for more information or to book online. Open for dinner 7 days from 4.30pm and lunch on Tuesday –Sunday from 11am-2pm.

 

 


 

A taste of India: Coriander’s Indian Restaurant


What do a former Bollywood actor and a chain of Canterbury ethnic restaurants have in common? No, it’s not a trick question. The answer is Amardeep Singh (Amar to his friends), the one-time Bollywood actor and model in India and now the owner of the Coriander’s Indian restaurant chain.

 

 

Established in 2006, Corianders’ take on Indian food has now been a popular favourite for some thirteen years, expanding to three locations – Rolleston, Christchurch CBD and Bush Inn – and serving hundreds of thousands of Cantabrians from all parts of the area. Visit any of the restaurants and delight in the delicious aromas wafting from the kitchens where the chefs expertly handle long skewers and tandoor ovens.

“I’m passionate about my restaurants and their food,” Amar says. “What our customers can be assured of wherever they dine at a Coriander’s Ethnic restaurant is the consistent quality of the dishes. I take a very personal role in ensuring that quality by visiting all the restaurants and sampling the food on a regular basis.”

 

Coriander’s restaurants not only offer the wonderful variety and taste of their authentic Northern India-inspired dishes, but also a relaxed dining experience with surroundings that are warm, traditional and inviting. The flagship colonial-style St Asaph Street restaurant is especially sophisticated and impressive, after Coriander’s breathed new life into the old Occidental and its beautiful veranda.

Two special banquets – silver and gold – are just the way to experience everything that Coriander’s has to offer. An exclusive chef’s selection with two courses of sure-fire favourites, this wonderful feast offers incredible value for money at $85 for a couple, including house wines. The banquet consists of: Starters — two vegetable samosas, two onion bhajis and two Coriander Special Chicken Tikka; Mains — Butter Chicken, Lamb Rogan Josh, mixed vegetables, rice and two naan breads. There’s an exquisite cocktail and beverage list and, with their ‘specials of the day’, there’s always new items to try.

 

Coriander’s St Asaph Street has a private function space – the Bollywood Room – ideal for pre-Christmas parties. Although it’s right in the CBD, there is a carpark available off Welles Street behind the restaurant. That’s also where you can pick up your takeaways. Check out Corianders’ mobile app for weekly specials and earn points on every visit to the St Asaph Street restaurant.

 

 


 

A majestic menu: The Majestic Indian Bistro & Tandoor


Using the freshest, locally sourced produce combined with authentic north Indian flavours, everything at The Majestic Indian Bistro & Tandoor is made onsite from scratch.

 

 

Owner Karandeep Singh took over the Ferrymead business in November last year, providing a full transformation – from the name to the menu. His team of two skilled chefs have over 20 years of experience each, including at 5-star hotels, and enjoy creating every dish to each customers’ taste. “Our food is very high quality; we really listen to our customers and love hearing their feedback afterwards as well.”

With a deck outside to enjoy al fresco dining and a beautiful view of the hills in the summer and a warm cosy atmosphere indoors during winter, The Majestic is a great choice for the entire family. There’s even a children’s menu they’ll love, featuring mini butter chicken or kid-sized chicken korma and naan bread stuffed with marshmallow or chocolate. “This is really popular with the little ones.”

The Onion Bhaji Rings are a true favourite, as well as the Chicken Tikka Masala, Tandoori Chicken and Lamb Rogan Josh – succulent pieces of lamb with garlic, ginger and aromatic-spiced gravy. For a truly traditional experience, try the Goat Curry dish that North India is famous for – cooked on the slow fire with secret spices, finished with coriander and red onion garnish.

With a $10 lunch menu, takeaway, as well as gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options, you can’t go wrong with The Majestic. Deliveries within 6km are free for orders over $40. Visit www.themajesticfood.co.nz.

 


 

A permit for fun: The Permit Room


There really is no better place for this special Indian eatery than the beautifully restored former 1920 Isaac House building that overlooks Victoria Square.

 

 

Enter Permit Room and prepare to step back in time to 1940s India – the Bombay Prohibitions Act is in full force and citizens are quickly forgetting the flavour of liquor for fear of sanction. Travellers, however, sit back and sip their spirits with one hand and clasp their alcohol permits with the other.

In keeping with its iconically historical exterior, The Permit Room’s interior exudes colonial-style elegance. The permit stamp, claimed as their logo, adorns the menus, reminding diners of the restaurant’s namesake.

 

 

Expect to be delighted by the distinct tastes of Southern India as you indulge in a range of sublime dishes that are light and wholesome. Keeping up with current food trends, fermented foods make their appearance on the menu, as do a selection of vegan/vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free plates.

With the Isaac Theatre Royal just a three-minute walk away, Permit Room is the ideal place to gather with friends for a pre-show tipple – be sure to try one of their delicious Indian-inspired cocktail creations or their exclusive cardamom and ginger wheat beer, brewed locally at Three Boys Brewery – or book a table and indulge in a tapas-style banquet with the family.

Permit Room; where delectable cuisine, impeccable service and a magnificent setting combine for an unforgettable dining experience. Visit permitroom.co.nz or call 03 925 9280 to make a booking.