Friday, December 7th, 2018
Reviewed by Sylvia McKeown
Al-Amin is certainly a diamond in the rough. You wouldn’t expect some seriously good Indian food to be found tucked away in a petrol garage complex. But what Al-Amin lacks in curbside glamour it makes up for in buckets of flavour at prices you would never believe. Their chicken briyani and tandoori tikka chicken is worth the roadtrip alone – rising petrol price and all.
The menu is as extensive as the portions are generous. It covers practically every Middle Eastern region, with some chow mein thrown in too. As such, starters vary from hot noodle soups to chicken nuggets and samoosas. The curries are rich in flavour, with the usual trappings of masala, jalfreezi, gosht and palak on offer. There’s even a beef curry section, which is almost unheard of in these parts. If you want to stray away from the usual curry fare, there are burgers and even a bit of lobster. Finish the feast off on a sweet note with the jalebi or kulfi.
No booze is for sale. You can instead switch it up with some sugarcane juice, a Bombay crush lassi or even an avocado milkshake.
Staff that are efficient, friendly and full of helpful suggestions are always a plus, but any establishment that has a wall of toys ready for sale to placate a bevy of bored children gets all the brownie points.
It may seem unassuming from the outside, but once you walk in and go upstairs, it opens up to a banquet hall fit for any massive function. The size of the venue and the somewhat dated décor don’t make for the most intimate of date nights so best you bring along all your friends. Or take (away) the romance with you instead.
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