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Namak Indian Restaurant Situated in Craighall Park, near to Giles Pub is Special for its most authentic Indian cuisine.
This restaurant has a new chef and rates among the very best authentic Indian cuisine available - and that includes some of the best food we tasted on numerous visits to India. We have tested Namak over a few visits and it has impressed on every occasion. We are pescatarians and there are more than enough fish and veg dishes available to satisfy our somewhat picky palates. Pepper Gobi (cauliflower) is a speciality of Namak's chef and it arrives hot and crispy with a meaty texture so tasty I have heard people who don't like cauliflower comment that they could eat it everyday in this form. The samoosas too are like no other. Veg samoosas are similar to the variety one gets in India but Namak's version is superbly spiced and therefore far tastier and the sublime cheese-and-onion variety has become a bit of a problematic addiction. We prefer to be surprised by food and manager Ivan simply asks what we feel like eating and then lays on a feast where all the dishes compliment one another. We have had various prawn curries at Namak but the one that stands out is a generous portion of good sized prawns smothered in a smooth coconut milk sauce so finely spiced it accentuates the prawn flavour rather than drowns it out. Another memorable speciality dish is an unusual fish curry served with slices of raw onion - the onion works to intensify the flavour-rich spices and the spices tone down the strong onion flavour. I am a BIG fan of potato curry and the various forms that Ivan has had the chef concoct for us will have us returning again and again. As if by magic, Namak's chef can turn an average potato into something so smooth and waxy it melts in one's mouth and then this terrific texture is combined with various spicy sauces so good it's difficult to pick a favourite. The advantage of asking Ivan to recommend dishes is that he often will supply something special that is not on the substantial menu. The service is excellent and charming, if you are lucky enough to be served by Trifena (Noma). Ambience is good too reflecting the quiet nature of the suburb. Wine list is average but you can bring-your-own and pay a reasonable corkage fee.