Clay And Coal

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482 Goodwood Road, Adelaide, Australia - +61 8 8721 5822

Clay And Coal Adelaide Reviews

nevart nevart
10 reviews
Unexpectedly excellent Indian cuisine with good prices in Australia's most expensive city Mar 03, 2012
Normally I'm a little nervous about trying a new Indian restaurant. There are so many sad tales that could be told about the experience. But the "Clay and Coal" in the Cumberland Park area of Adelaide, South Australia, was a pleasant exception to the rule.

The service was fast, friendly, and professional (quite an extraordinary thing for a South Australian restaurant, because most of them are let down especially in the matter of customer service). The staff also have just the right look with their smart, clean black uniforms. I am not sure if the friendly smile comes included with the uniform or if it's an optional extra.

The food is served piping hot and is made with fresh ingredients cooked to perfection. The flavors and spices are authentic, and unlike many similar establishments they have not opted to "wimp down" the food, although there are plenty of mild options on the menu if you're not quite as fond of spicy food as I am.

The portions are generous and if you stick with vegetarian options you could easily feed 3 moderately hungry adults for under $30 with a sampling of 3 dishes, rice and naan (or you could simplify by ordering the vegetable thali @ $15pp, which features dhall, palak paneer, mixed vegetables with rice, and a plain nanan). The non-vegetable thali is $3 more and comes with butter chicken instead of the dhall, prawn and basil curry instead of the palak paneer, and beef korma with rice instead of the mixed vegetables.

The dishes that I sampled were Sambar (a south Indian dhall made with seasonal vegetables, tamarind juice, and regional spices, medium-to-mild for $7.50), Rogan Josh (very tender diced lamb in a spicy tomato based sauce with onions and various curry spices, medium spicy, $11.50), and Prawn & Basil Curry which consists of a generous serving of prawns cooked in a thick coconut-based yellow curry sauce featuring basil, lemongrass, onion and tomato (this was a very mild dish, not spicy at all) for $14.50.

The cost for all 3 dishes, which included the most expensive on the menu, plus rice and 2x naan, was $39.50, and as I said this could easily feed 3 people (or 2 very hungry people, or 1 very greedy person!).

While this restaurant looks humble and modest from the outside, the food has five-star origins with the chef, Hemant Gusain, previously having worked that The Taj Mahal in India. You actually can see and taste the benefit of this experience when you discover the real spices, fresh ingredients and obviously superior cooking skills that have gone into making each and every dish.

At the risk of causing the prices to go up, I'm going to give this place a 5 out of 5 rating and hope you will find this place and experience it on your visit to Adelaide.

The only thing where they may need to improve a little is with the drinks, as the range offered is very limited. For those who can manage it, the restaurant also serves 2 different kinds of traditional dessert, Gulab Jamun (milk dumplings in rose & cardamom syrup) and Mango Kulfi (home made ice cream which is obviously made with mango!), but I think I'll have to wait for another visit before I try them!

As I said at the start, trying a new Indian restaurant can be a daunting experience. But the only danger here is that your tummy will burst when you are tempted to try too much of the food. I'm sure you will find, as I did, that this place can go from "new" to "old favorite" in the space of just one visit.
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