Maya Masala Indian Brasserie Cnr Lake St and Francis St, Northbridge.
We visited MM this evening as a social gathering with some of my work-mates. It is on the south-west corner of the intersection, and is divided into three rooms, all accessable from Francis St, and interconnected by a corridor that passes the kitchens and the amenities. Inside, it is simply decorated, with high ceilings, and a good sense of space - even when quite crowded.
MM is a very pleasant experience - the service is fast, and reasonably unobtrusive. Portions are, while not overbearingly large, decently sized.
Leece and myself (along with Mitch and Tony) had the Tandoori Platter (18.50), which was very nice, with a warming heat. I had a good Aloo Paratha bread (3.50), and the others Garlic Naan (2.50) - which Steve described as very, very good! Steve had a Lamb Vindaloo (15.50), and spoke well of it. Other dishes were Thalis (can't remember price), and other curries. Our other friends seemed to enjoy them! The platters were very generous, more so than the curries, with two pieces each of chicken, skiekh kebabs, lamb chops, fish and paneer, some mint raita, and a small side-salad.
It is, however, in deserts that they excel. On the menu they list about 15 types of Indian desert, and there is another 10 beyond those in the front display case, all at $1.50/piece. At our end we shared in Bedar Ladoo , Posta Burfi, Karachi Halwa , Milk Cake , Pista Burfi , and Mysoor Pak. Mitch supplemented his with Kala Jamun, and especially liked the way it oozed syrup when pressed. (It is, at this point, that I feel obliged to point out that Mitch is a father of two!) Sweets can also be purchased take-away, at $20/kilo.
Drinks are decently priced, and they have a good range of both alcoholic and soft drinks, although they do not serve tea or coffee. Figure on spending about $30/head with drinks and sweets.
Overall, 8.5/10 (losing points for no coffee/tea, and an absence of noise damping), and a calling in on a brand new toy-shop - and you're the first visitor, on the Sid and Nancy scale.
Mmmm, a wonderful night had. I really did like the way the syrup oozed when compressed, and almost entirely retracted when allowed to return to its normal shape.
I don't have Indian much, but dad used to serve up pretty darn warm curries - the Tandoori certainly cleared my sinuses without burning the tastebuds, especially considering the small salad serving was just enough to cool off the palette if things did get a little spicy. Excellent stuff.
My only real problem was the rumbling stomach several hours later, though I'm sure it was a bad sausage courtesy of CMOT Alvaro.