Dinner at Paprika Club Indian Restaurant, Mount Hawthorn

Paprika Club

Indian food is one of my favourite cuisines, although it’s not something I’ve had the opportunity to eat a lot of over the last twelve months so I was excited to receive an invitation to sample the food at Paprika Club Indian Restaurant in Mount Hawthorn. I went for dinner one night after work with my friend Linda and her budding-foodie son Aden.

Disclaimer: our meals were provided “with compliments” by the owners, although the restaurant staff weren’t aware of that until after our meal (that was a slightly awkward conversation!), so the service and food were the same as any customer would expect to receive.

Paprika ClubI’d never been to Paprika Club before, and was impressed by the interior of the restaurant – very neat, tidy and clean with a decent amount of space between tables. There’s nothing worse than being almost sat on top of another table, or worrying about whether you’re restricting the movement of the person behind you.

Paprika Club is open seven days a week from 5:30pm-10pm, and parking is no problem with lots of spaces right outside.

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Paprika ClubShortly after being seated we were bought poppadoms to start by the friendly and helpful waitress.

Chomping away, we turned our attention to the comprehensive menu, which you can see here (the separate take away menu can be seen here). The restaurant is licensed, and you can see the drinks menu here.

Paprika ClubThere’s one non-negotiable entree for me in an Indian restaurant – which I know is terribly un-authentic – and that’s onion bhaji. It’s one of my very favourite things in the whole world, and these ones were nice and crispy, not at all doughy. The tamarind chutney was of good quality, not the watery imitation you get in some restaurants.

I should point out that there were four bhajis on the plate ($8.90), Linda isn’t used to dining with food bloggers and committed the cardinal sin of tucking in before photographs were taken. She won’t be doing that again.

There’s a great selection of entrees, including Honey Ginger Paneer ($12.90), Gobhi Manchurian (Indo-Chinese style cauliflower florets tossed with soya sauce, garlic & onion – $11.90) and Fish Amritsari (Fish dusted with crushed whole herbs, spices, chick pea, corn flour & fried – $16.90). There are also three different tasting platters for two if you have trouble choosing – vegetarian ($15.90), seafood ($28.90) and mixed ($24.90).

Paprika ClubOnto mains, and much like the entrees there’s a large selection of chicken, beef, seafood and vegetarian dishes to choose from. We went down the fairly boring route of butter chicken and goat curry (normally I would head straight for a chicken vindaloo, but my stomach can’t handle as much chilli as it used to, plus Linda doesn’t like things too spicy).

I’m a fan of butter chicken and this version ($22.90) was really nice – the chicken was of good quality and the sauce had that deep flavour you crave from a decent butter chicken. Rich, creamy goodness.

Price-wise, meat main courses are around $22, seafood $26 and vegetarian $17.

Paprika ClubThe goat ($23.90) – cooked on the bone in an onion and tomato based gravy – was also really tasty, with the meat tender, flavoursome and falling off the bone.

I wish I’d been able to try some of the other dishes, two interesting ones that caught my eye were the Lamb Chettinad (cooked in South Indian style spices with peanuts and tomato based gravy, finished with red wine – $24.50) and Chicken Malibu (with onion, tomato & coconut gravy, finished with spices & Malibu rum(!) – $23.50) And then there’s the vegetable dishes…

Paprika ClubWhile I was waiting for Linda to arrive before our meal, I noticed a continuous stream of takeaway orders being collected, however we were the only customers eating in the restaurant when we were there. This surprised me, until I discovered that take-away versions of most dishes are $4-$5 cheaper. Paprika Club also offer delivery to local suburbs (free over $100), and you can even order online – this is great if you live nearby.

There’s even a kids menu, and young Aden wasn’t quite ready to dive into the curries but he was well looked after with some nuggets & chips.

Paprika ClubBread on the side of course, we chose garlic and kashmiri naan. Once again there was a large selection including a few I’ve never tried, such as “Pyaz Mirch Ki Roti”, which is a tandoori roti with green chilli and onion.

I’ve missed eating Indian food over the last twelve months, and we really enjoyed our meal at Paprika Club. The food, service and restaurant itself were all excellent, and there’s so many dishes to choose from. Although I didn’t pay for my meal on this occasion, I’d have no hesitation in returning to eat at Paprika Club again – next time I’ll go with a group so I can try some more of their interesting dishes!

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Martin

Martin was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, coffee, hot curries & fast food, and is a cat & Dalek person.

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