On Friday night the speed-eater bf and I decided to get ourselves some takeaway. I have been partaking in meat free week (an initiative to raise awareness of the amount of meat we eat and of factory farming). I am not a huge meat eater by any means but I do generally have meat with most of my nightly meals hence I expected to miss it more than I have. The first few nights I actually woke up hungry during the night- I think this may be due to the amount of exercise I do and the quickness which I probably digested the meatless meal I had for dinner. Meat must sit in my belly a little longer perhaps? I also have noticed that I feel somewhat lighter in my stomach after a vegetarian meal and less heated (weird?). Nice feeling though. On Friday (my fifth day) I struggled somewhat, I felt low in energy….so the idea of Indian for dinner was very appealing.
Our go to for Indian Take Away is Jewel of the Park in Victoria Park. The speed-eater bf ordered a meat meal (he set his intentions very early on that he was supporting me but he would not be participating) – Bhuna Gosht (medium). This is described on the menu as ‘traditional Indian recipe of delicious lamb slowly sauteed in sauce, braised with whole spices, peppercorn, tomatoes and onions. For $15.95 the speed-eater bf was very happy with the generous serving size. He commented that the meat was beautifully tender and was very happy with his choice. He also ordered Vegetable Samosa ($6.45), which were filled with vegetables which were mildly spiced. The bf has commented that this is probably the only dish that he prefers as vegetarian, and always orders the vegetable samosas as opposed to the meat samosa. Two samosas were generously filled and thoroughly enjoyed as always by bf.
Now onto my vegetarian meal – the one thing I have loved about this week is trying new vegetarian meals. I ordered the Navratna Korma (mild) which was described as ‘delicious Mughlai gets its name navratna (meaning nine gems), served with fruit and nuts ($12.95). Apparently this dish gets its name from the nine different vegetables, fruits and nuts served within it. So I went on a mission to uncover the nine different gems, what I found was peas,carrot, potato, beans, onions, broccoli and cauliflower, that is seven, I am expecting that there was also cashews and tomatoes in the sauce which would take it to nine gems. This dish was so delicious. Creamy and full of flavour, but not too heavy. I would definely order this dish again, and didn’t even miss the meat. The only thing I was a tad disappointed about with this dish was that as it said on the menu it was served with fruits and nuts I expected whole nuts as a garnish or within the dish and also some type of fruit like sultanas. I didn’t find either. Lucky for me I ordered the Kashmiri naan (fruit and nut naan; $4.45) which was chocked full of sultanas and slivered almonds. Jewel of the Park do one impressive Kashmiri naan, it is slightly thicker than the standard and not oily or greasy at all. Beautiful to mop up all the gravy from my meal. I made saffron rice and a garden salad to round out our meal.
We also got complimentary pappadums with a dipping sauce. Not sure what the dipping sauce was, some type of raita I am guessing. All up an impressive meal, definately my favourite Indian in Perth. I can also vouch for their butter chicken.