Darbar is actually situated further up Glebe Point Road than where we normally dine (We seem to be finding some really nice places to eat on this particular road!), in what looks to be an old wine cellar or club of some sort. I love that it's tucked away into this semi-underground location, it gives it a different spin on what can seem like unfriendly, sterile and uncharacteristic places some Indian eateries are situated in. After having a look at their website I realise they have a downstairs private function room, and upstairs is actually quite large as well. They've decorated it nicely to, with nice wall hangings and decorations, it actually verges of on the look of grand Indian homes during the times of British colonisation. Actually, its sorta like a cross between Indian and Middle Eastern of some sorts. Either way, I like it because its cosy and atmospheric.
The food is equally as nice as the decor, with an array of dishes to chose from on the menu. I just love going to restaurants (especially those with promise) with a whole bunch of people, especially my high school chums, who I swear have never ending stomachs =P. That way we get to sample alot of the dishes and make the most of a large menu.
|Vegetable Samosas - Spiced green peas, onions and mixed vegetables wrapped in a thin pastry and deep fried|
|Darbar Chat - Crisped spinach tossed together with potato and chickpeas topped with a raita and mint sauce|
|Roganjosh Punjabi - Traditional lamb/beef curry prepared with Kashmiri red chillies and flavoured with black cardamon and various other spices|
|Butter Chicken - Tandoori Grilled chicken simmered |
in spiced butter, fenugreek, kasoori methi leaves,
and masala gravy with a touch of honey and pepper.
|Saffron Basmati Rice|
|Chicken Tikka Masala - Pieces of chicken cooked in tandoor and simmered in angar sauce along with capsicum and onion|
|Aloo Gobi Methi Ka Tuk - A blend of Potatoes, Cauliflower, Fresh Green Peas and Fenugreek tempered with cumin and dry chilies.|
|A mix of Plain Roti and Cheese Naan|
Everything was reaaaally yummy, which I was pleasantly surprised about (Minus the butter chicken which I've never been a big fan of). What really surprised me was the Darbar Chat, something I never would have chosen myself. I really liked the crispy spinach and potato bits and loved the contrast against the sweet raita. Very interesting dish =). The only thing I'd probably criticise is the service. Our waitress was quite nice, however it did take a bit of time for the food to come out, and because of where we were seated, we weren't attended to as much as we had hoped. Even to get the bill settled we had to go out of our way. But, it's a minor thing, I'm not a huge stickler for these sorts of things and I was in a good mood that night haha ;).
Having filled up on delish curries, and since we are not big fans of heavy Indian desserts we made the short trek down the road to San Churros. Hot (white) chocolate and churros, perfect end for a cold winters night =).
Darbar Fine Indian Cuisine
134 Glebe Point Road
Glebe, NSW 2037
Ph: (02) 9660 5666