Review of Delhi By The Way
There’s a new Indian restaurant in town and it’s definitely worth a visit. This little hidden gem, Delhi By The Way, was opened in 2015 by a Sydney newcomer. Susheel Kumar moved to the city with his wife and, fortunately, he brought a taste of home with him to share with the rest of us.
Situated on the quiet side street, Kellett Street, in Potts Point, and housed in a multi-level terrace-house conversion, the restaurant offers an atmosphere and a space for every occasion. Impress your date with an intimate meal on the cozy patio adorned with twinkle lights and candles, class it up in the formal dining room, relax with a drink at the massive front bar, or celebrate privately with just you and your family and friends in one of their private-dining spaces (seats up to 10 people).
As opposed to its neighbor restaurant, Malabar, which offers up Southern Indian cuisine on the other side of Kings Cross, Delhi By The Way serves traditional Northern dishes from India’s capital. Some flavors are common to Delhi, but still relatively undiscovered here in Sydney.
The friendly wait staff and owner are as unpretentious and approachable as the food. The restaurant specializes in traditional, and even street foods, from Northern India cooked in the time-honored manner, but with the ability to turn the spiciness up or down depending on your preference. The menu lists the dishes by their customary names, but gives clear description to help even the Indian food novice easily navigate through the menu.
We recommend starting with the Murgh Tikka as your entree, a simple, but well-executed tandoor-cooked chicken dish made especially notable when paired with their tasty chutneys. Goat isn’t for everyone, but if you are a fan (like us) and you are not afraid of a bit of spice, give the Gymkhana Goat (a goat curry) a try for the main course. Otherwise, the Macher Jhol makes a nice seafood alternative. And don’t forget the Naan and Poppadums dipped in their yummy mint yogurt to balance out all of those spices, a must-have accompaniment for any Indian meal.
But don’t stop there. Ask your waiter or waitress for their recommendations and watch their eyes light up with an enthusiasm to share their hometown favorites with you. You’ll know you’re getting the authentic Delhi treatment.
Lastly, be sure to explore any seasonal dishes. We topped our meal off with a sweet seasonal dessert (Gojar ka Halwa) of carrots cooked with milk, sugar, and dry fruits. Move over carrot-cake there’s a new veggie-based dessert in town!
So have an adventure this week; take your taste buds on a tour of Delhi led by Mr. Kumar. We promise, you will be in good hands at Delhi By The Way.
* Urban Chic Guides was invited to dine on this visit as guests of Delhi By The Way. All thoughts and words are the authors own and reflect their true and honest opinion. For more information about our Editorial Policy, click here.
Images courtesy of Delhi by the way.