It’s not often I find an Indian place that really takes my fancy, but recently on a story for the Herald, I met Darryl Fernandes and his Bombay Chinese in Three Kings and found something a cut above the regular offerings. It’s only just a restaurant (three or four tables) but would make great takeout when you’re looking for something with real, bold flavour. You could eat in but I’d only do it if you’re grabbing a quick bite – it’s pretty small.
The style of food is Bombay Chinese so it’s pretty aptly named. Darryl explains the style originates from the Hakka people who immigrated from China and had to alter their cuisine to suit the local market (ie make it spicier for Indian tastes). The result is outstanding. I tried the Hakka Noodles ($13) – big fat round noodles with chicken, veggies and a distinct Indian spice. It was super tasty and a nice multi-layered flavour profile with the Indian spices making themselves known towards the end of each initially Chinese bite.
But what blew my mind was my dining partner’s Chicken 65 ($15) – great tender spicy chicken loaded with ginger, garlic, lemon, cayenne pepper mustard and vinegar. It’s one of those dishes that you think about for days after and try and find excuses to get back and try it again. I am also dreaming about all the other things I could try. Darryl is a larger-than-life character with a talent for flavour and his menu has all kinds of dishes (not just indian/ chinese). My bet is that his Goan Prawn Curry is pretty good too.
I won’t waste time waxing lyrical. Just go – and tell me what you have!
Rumour has it there will soon be another branch in the central city.