Sandringham super cheap eats: Shubh and Venkys
This is less of an extensive review and more of an observation from the recent round of judging for Metro’s Cheap Eats special. Basically I learned that if cash was really tight, I could still have a great meal in Auckland. Especially in Sandringham at Shubh and Venky’s.
I was sent to judge several places in Sandringham, two of them being Shubh and Venkys. While I didn’t judge either into a Top 50 list this year, I thought they were definitely worth a mention for value for money.
Firstly Shubh. I was intrigued by this place, with some of the cheapest vegetarian curries I’d seen in Auckland. You could order a la carte but the clientele seemed to be queueing up for takeout: little pots of chickpea, lentil, paneer and veggie curries – all just $3 or $4.50 each. And they were tasty too, not far from what my own Indian mama makes at home.
I ordered a few for variety of taste but one or two would have absolutely have been enough to fill me up. The stream of predominantly young Indian males lining up seemed to reinforce my thoughts on the home cooked taste factor. They couldn’t seem to get enough of it.
Just across the road a bit was Venkys where we popped in for masala dosa and a thali and couldn’t quite believe it when our total bill for two very filling meals was the princely sum of $14. The dosa was a little less crispy than I prefer personally, but we weren’t complaining when it came with a $6 price tag. Dosa is something I can never be bothered cooking at home, so it’s such a treat to have one anywhere.
The thali meal was good and filling with a variety of rice accompaniments like popadums, veggie curry, pickles, dhal, chapati, sambar and yoghurt – and we loved the Kheer sweet for dessert. Most meals were priced around the $4-$7 mark – a truly cheap eat.
Definitely check these two small Sandringham gems out, especially for a cheap takeout just before payday. Tasty food at cheaper than Cheap Eats prices – what’s not to love?