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Satya – Mt Eden

Satya is hardly a well-kept secret. Most of you who are interested in good food will be aware of its existence. But since a fourth restaurant in the chain has just opened in Mt Eden we thought we should check it out just in case there is anyone who doesn’t know about it yet. To not know about Satya would be a terrible shame.

This is the prettiest restaurant yet. A far cry from their humble beginnings in Sandringham this has lovely chairs and inviting decor. Being so new it wasn’t very busy but I imagine that will change very rapidly.

We were a big group and ordered several Dahi Puri ($9.95) as entrees, as any Satya regular does, and they were up to their usual heavenly standard. I crave these things with their crisp outer shell, potato chickpea and yoghurt stuffing and the generous dollop of tamarind and roasted spice topping. It doesn’t get any better than that mix of creamy, tangy, crispy and the boiled potato to give it substance. We also ordered their special Uthappam ($15.95) which is a delightfully constructed indian-style pizza like treat with a spongy and crispy rice and urad lentil base with onion, tomato, cheese and coriander on top. Not sure that sounds as good as it tastes but try it and you’ll understand.

Our chosen main courses were headed up by the house speciality – the Apollo Fish ($24.95).  This is a dry infused curry packed full of ginger/garlic and garam masala spices and succulent fish chunks. We hadn’t encountered this popular dish from Hyderabad before but are now very glad to have made its acquaintance. It was one of the very few mains over $20 but on the whole it wasn’t more than $20/head. And as we said, there’s no way you can miss Satya out on your list of reasonably priced Auckland restaurants. It would be wrong.


In addition to the fish we also ordered the Malabari Prawn Curry ($19.95), Mutter Paneer ($15.95), Lamb Rogan Josh ($15.95) and Dal Thalimpu ($10.95) and two Masala Dosas ($14.95) for the table.  We were not let down by any of our choices. The Mutter Paneer is like a vegetarian butter chicken (Paneer is home-made Indian cheese, halfway between tofu and haloumi in firmness) and was a nice creamy, mild dish in the midst of all the big flavours. The Malabari Prawn gave off a wonderful kick that was finished by the juicy sweetness of perfectly-cooked seafood. We were also supplied with an array of accompaniments like sweet mango chutney, coconut chutney and Sambar (not to mention a good dose of chillies if you wanted to spice things up)

The Dal was a simple and tasty red lentil dish, soupy in consistency with basic turmeric/onion/garlic flavours. The Rogan Josh was meltingly-tender lamb in a full-flavoured sauce and the Dosas were big triangles of wafer thin crispy pancake (made from rice and lentil flour) with a not-too-spicy curried potato filling, perfect when dipped in Sambar. All too often dosa filling is wickedly hot but this was perfect and we’d never seen the triangle-shaped versions before. Good for sharing.

Once again Satya came up tops. It’s consistently the most outstanding Indian food in Auckland. The best of authentic South Indian cuisine with all the Northern classics too. We’re glad they’ve opened a fourth restaurant. You can never have too much of a good thing.

Location: 57 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden
Phone: (09) 551-1000
Hours: Open 7 days Lunch 11:00am-2:00pm, Dinner 5:00pm-10:00pm
Licensed: Yes. No BYO
Prices: Entrees $2.95-$13.95, Curries $10.95-$28.95 (mostly under $20), Accompaniments $0.95-$8.95
Credit Cards: Yes
Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes
Takeaways: Yes
Bathrooms: Single toilet, very clean
Wheelchair Accessible:Yes
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7 Responses

  1. Genie says:

    I’m excited that Satya has opened around the corner from me. Now I pass it every day on the way to and from work. It looks like they have the same lengthy menu of about 50 mains. One a week for a year and you wouldn’t have the same curry twice!

  2. Cheapeats says:

    I would be a disaster living that close. Pretty sure I would never cook.

  3. GD1 says:

    Went with two others last night and it cost $142, mainly because of a very ordinary bottle of Stoneleigh pinot noir (their only pinot noir) costing $54. Satya used to be BYO! Then we had to ask for our order to be taken since we followed what another table who had arrived before us had to do. In fact they walked up to the counter to place their order. When the first course came and it was good, the plates were not cleared away so that there was confusion when the mains arrived since there was no room. When we left, the main course plates were still on the table! The main courses – Malabar prawns, lamb with spinach and muteer panir were OK but not great. Then I saw three people come in separately and collect ther take aways. That’s what I would recommend this Satya for. Don’t pay fancy wine prices, get fast service and take the food away. All in all, a disappointment, perhaps 4.5 out of 10.

  4. Cheapeats says:

    Something we should have mentioned – apologies. We too were surprised to find it was licensed. We will check on the others to see if they have changed too and update that post with info on all. Our service and food was fantastic but possibly because it wasn’t a busy night. Sorry to hear you had such a bad experience. Hopefully things will improve as they find their feet.

  5. Genie says:

    We got takeaways last week from Satya. Mains with Dahi puri and bread, it came to about $50 for two. Not cheap takeaway option, but yummy all the same. I live and work around the corner so I can see this place taking lots of my money!

  6. Nikki says:

    Ahh Satya! My favourite Indian restuarant. But the Mt Eden Rd one just doesn’t have the same service quality as Gt NTh Rd. They need to take some cues from that restaurant. It’s just SO awkward!

    My gripes (all excluding the food cause it’s amazing as ever):
    – No lighting ambience (maybe some candles or don’t use tungsten?)
    – No music ambience, rendering the place dead silent (their speaker sounded like an iphone in the corner where reception is)
    – Tables are often not cleared quickly, and they seem to be using free tables to store dirty dishes that they haven’t gotten to.
    – Pedestrians have a weird angle looking down on diners – maybe they need some extra curtains or something?

    I LOVE Satya, and I want them to do well. I’m tempted to go in there and tell them these things myself but I’m too scared.

    Can’t wait for them to sort out the dining experience, for now we’ll stick to Takeout.

  7. Claire says:

    I booked at Satya Mt Eden for 5 people on a Friday night and when we got there they had no record of my booking (a bit annoying) but they got a table ready for us quickly upstairs. The food was great and very reasonable but we too had the lack of clearing plates issue.

    Overall I’d say great for a casual dinner but not quite up to scratch for anything more (the food is, just not the service/atmosphere).

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