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.