Taj Indian Bistro
We are very excited to announce a new partnership with restaurant delivery site Dine In. We think it’s a great idea to be able to order food from restaurants without leaving your couch, especially at this time of year when things are so busy! They currently only have 38 restaurants in Auckland but are in the process of expansion so this will change soon.
With this in mind I thought I’d give the service a go and use our 20% off Cheapeats discount coupon (available to all of you till the end of January as well). The Voucher code is CHEAPEATS20 and here are the terms and conditions:
- 20% discount excluding delivery fee
- Valid only for online ordering via www.dinein.co.nz
- Valid until end of Jan 2014
- Max total discount is $20
- One use per customer
- Customer has to register/login first
- Not in conjunction with any other offer
How to use the code: enter the code in the ‘Coupon’ field when clicking the order button.
It is very easy to use this service. Go to the Dine In website www.dinein.co.nz and sign up – it takes but a few minutes. Then click on the restaurant that takes your fancy and place your order – make sure you use the Cheapeats20 promotion code. Simple as that! In around 45 minutes your food will appear magically at your door.
I chose to order food from Taj Indian Bistro, which describes itself as “Fusion Indian”, blending Hindu and Buddhist cultures and cuisines.
The order was just for my daughter and myself, so I was conservative in the flavours of the dishes that I chose. I would have loved to try the Chef’s Chaat of the Day ($7.50), but opted for Vegetable Korma ($13.90) and Kofta “Anarkali” ($13.90). Those of you who are familiar with my reviews will know that I have to order the ubiquitous Butter Chicken ($16.90) for my daughter, while I thought I would order a Biryani dish for a change ($15.90). We also ordered a Trio of Breads ($6.90) which included naan, roti and paratha.
In about only 30 minutes our piping hot order arrived at the door. It turned out to be rather more food than we needed – complimentary rice is included with the mains, which I had not realised. However, it gave us an opportunity to taste a variety of dishes.
The Kofta Anarkali were two large vegetable croquettes in spiced cashew garlic sauce. I would have preferred smaller croquettes to allow for more sharing, but that is a detail. The croquettes themselves were mild, but were the perfect foil to mop up the delicious sauce. There were no leftovers.
I loved the Vegetable Korma, with its pieces of fresh vegetables and paneer in a rich mildly spiced sauce. I could easily have eaten this dish as my main meal.
The Butter Chicken was described as pulled tandoor chicken in a honey-tomato-fenugreek sauce. An Indian friend told me that it is the fenugreek that makes all the difference in Butter Chicken and she is right. I liked that the sauce was not very creamy but more on the “tomatoey” side.
I chose the “Nawabi” version of the biriyani with lamb, shrimp and chicken and the spice blend was delicious. Ironically we forgot about the trio of breads that we had also ordered – between the biryani and the complimentary rice, we were more than well-served in the carbohydrate department. The breads had been cut up and wrapped in foil.
While we didn’t try the desserts, they certainly looked tempting: Gulab Jamun (dumplings in syrup); Gajar Halva (sweet carrot pudding) and Ras Malai (cottage cheese dumpling) all appear on the menu. Plus Chocolate Torte with a twist!
Overall, I would order food from Taj again, and perhaps also visit the restaurant. It is located on the busy corner of Manukau Road and Alpers Avenue and the exterior of the building is currently being renovated. However the photos of the interior as shown on the Taj/Dinein website look very pleasant.
With the busy Christmas season upon us, and social times where we do not want to drink and drive, the Dinein service really comes into its own. Order online from Taj Indian Bistro and use our Cheapeats20 discount and give it a go – let us know how you find it!