Food Diary: Lal Qila, Redfern, Sydney

IMG_3792All those Indian restaurants along that stretch on Cleveland Street, between Bourke and Crown, are tasty enough, and inexpensive, but none has ever stood out to me. Instead, I’ve been a number of times to this crowded Pakistani restaurant, with one of those menus that goes on and on with hundreds of items, and I’ve found it delightful.

IMG_3790There’s always something new to discover by randomly choosing something that sounds good, and I find the food tasty and the portions generous. A recommendation on Zomato said the biryani was tasty, and indeed it was: surprisingly light for a rice dish, though it was such a big portion, it overwhelmed all else. I’d say order one of these only if you’ve got a table of at least four and maybe more. The deep-fried okra to start with was tasty and unusual; the tandoori fish beautiful. A classic yellow dahl was really good.

IMG_3791I’ve had meat dishes here on other occasions, which were tasty too. All for a very reasonable price ($30 a head) and BYO. The service was friendly and efficient, though IMG_3793because they’re so busy (also managing take-away orders), it can be hard to get their attention. Very pleasant. My current go-to South Asian restaurant.

Lal Qila Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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