Sydney Food Diary: Don’t Tell Aunty, Surry Hills

So, we couldn’t get into SÁNG, as I didn’t know how tiny it is. I thought the shop (or restaurant?) on the corner was part of it, so was surprised, trying to get into this modern Korean restaurant, that there was so little seating.

But it was Mother’s Day, after all, and I had planned badly. Instead, I backtracked, with my two visitors from Canada, and we decided to try the amusingly named Don’t Tell Aunty, modern Indian food that took over Colin Fassndge’s 4Fourteen.

We were told that we could only order the Mother’s Day special, $70 each, I believe, and sat down for a rather big feast. It’s a strange venue with its high ceilings. They’ve made it festive, and it’s a bit too brightly lit for my liking.

There was a Bollywood film being projected in one corner, which reminded me of nightclubs from my youth, back when nightclubs thought it was daring and camp to project old films on walls.

Our first dishes were fun and impressive. The lamb cutlet was particularly memorable. Cauliflower battered and fried, tasted like a sort of sweet and sour meat (photo at the top) Some delicious prawns. Oh, a choice of a cocktail to start things off: that was festive.

We didn’t know we’d be getting a thali each, a platter of food with many small dishes. There was a lot of food, I tell you!

I thought it was good rather than great. I feel a bit spoiled for Modern Indian lately. The excellent Masala Theory is nearby on Crown Street. Brick Lane on Stanley Street was superb. Both seemed a bit more refined, although it’s hard to compare a special menu to choosing your own dishes. Still, something was missing.

Dessert left us happy though. The kulfi coming in a long triangular mould, and gulab jamon always brings a smile to my face. And the restaurant is getting some good reviews so: give it a try.

Don't Tell Aunty Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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