New Flavour, 541 Dominion Rd
I am reluctant to divulge what I consider one of Balmoral’s better kept secrets, but I suppose the word is slowly creeping out. You like dumplings? Me too. A full plate will set you back just $8 here, and they do plenty of other greasy Chinese dishes at a similar price. Forget Burger King, come here for a late night chow – they’re open from 5pm to 3am. Nope, not a typo. Also down on the next block is a similar Chinese place (I forget the name) which also does excellent food, and the menu is almost identical.
Angie’s Kitchen, 17 Mount St, CBD
This hidden Malaysian gem is authentically awesome, friendly and gentle on the wallet – we’re talking $10-20, which is as good as, if not better than, food court prices. That said, I’ve been here three times recently and did find their fish curry variable in quality, unfortunately.
Satya, K Rd, Great North Rd and Sandringham Rd
South Indian food is one of my favourite cuisines, even if the spices do sometimes play havoc with my insides. Suffice it to say that I want to try everything on their menu. They also do takeaways, although you may have better luck dining in at peak times from what I’ve seen and heard with my own eyes – it’s insane.
Jai Jalaram Khaman, 570 Sandringham Rd
JJK serves up vegetarian Gujarati fare (even my caveman, bloody-steak-devouring partner loves it) at more than reasonable prices. Their mixed thali dishes are great fun to tuck into – almost like yum cha. The proprietor is charismatic and welcoming, and will happily take you under his wing with recommendations and promises to give “the best deal”. Try one of their special packages. Don’t even worry that you don’t know what 99% of it is – just go with it.
Angus Steakhouse, 8 Fort Lane, CBD
But when you are in the mood for a huge, juicy hunka beef, you can’t go past the Angus Steakhouse. They are of truly enormous proportions, to be selected by you and cooked there in front of you. And of course, there’s all-you-can-eat salad.