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When Friday rolled around last week my kitchen cupboards were as bare as Mother Hubbard’s it seemed the perfect time to try new Indian restaurant A Pocket Full of Spices.  You can eat in or takeaway.  With a one year old son our dine in experiences are generally swift and involve reading an ABC book several times.  So we opted for takeaways.

We checked out their menu online and ordered the lamb jalfrezi and a paneer saag, along with a couple of plain naan breads.  We phoned in our order and it was ready in 15 minutes – pretty good on a busy Friday night.  But you can also order directly online.

What really matters is the food.  And it was pretty good.  Although the lamb in the lamb jalfrezi was a little on the chewy side, the dish as a whole was really tasty, with enough spice to make it nice and not so much that it left your tongue burning.  Also, the sauce had a nice bit of texture – I can’t stand it when you get a curry that looks like just lumps of meat floating in a completely liquid sauce.  My paneer saag was delicious – big cubes of home-made cottage cheese cooked in ground up spinach with onion, garlic and spices.  Again a nice texture and just the right amount of spice.

The naan bread was delicious – nice and moist and the perfect accompaniment.

Total cost of this meal for two was $38.  Not cheap, but the portions were a good size and the lamb came with a big container of rice included.  I always find Indian food pretty filling, so we had plenty left over for a quick and easy lunch the following day.

We’ll definitely be trying this one again.

A Pocket Full of Spices is at 92 Victoria Street and is open 7 days a week for lunch from 11.30am to 2.30pm and dinner from 4.30pm to late.

You can find menus  and further info here: www.apocketfullofspices.co.nz

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