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Ghazal’s Indian Cuisine – Glen Eden, Auckland

My partner’s parents expressed their interest to give Ghazal’s Indian Cuisine place another chance, after a bad dining experience few years ago. And so we went on Wednesday 30 July.

As we came in, there were lots of tables you can choose from. Nice wall hangings of Indian gods and goddesses, but could have done much better with the overall ambience so people feel at home and cozy.

When we sat down, we saw this ad posted on the other side of the glass wall, saying that all mains except seafood are only NZ$10 every Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, which was really a bargain. What I noticed about the chairs is that they are surprisingly comfortable to sit on, even when it’s made of wood. The back rest was wide enough.

Upon seeing the menus handed by the attendant, I noticed how clever they had it sized specifically.

The restaurant’s menu

I also noticed this beautiful table runner, I had to take a picture of it as it was so colorful.

Both Mum and I had Butter Chicken for main. As this was my first time coming here, I chose the one most familiar to me in case it will not be a good experience. What’s interesting when the attendant served the mains to us was that the intricately designed Indian bowl with the main on it also came with a big candle holder to keep the meal warm, which I thought was a great idea. This is the first time I’ve seen it in the years we’ve been to Indian restaurants, and I truly commend them for that.

Also, the taste of the curry was really tomatoey and sweet, not much coconut milk. Mum reckoned it’s the best tasting curry she ever had, and it’s what Butter Chicken should be. Heaps of chicken pieces, which with other restaurants where coconut milk is added to some curries, there’s not much pieces, so another thumbs up.

Dad had hot Chicken Vindaloo. He always likes his meal, whether it’s outstanding or just okay.

Now about the rice. Most Indian restaurants we went to served with more or less the same-size bowl for rice as with the mains. However, at Ghazal, you can have a very big bowl of rice, which I was very, very happy about simply because I love rice.

I had Garlic Naan with it, while it was Plain Naan for Mum. Mum didn’t like her naan as she preferred it to be not so oily, which I agree. Mine looked oily as well, but I still ate it.

My Mango Lassi though was delayed a bit after we started eating, even when I had mentioned it to them prior, so I asked one of the attendants again. But it was no biggie, simply an observation.

It was a very good night overall. Despite the small things we noticed that were a bit off, we would love to come back another time.

For more info,

Ghazal’s Indian Cuisine

Location: 95 Captain Scott Road, Glen Eden, Auckland
Phone: (09) 818-1122
Ghazal Official Website
Official Facebook Page
They also accept phone orders for pickup from wherever you are, and delivery to Glen Eden, Glendene, Kelston, Sunnyvale & Titirangi only. Here’s the link for opening hours for pickup and delivery of meals.

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