Sunday, September 27, 2009

Annapoorna Restaurant

Instead of take away on Friday night, we decided to go to a restaurant and eat in - Dosa was a must though. We are lucky enough to have 2 local places to do Dosa, one a take away and one an eat-in restaurant.

Annapoorna is on the Pacific Highway, Hornsby, in an old terrace house. During our time in Hornsby, I think there have been 3 or 4 restaurants here but this one seems to have survived the longest.

When we arrived, we were the only table, but as we left, it was quite full.

We decided on a variety of entrées to share rather than entrées and main course curries as we'd already been out for apéro to celebrate Greg's new-found status of unemployed! The wait staff could not understand this and twice came back to ask for our main course order. The table was full with food!

For the four of us we ordered the Side plate with Pappadums with an extra serve of Pappadums (always a hit with the girls), 2 Mixed Platters and a Masala Dosa.

The Pappadums were disappointingly stale-tasting. One of the things that always amuses us with this restaurant is that the yoghurt raita is ALWAYS different and often quite spicy. Tonight was no exception although it was not spicy but tasted like it had cinnamon! The other condiments were a sour pickle (tamarind?) which must have had the usual raita spices added to it on top of it's usual ones, a mango chutney which was quite nice and tomato, onion and cucumber.

We shared the 2 platters which had 1 piece each of Tandoori Chicken, Spinach and Cashew Roll, Vegetable Pakora, Seekh Kebab and Shammi Kebab, served with mint yoghurt and tamarind chutney. It was all quite tasty except we all thought the Shammi Kebab was quite fishy tasting, possibly tuna, not lamb! So I think we may have been given the Fish Pakora.

The dosa, a lentil pancake wrapped around Masala Potatoes and served with a coconut chutney and lentil sambar, was lovely. It wasn't very spicy tonight (another dish we find varies every time we order it), but we are fans of curry leaves and were very pleased to find them added tonight (again, not always included) and the girls also enjoyed it. I think I prefer our other local place for them though.

I must mention our girls are 5 and 3 and are becoming little foodies themselves! They are always eager to try new foods and their facial expressions when they try something quite spicy are always cute. I must try and get a photo one time!

The restaurant is licensed but the list is not extensive. Greg had Kingfisher beer and I had a glass of Stone Fish Sauvignon Blanc which could have been served a little cooler but was refreshing and light enough with our choice of dishes.

The service, as I mentioned earlier was amusing. No one seemed to be in charge and we confused them by not having main course.

Would we go back? Yes - we don't have much choice, but we may stick to their curries and save the dosa for our other local haunt.

Annapoorna Restaurant
188 Pacific Highway
Hornsby NSW 2077
(02) 9482 7364

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