Horn Please

Saying that…

WP_20130108_002Melbourne is bereft of good Indian restaurants would be a pretty naive comment. I’m not saying they aren’t out there; its just that most are the sorts of places you’d be too embarrassed to tell your friends you frequent every Friday evening.  You know the places I’m talking about, they have the same fitted decor, same (very) basic modus operandi and are cheap as hell..

So what’s the big deal? Well, its just most struggle to really differentiate themselves. That, and the cheaper ones all share the same greasy base for all of their curries and the differences between them are so minuscule that once they’re all on your plate you’d struggle to judge the rogan from the vindaloo.

So, with this the man behind one of the newer establishments is North Indian born Jessi Singh. The fitout is playful, with art sprawled across the walls and projectors playing Bollywood’s finest as you dine.

Wonderful fitout at Horn Please

Wonderful fitout at Horn Please

It’s a breath of (tumeric infused) fresh air. It’s the sort of place you could happily spend a Friday night with a table full of friends as you work your way through the delightfully small, focused menu with some inspired classics and some lesser-known dishes (The paneer kofta springs to mind).

Vegetarian Samosas at Horn Please

Vegetarian Samosas at Horn Please

The Samosas with potatoes, peas, green mango and pomegranate with their house chilly was a wonderful start to the evening. Crisp but not overly thick outer shells and delightfully fluffy potatoes within entranced the palate and were a match made in heaven with this little Belgian Pilsner.

Estaminet Pilsner at Horn Please

Estaminet Pilsner at Horn Please

From there, the Paneer Kofta (Spiced potato and cottage cheese, garlic and garam marsala) reminisced of a take on Lebanese falafel.

Malia Kofta at Horn Please

Malia Kofta at Horn Please

Sat in a delectable curry they sure impressed.

Tandoori Chicken at Horn Please

Tandoori Chicken at Horn Please

The Tandoori Chicken was another refreshing change from norm. 2 large pieces of tender marinated chicken with accompanying chutney and again the dish was well received and enjoyed.

Slow cooked goat curry at Horn Please

Slow cooked goat curry at Horn Please

Always enjoy slow cooked meats and the goat was probably the dish of the night. Wonderfully rich, tender and juicy peaces of the hairy beast and the sauce had a serious kick to it.

Kiffer lamb and lemongrass curry at Horn Please

Kiffer lamb and lemongrass curry at Horn Please

The lamb, whilst being the weakest of the dishes we enjoyed still hit a pretty high standard and again its base curry sauce impressed with its subtle balance and spices that enchanted without overpowering the dish.

We used this opportunity to slurp up the juice with the mixed naan platter.

Mixed naan at Horn Please

Mixed naan at Horn Please

Wow. By far the most impressive naan i’ve tried in Melbourne and the plain, garlic and chive, and sesame breads swallowed more liquid than a drowning swimmer. Yet all the while it still remained wonderful with a crisp bite to the teeth with more fluff than a goose down pillow.

So, Horn Please hit all the right marks when it comes to a more upmarket Indian setting. The cost does reflect that ($130 odd for what you see above with another round of beers) but it’s the less-is-more philosophy that does it for me. The curries are subtle, not all in your face and the diversity in the menu will see you back for seconds (or thirds).

Horn Please
167 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North
http://www.hornplease.com.au
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