48 Malop Street, Geelong, Victoria
03 5229 7777
Having previously lived in England I grew to adore Indian food but I’m always concerned about how greasy and poor the ingredients can be when you visit your local takeaway. Having eaten at Shiraaz previously for the Golden Plate Awards I have fond memories as the dishes are light, full of flavour and the quality of the ingredients is consistently high.
When dining in the evening candlelit tables are presented with crisp white linen and sparkling glassware. Indian fine dining? Yup, but without the stuffiness, instead you’re treated to warm and attentive hospitality that makes your dining experience extra special.
I tend to think about food 24/7 and I was peckish on the night I recently visited Shiraaz and I was impressed by the complimentary pappadams and dips that were provided in lieu of bread which was fitting. The two dipping sauces that came with the pappadams were delicious, the mint yoghurt was utterly gorgeous and saved me from my ravenous state.
We shared the mixed grill for our entrée and it was well-spiced; the meat, a selection of chicken and lamb, was tender and for me who doesn’t eat a massive amount of meat, I couldn’t get enough! For our main course we shared the beef and mushroom curry which again was spiced beautifully and it was well matched with the fragrant zafraani pulao rice. This rice had a lovely crunchy texture because of the pistachios and the dried fruit that wonderfully off-set the spice. My personal favourite dish of the night was the keema naan bread that was filled with lamb mince and spices – I would go back just to eat this! The bread, cooked in the tandoor oven was soft and pillowly and the filling was spicy and well paired with a yoghurt raita, heavenly.
Shiraaz has consistently delivered a tasty and memorable dining experience and I am just so thrilled to see Indian food wonderfully celebrated for its distinct and gorgeous exotic flavours.