ONE-step into the new Jolly Delhi Café in Duncraig and you feel like you have taken one giant leap out of suburbia.
Perfectly chosen decor, with German wallpaper, elegant fixtures and comfortable settings complement the Indian aromas that waft from the kitchen.
Owner Andrew Seow said he wanted a relaxed atmosphere for people to enjoy a light lunch, coffee and cake in the afternoons, or a divine selection of Indian cuisine for lunch or dinner.
A relaxing lunch does not have to be expensive, with $12 specials each day.
Lunch offerings include apple and walnut salad, tandoori chicken or vegetable focaccias.
With more than 16 years of experience, Mr Seow said he aimed to perfect the art of Indian cuisine and bring a western twist to its methods.
Promising special dishes every week, his current offering of tandoori squid, lightly battered and cooked to perfection, is a must-try for every guest.
The tasting plate, which is more than plentiful for two, comes with a little squid, chicken tikka and seekh kebab, with refreshing mint yoghurt and cucumber raita on the side.
Already a favourite among regulars, the creamy tomato sauce makes the butter chicken stand out among the rest and comes with a choice of rice, including steamed basmati rice that is similarly cooked to perfection.
Patrons can share their meals and try the various dishes on offer, such as fish moyali, which is a mild curry in coconut and cashew nut gravy.
For a larger gathering (four people or more) banquets – which include entrees, five mains (chicken, lamb, prawns and two vegetable), dessert and Italian coffee – are just $40.
Fully licensed, the cafe has a wine selection ranging from $15 to $20 and reserve wines for no more than $40.
Jolly Delhi Café
Shop 14, Duncraig Shopping Centre
Roche Road (next to Duncraig Primary School) Duncraig