I haven’t been to Rama’s for years but when my friend request hot and spicy food to celebrate her birthday, I knew exactly where to take her. I don’t think that the true south side has that many great restaurants so I’m glad to have this ‘on our side’.
As we went around the table and ordered our dish with our preference of heat, we were warned that medium was quite hot here and the hot was really really hot. Perfect, that was why we were here and that’s why I had raita and mango lassi at hand.
Mango lassi a cool Indian yoghurt drink, mango flavour ($3.50). A strong mango flavour that was very thick meant that they haven’t watered down the drink to save costs.
Complimentary pappadums– they came out as an unexpected surprise, they were hot and crispy just like a pappadum should be.
Bhajia shredded spinach, garlic, onion and ground lentils shaped into patties then deep fried (3 pieces per serve $11, added one extra $3.75). It wasn’t that oily despite being deep fried but it tasted much better with the tamarind sauce and the yoghurt.
Fijian pork curry cubes of pork cooked with capsicum, onion and coriander leaves in a tangy, spicy sauce (MED spicy $23.00). I really appreciated the rub marinade on the pork, it made the pork very flavoursome and the meat was very tender. This dish was spicy but not overwhelming and we all agreed, very addictive.
Prawn masala prawns cooked with onion, garlic, tomato and fresh coriander, in a spicy tomato based sauce (MED spicy $23.50). The prawn masala had a really rich tomato onion sauce with a slight hint of chilli. I loved having the sauce mixed with rice, very delicious.
Garlic paratha wholemeal pan fried bread with garlic ($2.70 each). The wholemeal made this bread heavy and I didn’t recognise it to be paratha (I thought they gave us the wrong bread), it didn’t have much of a garlic taste to it either.
Prawns saabji prawns cooked with onion, garlic and tomato in a creamy spinach sauce (HOT spicy$23.50). I was quite wary of this dish with fear of it burning a hole in my head. It was hot hot but affected my tongue in different areas to the pork and it really hits the back of your throat and your sinuses. I relayed between the curry and sips of lassi, it was hot but not unbearable.
Dhal thick spiced lentil soup. A great accompaniment for rice ($9.25). The dahl was a happy surprise. I ordered it as a non meaty alternative and a safe haven between bites of other curries. It was a rich and flavoursome dish with the lentils forming a thick soft textured soup.
Raita grated cucumber in spiced yoghurt. Ideal for cooling the palate ($5.00).
It was lovely to have a variety of dishes that were all curries, all packed heat yet had such different flavours. I haven’t eaten hot curries for so long, I was quite surprised that towards the end of the meal I found the raita quite sour and the lassi stupidly sweet.
The service was very friendly just as I remembered with the now owner walking around checking with the customers if they were satisfied. We were very satisfied and unfortunately couldn’t fit in dessert.
Venue: Rama’s Fijian Indian restaurant
Address: Shop 6, Pearce Shopping Centre/Macfarland Crescent, Pearce ACT 2607
Phone: (02) 6286 1964