Address: 27 Station Street Hornsby
Telephone: (02) 9477 3875/ (02) 9482 2521
Very hungry after work on Friday night, and in the mood for something spicy, we decided to try Curry Connection, the Indian restaurant opposite the Hornsby Train Station.
From the outside, it is a bit of a hole in the wall type of place, located near the Railway Hotel.
However, once we entered the restaurant we found that it had a neat and pleasant look.
Interior of the restaurant
We were greeted by a somewhat hesitant waiter who eventually asked if we would like a table. My first thought was ‘no, we’ll just sit on the floor’ but I noticed he was young and probably inexperienced so we just responded ‘yes’ and were shown a table by a large mirror (which I was glad to see was clean and had no dirty fingerprint marks on it!).
We were given menus and some crunchy papadums. The “Maharaja Banquet” looked good so we called the waiter over to place our order. I soon received my mango lassi and my fellow diner received his lemonade.
Mango lassi, $3.50
The mango lassi was absolutely delicious but was a little thick and I think it would have been better (and easier to drink) if it was a little more liquid.
The Maharaja banquet comes with a mixed entree to share between two people, and consisted of:
- 2 vegetable samosas
- 2 pieces of chicken tikka
- 2 barah kebabs
- 2 large tandoori prawns
- Mint raita
Mixed Entree, $10.90 per person
The entree was great and very filling and we found ourselves a lot less hungry after this large entree, the lassi and the papadums.
For the mains we had selected a Mango Chicken Curry (mild), Palak Ghosht (medium-hot spinach lamb curry), Prawn Garlic Masala (medium-hot), and Navratan Korma (a mild vegetable curry). We received these dishes along with the naan bread, rice, raita and mango chutney that came with the banquet option.
Main curries from $11.90-16.90 each, and Rice $1.00 per person
Raita and Mango Chutney, $2.00 each
Garlic and Plain Naan Bread, $2.90 each
The naans were yummy and soft and we quickly gobbled them up. The rice was cooked well and was a little sticky.
Although we were already starting to feel full we tried all the curries. I found that the medium curries were not hot at all -although I have a Sri Lankan background I am not very good with chilli- and the mild ones were delicious and easy to eat!
The Garlic Prawn was my favourite dish. I am a big fan of prawns and these were well cooked (not overcooked), and had a delicious garlicky flavour and aroma.
Garlic Prawns, $16.90
The Mango Chicken was our “chicken option” which was meant to replace the usual butter chicken. Everyone loves butter chicken so we thought we would try something different. We were really happy with this choice as the mango chicken curry was just as creamy as the butter chicken, and was also a little sweet which counteracted the tangyness of the raita and the spiciness of the other curries.
Mango Chicken, $13.90
The lamb (Palak Ghosht) was tender and soft. A classic Indian and Pakistani recipe, the spinach gives an unusual flavour which really complements the lamb, apart from also being very healthy. I enjoyed this dish with the garlic naan.
Palak Ghosht, $14.90
Finally, the Navratar Korma was a dish which featured the subtle flavours of yoghurt and almond. The Korma is always a crowd pleaser and this one, made with pumpkin, was no exception. Delicious and creamy, it went down well with the rice and was very enjoyable!
Navratar Korma, $11.90
All in all the meal was great. Although the portions were quite small, they were enough for two people, and as we were already quite satisfied from the entree, drinks and papadums, there was plenty left over.
However, the meal was not over yet, and the waiter asked if we wanted dessert (of course! what kind of question is that?). We were served mango and pistachio kulfi, which as usual, was my favourite part of the meal. Kulfi is a frozen milk-based dessert, traditionally made by evaporating flavoured milk and then freezing it. Recently it has become common for double cream and condensed milk to be used in the dish as well. I highly recommend trying it – rose, pistachio and mango are some of the flavours I would suggest. This Kulfi was very refreshing and was the perfect end to a lovely meal.
Mango and Pistachio Kulfi
The Maharajah Banquet costs $32.00 each.
Overall I would rate my dining experience (out of 10):
- Service- 5
- Food- 6.5
- Ambience- 6.5
- Value – 8
The food was delicious and the Maharaja Banquet provided us with the opportunity to sample a wide variety of dishes. Service could be improved with a little more assertiveness on the part of the waiter, such as showing us to the table and greeting us when we entered, asking us what we wanted to drink, etc. However, overall the staff were all friendly and the waiter was polite and helpful whenever we asked him for something.
The restaurant was clean and well-maintained and the food was tasty, hot and satisfying.