Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Castle Taj: Castle Hill (02 August 2012)

For father's day, my dad made a special request to go to his favourite local Indian that's hidden behind Castle Mall. Since it's not in the main Castle Towers strip, Castle Taj has always been more of a local Indian restaurant and has a reassuring steady flow of loyal Indian customers eating in the restaurant. Although the restaurant had changed management within the last 6 months, the dishes were just as delicious and tasty tonight.

Complimentary papadums served with a creamy mint chutney

Vegetable Samosa
I love the samosas here since they've maintained the huge size which means more fillings! And the fillings are damn good consisting of mildly spiced potatoes mashed together with green peas and wrapped in a thin deep-fried crunchy pastry. Even more delicious when eaten with the creamy mint chutney sauce that comes with it. 

Cheese naan

Butter Chicken
 M's favourite dish from the night - consisting of tender tandoori boneless chicken that is cooked and simmered in this rich and sweet creamy sauce. I think I would be happy enough with a bowl of the sauce and rice. 

Beef Madras
 Cubes of beef tampered with mustard seeds and cooked in a coconut gravy. Found the beef in this dish a little hard and chewy, and couldn't quite taste the coconut in the gravy sauce. 

Saffron rice to soak up the sauces!

Prawn Garlic Masala
Definitely my favourite dish from the night (and every other night we go there)! Large juicy shelled king prawns are cooked with onion, capsicum, garlic and lemon in this semi dry sauce. There's also large chunky pieces of tomatoes tossed throughout it which provides the sauce with some sweetness. 

Goan Fish Curry
 A creamy curry consisting of marinated tender fish fillets tossed through a mildly spicy curry from the konkan coast. 

Lamb Rogan Josh
A traditional pot-roasted curry cooked in spices - the lamb cubes are well marinated with the spices and are mouth-meltingly tender. 

For father's day dinner for our family of 7, it came down to less than $20 per person which I thought was a steal considering the amount of well-cooked dishes we ate! Parking is also easy, with the carparking lot directly below the restaurant being open to the public. 

Castle Taj
3 Terminus St
Castle Hill NSW 2154
02 9894 5830
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