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L'avis de Gault&Millau
Chef Ranjit Singh is part-owner of Piquancy’s sister restaurant Babu Ji in St Kilda, which has enjoyed a growing reputation in recent years. Now Chef Singh has taken his skills to the new venture in Hawthorn.
The restaurant feels like walking into a family home – warm and welcoming. White walled, with Bollywood music videos screened onto the back wall, it’s funky and happy.
The menu features classic Indian fare with a modern approach. Start with crispy traditional Punjabi samosa with a twist – pomegranate and green mango powder highlight the spicy potatoes and peas. Spicy marinated lamb chops are a delight; chargrilled, they sit on a bed of beetroot and deliver stunning taste and appearance. Traditional tandoori chicken is also given a twist, with a sweet tomato-based salsa as a refreshing contrast. Lasooni palak, a garlic-based spinach dish, is studded with house-made cheese and spring onion. Order a selection of naan breads to soak up the delicious creamy basil sauce of the goat tulsi malai.
PSST! Always perfect with spicy Indian food, Piquancy offers a great selection of beers from a serve-yourself beer fridge.
Reviewed for the 2019 Guide