Our seniors’ group visited Two Fat Indians in Joondalup on a very busy Friday evening.
Two Fat Indians is part of the Lakeside Shopping Centre, very close to the Joondalup Train Station. We had booked ahead and reserved a table in a small room off the main dining area.
The restaurant bills itself as Indian cooking redefined and although there were many old favourites on the extensive menu, there were new discoveries to be made as well.
We ended up with a traditional Joondalup Mixed Banquet ($46 per person) but some other menu items took our fancy – Masala chips ($5.90) an Indian take on potato chips and Chole Bhature ($16.90), medium spicy chickpeas served with leavened bread. I was also keen on the Bollywood Baby cocktail ($16) – Rum, Blue Curacoa, Malibu, Peach Schnappes and pineapple juice – but felt it probably wasn’t the best idea to mix it with my Sauvignon Blanc wine!
I was impressed that we were allowed to swap two of the banquet entrees for onion bhajis and samosas, without any fuss at all. Some restaurants are very precious about changing items on their printed menu.
Service was rather slow and one of our group had to go to the bar to request a server. We started with pappadums, which were served with two sauces – one mild and one spicier – both were excellent.
Lamb Seekh Kebab – quite good but definitely needed the addition of one of the sauces.
Onion Bhajis – very crisp and very good
Samosas – slightly dry and had to be dipped in the sauces
Butter chicken – quite flavourful and very mild
Lamb Rogan Josh – again the dish had a good flavour but the lamb was tough
Dal Tadka – a spicy lentil dish – excellent
Aloo gobi – a potato and vegetable curry that was a hit with everyone.
Naan bread, pickled vegetables and raita (a cooling sauce made with cucumbers) were the accompaniments to our feast.
Restrooms are inside the Shopping Centre and while that may work well during the day, it was not the best in the evening.
Only one of our group went to the restrooms and she said that the toilets are along a long corridor and that she felt quite unsafe. Wheelchair access is available.
Two Fat Indians is an easy place to have dinner if you are in Lakeside or looking for a casual meal. The kitchen closes at nine so make sure to have your orders in before that time.
Parking is plentiful – either just outside the train station or in the multi storey area. Access is easiest from Collier Pass.
Address: 173-4 Lakeside Shopping Centre, Joondalup
Phone: 08 6204 8998
Opening hours: Mon, Tues, Wed 4pm-9pm, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 11am – 10pm
Gluten-free options: Yes
Vegetarian options: Yes
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