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SATYA

[Pictures: David Straight]

The dahi puri! The dahi puri! This is why people come to Satya. Well, partly. They’re an addictive appetiser, a bland ball of mashed potato and chickpea atop a crisp chickpea cracker, doused in yoghurt, tamarind chutney and fresh coriander. They’re really good, and sometimes you can eat an entire plate ($8.95 for six) without noticing. But the rest of the menu is excellent too, if confusingly lengthy – in fact, we’d hazard it’s the best South Indian in town.

In a casual, colourful atmosphere, you can dine on anything from a happily savoury Dal Makhni ($13.95), dark kidney beans and black lentils punctuated by spears of fresh ginger; a Palak Paneer ($15.95) with creamy cubes of fresh Indian cheese to a whole roasted fish (seasonal), Lamb Korma ($18.95) or simple dry curry of coconut, green beans and aubergine ($13.95). It’s an excellent place to take those with difficult dietary requirements (read: nut or gluten allergies, vegetarians, vegans). It’s also BYO, and they’re extremely adept at catering for large groups.

HOURS Lunch, Monday to Saturday, 11.30am to 2.30pm; dinner, seven days, 5.30pm to 10pm.

CONTACT DETAILS 17 Great North Road, Ponsonby, ph 361-3612. www.satya.co.nz

IMPORTANT DETAILS Satya also has branches at 515 Sandringham Road, Sandringham, 845-8451; 271 Karangahape Road, Newton, 377-0007; 57 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden, 551-1000. Different hours and menus may apply, please visit the website for more information. We recommend booking on weekend evenings and for large groups.

3 Comments

  1. Sam wrote:

    Ohhh man, how I love dahi puri. Must get back to Satya again soon!

    Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 8:35 am | Permalink
  2. I haven’t been to this particular branch, but I have eaten at Satya in their K’Rd and Sandringham locations and in both places I was somewhat disappointed by the food, probably because I have found cheaper and tastier options at my favourite South Indian restaurant, Ras Vatika (596 Dominion Road, Balmoral, Auckland). Admittedly, Ras does not have as good an ambience and does not serve meat, but for instance the dhai poori, which everyone raves about, is fresher, lighter and more delicate at Ras, more of a home-style version, compared to the heavily filled, heavily sauced restaurant version at Satya, which I also find overpriced.

    Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Permalink
  3. Clayton C-L wrote:

    Have I seen a branch just open up top of Mt Eden road opposite Galbraithes Si?

    Monday, October 3, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

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