[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.