On a Wednesday night, Devonshire Street quiet as a tomb, we did have some trepidation pushing open the door to lonely heart Eat and Love - little did we know they would live up to their name. This little Indian, Bengali and Nepalese restaurant has only opened fairly recently and is full of promise.
The decor is sort of Queen of Hearts - quite sweet, very heartfelt. It's sparkling with lots of white tiles and mirrors which reflect the Bollywood movies playing on the flatscreen on the wall. Choose your angle so you don't have to watch yourself dribbling curry down your chin!
Non-veg momo (large serve), $8
At first glance the menu seems like a standard Indian restaurant menu, but there are hidden exotic gems. These non-veg momo are Nepalese dumplings in a kind of thick, almost pasta-like skin. They were tender, drizzled with a thin curry sauce and quite nice. Also try Fusion Cafe and Momo Bar in Footscray for good value momo.
Chicken vindaloo, $10.50
Palak paneer, $9
The worst examples of palak paneer (also known as saag paneer) are horrible, just rubbery cheese in a khaki-coloured pureed spinach sauce, with little more than acrid, dried-out ginger strips or a few token bits of tomato. This was not at all like that - the spinach was textured with home-style pureed tomato and just enough cream. Love the touch of authentic fenugreek leaves. Very pleasing indeed.
Really loved this raita, thick and sweet with grated carrot. It was much more substantial than the watery versions that abound, and good value at $2.50 - hate how sometimes a tiny serve is more than $4.
South Indian rice, $4.50
Interesting South Indian rice with coconut powder, curry leaves, dried fruit and mustard seeds. Honestly, I covered this with so much lovely saucy curry flavours, I can't really comment!
Butter naan, $2
Pretty good naan, perfect for soaking up the last bits of vindaloo sauce.
We were so pleasantly surprised how much we loved our meal. The prices are right and when I called back later to check something on the bill, Jack whom we spoke to was a perfect gentleman. Definitely heading back to check out the Bengali/Bangladeshi meal for two, which includes traditional Eastern Indian tuna kebab, "chicken roast" (marinated, shallow-fried chicken apparently) and two varieties of biryani. Check out the website for menu, coupons and deals.
We came, we ate and we did indeed love!
Thank you Lisa via Facebook for the tip! I am trying a new map format - below the restaurant demographics below there's a link to my Google map. This way you can also discover nearby restaurants by navigating between the pins. Red pins are restaurants, blue are food stores. If any links are broken, let me know.
Eat and Love
20 Devonshire Road, Sunshine
Phone: 9311 9277
Hours: Tues-Sun, 5 pm - 10.30 pm
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