The chaotic roads in India are strictly organised according to a hierarchy of size (cyclo, tuk tuk, car, bus, truck then cow) and of horn. A reminder of the hierarchy is painted on the back of every truck and bus – a cheery “Horn Please!” – which makes it the perfect name for an Indian restaurant.
|It’s a fun fit out at Horn Please|
Horn Please in North Fitzroy is the first restaurant in Melbourne from Jessi and Jennifer Singh, the pair behind Kyneton’s acclaimed Dhaba at the Mill. The place doesn’t look like your typical Indian restaurant, it’s a light high ceilinged room with dangling lights, and Bollywood movies projected along one wall. The menu’s fairly concise but manages to include classic Indian dishes along with street food like papdi chaat ($10) which is often sold out of little road side stalls in Mumbai. Crisp fried discs of samosa dough are slathered in yoghurt, green chutney and pops of sweetness from pomegranate seeds.
|Papdi Chaat at Horn Please|
When it comes to curry there’s a top notch lamb jalfrezi with lamb slow cooked with a hit of cardamon and cloves ($18). It was on the mild side but the heat hit came from the aloo gobi ($14) which included golden cauliflower and potatoes topped with sweet sultanas.
To finish Horn Please’s home made kulfi is sensational. Really creamy it is flavoured with cardamom, honey and some pistachios. There are wines from the Macedon ranges and a selection of boutique beers, MTV and I liked the Bridge Road Indian Pale Ale ($9). I liked Horn Please’s modern take on Indian food and I also liked filling my curry craving without having to dice with death on India’s roads.
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Details: Horn Please, 167 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North (Ph 9497 8101) Open 6pm – late.
Damage: Reasonable. Our bill came to $79 for two.