Indian Temptations is a small Indian takeaway on Main North Road, across from the Harvey Norman Big Buys, just before the Grand Junction Road intersection. You may drive past it every day, but you may not know what you are missing out on. It's open all the time, early or late, and it's always busy.
I would probably eat from here once a month, maybe three times every two months. I love the place. I've tried all the other Indian takeaways in the area, and many many out of my area. I have spoken to a lot of people, and it always comes back to Indian Temptations, always. So, I've eaten most of the menu, and have my three favourites which I am going to review here. I apologise for my photo's they aren't that well taken, nor is there fancy presentation of the food. I suggest you try the place out based upon my words today, not the pictures :-)
|Lamb Seekh Kebab|
|Naan, the Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Roganjosh and Rice|
The Lamb is slow cooked, and is super soft. The gravy has a deep red colour, produced by the dried chilli's, which impart a great smokiness to the dish. It doesn't have the more western tomato driven flavours that I have tasted in other versions. It packs some heat, but not too much heat to spoil the dish.
The Chicken Tikka Masala is a dish that divides many. Many I have spoken to like it to be creamy and sweet, without a lot of chilli. I love it to pack some chilli punch, and to be a more tomato based sauce. Indian Temptations fulfils my requirements, by ensuring that there is sufficient heat, with a rich sauce that isn't overly sweet. The chicken is baked in the tandoor, and you get little crunchy burnt bits throughout that give you that tandoor taste. It's another winner for me.
The naan here are also great. You can see them being cooked freshly when you arrive, and they are always soft and fluffy. If I was to be negative about anything here, it's the amount of salt in the dishes. I usually wake up half way through the night needing a trip to the kitchen for some more water! Other than that, the people are always nice, it's always super busy, and the serves are really generous. You may be lucky enough to get a table if you try, but, for me, I like to pre-order, and drive down twenty minutes later to collect. If you do sit, it's super noisy, but in a good way. Lot's of people just enjoying good food, really casual atmosphere without any pretentious crap.
Next time you're on the hunt for great Indian, head to Indian Temptations, the best take away Indian in Adelaide. Let me know in the comments section if you agree or disagree!
Nathan gives Indian Temptations 17/20 chops on The Chopping Board.
Food - 9/10
Service - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5