We certainly love a curry here in Newcastle. Whether it be Indian, Thai or anything in between, these hearty and warming dishes have long held a place in our hearts.
Given the current weather, a curry makes for the perfect meal to ward off those wintery chills and the amount of quality curry houses in this neck of the woods means that you won’t have to travel to far to find one that makes your palate sing.
We asked you last week where to go for the best dishes in Newcastle and, without further ado, here are your responses.
1. Surtaj Indian Restaurant
265 Hunter Street, Newcastle
This family-run restaurant, located in the heart of Newcastle, has been serving up quality Indian fare to hungry Novocastrians since 1995 so it’s no surprise that their curries have found their way on to this list.
Having sampled Surtaj’s hefty menu in the past, this writer can definitely attest to their quality – especially their deliciously creamy beef Korma and Chicken Masala.
Surtaj isn’t afraid to pack on the heat for the more adventurous either, with one fan commenting: “Surtaj on Hunter St, so much flavour, and when you want it spicy, it’s spicy!”
2. Sapphire Indian Restaurant
367-369 Glebe Road, Merewether
Coming a close second in our poll, this Glebe Road gem marries a touch of fine dining with bountiful flavours and the result speaks for itself.
You don’t have to dine in to experience all that Sapphire has to offer either as they offer a take-away option.
If you like your curries HOT, then this writer can definitely recommend the fiery yet delicious Beef Jalfrezi or the classic Butter Chicken for a more subdued palate.
One Sapphire fan even went as far as to say the curries that come out of the Sapphire kitchen are as good, if not better than anywhere in the world.
“Sapphire Adamstown, as good as eating anywhere in Brick Lane, London. Hands down best Indian in Newy.”
High praise, indeed.
3. The Grand Pavilion
456 The Esplanade, Warners Bay
This Warners Bay curry house is grand in name and grand in flavour.
Starting life in Sydney, the Grand Pavilion has since popped up at two locations on the Central Coast as well as Warners Bay – which is surely testament to the quality of the traditional Indian fare coming out of the kitchens.
The Chef’s Special menu is a real treat – in particular the Mughlai Chicken (traditional cashew nut, almond-based sauce flavoured with cardamom, cloves and bay leaf with a touch of fresh cream) and the Handi Goat Masala (goat sautéed with onion, tomatoes and capsicum with a dash of ginger).
4. Raj’s Corner
Cnr Beaumont Street and James Street, Hamilton
Ahh Raj’s. A conversation about Newy curries arguably isn’t complete until mentioning this Beaumont Street staple.
A long-time takeaway favourite, especially for this Hamilton resident, the curries at Raj’s are delicious, quick and most importantly bursting with flavour.
You truly can’t go past their classic Butter Chicken.
5. Sticky Rice Thai
116 Hannell Street, Wickham
Given the amount of quality Thai eateries in Newcastle and beyond, it was a bit of a surprise to see only one hit the top five.
However, if you did have to choose one, Sticky Rice would have to be pretty high at the top of the list and their Massaman curry is s sure-fire winner.
And it seems you agree with the likes of: “Massaman is Sticky Rice Thai no question,” and “Can’t go past the Massaman Beef at Sticky Rice Thai in Wickham, blows my mind every time.”