I know Indians can make a damn good curry and I know that they definitely can dance but who knew they make really good desserts too! My friend introduced me to Bharat International spice and sweet centre a few years ago and now when I go in the manager recognises my face.
Mango lassi ($3.00) One of the better tasting lassis that I have had and it isn’t too runny. I always get one just in case my mouth can’t hack the curry that I’ve just ordered. It’s hard to buy lassi when I have just started making a lot of my own (it is so easy!), I’ll have to share the recipe with you guys soon.
Samosas ($2.50) It might be considered a little dry to some but the delicious tamarind sauce sure makes up for it!
Kadi with rice ($6.95) You can really taste all the different spices in this dish but I prefer choley as a vegetarian option.
Butter chicken and rice ($7.50) Not the best butter chicken (I’ve had the best in Canberra!) but still a great steal at $7.50.
Choley Bhature (2 puffed bread with chick pea curry) $6.95 served 11:30am - 3:00pm. I have eaten a lot of different breads in my time- naan, roti, paratha, chapati but never have I seen “puffed bread”, these babies come out looking like footballs eventually deflating down to a flat bread, it can be a little oily but it tastes so good! The curry is also really good, all the chilli component is more in the condiments under the bread.
It’s not called a sweets centre for nothing. Usually at an Indian restaurant you would see gulab jamun or your typical vanilla ice-cream with some topping but never did I imagine that there are such a variety in Indian desserts. A lot of them are very sweet, are either made from milk products or cheese and from what my friend tells me about the laborious process of making these sweets, it is much easier to buy them!
I haven’t tried everything, but I am a big fan of burfi- not too sweet but I still take little bites. Jalebi- bright orange and fried dripping with sticky syrup and it is very sweet, I usually take a bite every few hours so I don’t come off my sugar high. Rasmalai- a mildy sweet cheese dessert in a very aromatic milky sauce and who doesn’t love a gulab jamun!
Burfi- almond and cashew and chocolate oh my!
And of course they have the famous gulab jamun, beautifully warmed too.
I find the staff very friendly and patient as I stare up at the lit sign for a long time trying to decide what I want. To me it seems very authentic to see all these options you wouldn’t usually get in an Indian restaurant in terms of curries and desserts. They have a very casual dining area but when you’re here for a quick cheap lunch it is decent enough.
They stock so many spices, oils, rice and religious items, you are bound to find what you’re looking for at Bharat International, so while you are waiting for your food you can conveniently go shopping.
Venue: Bharat International spice and sweet centre
Address: 1/17-23 Oatley Court Belconnen ACT 2617
Phone: (02) 6251 0455
Opening hours: Open 7 days
Monday: 10:30am - 3:00pm
Tuesday - Sunday 10:30am - 8:00pm