Manjits Indian restaurant is a Sydney dining institution and a family run business which was established in 1984. Manjits has since branched out to include a number of locations including Balmain, King Street Wharf Darling Harbour and further south to Wollongong, and one of its northern suburbs, Corrimal.
We visited Manjits King Street Wharf and were informed that this location is known for its innovative menu, building on traditional classics to create modern masterpieces.
Manjits King Street wharf, as the name suggests is a waterfront restaurant with a cool outlook over the vessels on display at the Maritime Museum. This restaurant is large with classic white linen set tables and private dining spaces enclosed by curtains. It is a fully licensed venue which is great for a seaside beverage, as well as a meal.
The entrees at Manjits were all exceptional. The masala prawn pakora bites, crispy fried in chickpea batter and spiced with dried chili and curry leaves were incredibly moreish.
The Bharrah lamb kebab was perfectly cooked and spectacularly flavoursome, these cutlets disappeared very quickly off the plate. All of the meat dishes were done very well; the fish malai and the baniare chicken both vibrantly colourful in appearance and taste.
At Manjits Lime Street Wharf, innovation is on display with a twist on the street classic – the gol gol gappa, a crispy pastry shell, filled with spiced chickpea and potato and pomegranate. Pour in the tamarind sauce and this will certainly further target the taste buds. This was also the case with the amazingly tasty crab uttapam (rice lentil pancake). The pancakes topped with sweet blue swimmer crab meat, cooked with green chilli, corriander, split peas and topped with orange beads of fish roe.
It is a must to order Naan bread when enjoying Indian cusine. OMFG Manjits produced the biggest NAAN we have ever seen. Even better, it was a combination of plain and garlic. This was perfect to accompany the mains and soak up the delicious curry sauce.
We love the bold flavours that are associated with Indian cooking, in particular the curries. The Kochin Balmain Bug Curry, a highlight not to be missed. This dish is a Southern Indian curry having a bit of heat, but it combines well with the coconut milk and seafood sweetness of the balmain bugs and the meat will pretty much melt in your mouth.
The next dish was a bit of a suprise it looked like a pot pie, but when the pastry top was removed it revealed the Dum Ki Biryani. A traditional fragrant spiced rice dish with sweet sultanas to counter the spice, dig to the bottom of the dish and you will find tender cuncks of nicely spiced chicken to gorge on.
Full as a goog, relax, enjoy the view and peruse the dessert menu. The food is hearty and the potions generous, you will need to summon your dessert stomach. But it will be highly worth it, for a dig at the mango and pistachio kulfi. Served in a cone shape this frozen yogurt dessert was great to cool down on, after a spicy meal.
For something a little different, try the rasmalai, a traditional dessert consisting of condensed milk dumplings soaked in saffron and cardamon milk and topped with a pistachio crumb. This dessert has a subtle sweetness and the saffron and cardamon hit the sense of smell with their exotic aromas.
Manjits is a restaurant that ticks all of the boxes, great service, location, views and most importantly great food. Such gracious hosts, this family run restaurant, has been well established for over 30 years. This alone is proof enough that Manjits are producing the goods, to further re-enforce this, the Good Food Guide has awarded Manjit’s with a chef’s hat.
We would like to thank the restaurant and staff for their hospitality and Spooning Australia for the invitation to dine.