Ashoka the Great – ancient and ruthless ruler of the Indian subcontinent, subsequently repentant Buddhist and now the namesake of one wonderful Indian restaurant at the eastern end of Adelaide’s city centre. Ashoka’s Hutt Street restaurant is a haven for lovers of Indian cuisine with a particular penchant for northern specialties and Pakistani-crossover cuisine. All the classics are clear and present, but there’s enough innovation at work in the kitchen to keep the adventurous coming back. There’s wine and beer a plenty, but BYO is also an option. Sharpen your cutlery and wade into battle at Ashoka now.
Ashoka’s most popular offering is its eminently affordable lunch menu. All curries would be served with rice, say the generous proprietors at this restaurant’s Adelaide city centre outpost to northern Indian and Pakistani cuisine, with dishes ranging from the delicate to the fearsome, depending on your head for spicy heights. Burning for a butter chicken? Ashoka’s got your back. Want to rip into a rogan josh, cane a kadahi chicken? All is fair in love and war in the court of Ashoka down Hutt Street.
For those less carnivorous curry warriors – you are the purest of the pure when it comes to Indian culinary tradition – there’s plenty of vegetarian dishes on offer at Ashoka Indian Cuisine’s restaurant. Delights like the shahi paneer and paneer dopiaza make the most of the delicious homemade South Asian cottage cheese in a creamy cashew confection or Punjabi-style gravy respectively. And lentils and eggplants all make an appearance on this side of the dietary-requirement fence, much to the pleasure of Adelaide diners trawling the eastern fringes of the city centre for a little bit of authenticity when it comes to Indian dining.