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Vindaloo: Ruchi vs Jewel of India

By Maelinar 20 October 2007 27

In the same essence as the Sammy’s Laksa (old premises) being a 10/10/10 for comparitive purposes – Jewel of India gets the mantle of 10/10/10 here’s a blow by blow comparison of Ruchi Belconnen vs Jewel of India Manuka vindaloo:

Taste (Flavour) = 9
Size = 10
Ingredients = 10
Decor/Cutlery = 8
Waiting Staff = 8
Cost = 10

Ruchi is a comparable vindaloo to Jewel of India – but only if you are in Belconnen and can’t be bothered going all the way to Manuka. The taste is slightly lesser in fire terms (less chilli), but otherwise a good curry. Ruchi has recently undergone an update, and if you haven’t been there in a while it’s worth going down to check out their more modern decor, although they have moved away from the more intimate indian style for a more modern feel, which detracts slightly from the ‘indian experience’.

The waiting staff are a little slow, and not as personable as the Ruchi guys who actively endeavour to keep the atmosphere going. It can be a little like being served by a McDonalds cashier, as their bleak uniforms don’t do anything towards fostering an indian experience.

On a side note, Ruchi appears to have more alcoholic beverages of an indian nature which may subconsiously affect my ratings, even though I’m not rating their provision of alcohol.

Overall Rating:
I give it a 9, and I’ll be returning often as Manuka is too far to travel just for a takeaway vindaloo, especially when I’ve just driven all the way from Barton beforehand.

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captainwhorebags 3:32 pm 23 Oct 07

BigDave & Ubeliever: this article was comparing an Indian dish at two restaurants in Canberra. There’s no suggestion of them being world best.

If you want to sit at home with your arms crossed and say “It’s not the same as London, I’m not going”, then good for you.

Thumper 10:47 am 23 Oct 07

Kashmir is run by Iqbal and Farida, very nice friendly people. And yes, the decor is a bit dodgy, but the food is superb.

I certainly recommend it.

getalife 10:40 am 23 Oct 07

Jewel of India is very good. Nice atmosphere and high quality food. By the way, the Indian Takeaway in the Belconnen food court is actually owned by JeweI of India, so the food is quite similar. This is not to be confused with Jewel of India in the food court in Canberra Centre. That Jewel of India is actually a chain of takeaways (hope I haven’t confused you).
Great Indian food can be found at Kashmir Houseat Narrabundah shops. This place has a truly authentic feel. The service is friendly but pretty much what you might expect from a family run suburban restaurant, the decor is downright 70’s dodgy but the food is close to the best I’ve had anywhere. If you like Indian food you must check this place out. Try the Balti Goat: sensational.

Lord Mælinar 3:35 pm 22 Oct 07

Sheesh ! Go move to London already !

mmmmm curry tripe…

BigDave 2:57 pm 22 Oct 07

Well said, Unbeliever. Well said.

As for London being on par with Canberra? Yeah right!! I refuse to eat the tripe that passes for curries in this town. I make my own. 100 times better, and probably 100 times cheaper.

Thumper 1:52 pm 22 Oct 07

London is not much better. In fact, on a par really….

Unbeliever 1:49 pm 22 Oct 07

BigDave: When I read this story, I thought it was a joke. You’re absolutely right, you can’t get a decent curry in Canberra! The ones being served up at the so-called best indian places like Ruchi, JoI or Rama’s are spiced up, unbalanced rip-offs. Still you’d have to know what went in a real curry to appreciate this. To the uninitiated, the general indian fare in Canberra can seem like it’s godsent. But that doesn’t make it any better. Superiority is relative, and in Canberra that’s not saying much.

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