Vindaloo: Ruchi vs Jewel of India

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:

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

Details:
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 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 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 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 Lord Mælinar 3:35 pm 22 Oct 07

Sheesh ! Go move to London already !

mmmmm curry tripe…

BigDave 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 Thumper 1:52 pm 22 Oct 07

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

Unbeliever 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.

Maelinar Maelinar 10:55 am 22 Oct 07

lol @Mutley

Point taken – I was attempting to represent how far I’d drive to get to the restraunt using my woeful knowledge of anything south of LBG.

Absent Diane Absent Diane 10:20 am 22 Oct 07

I would say tandoor in belco for butter chicken (murgh makhani?)its the best and is more sour than sweet – if you are after a bit of blatant heat the indian in the belco food court has a pretty hot vindaloo which is comparable in heat to jewel in manuka but the flavour is not quite as good. The best fish curry I have had was on malvern road in toorak melbourne- sensational and the looks of the place are typically deceiving. Best fish curry in canberra I think was at a place in watson – but not sure if it is open anymore.

mutley mutley 10:05 am 22 Oct 07

I’d drive from Queanbeyan just to eat it.

Not exactly the biggest endorsement. I’d drive from Queanbeyan just to escape.

Oh, and it is telling that no-one has mentioned the Blue Elephant in Braddon!

Thumper Thumper 8:41 am 22 Oct 07

Jewel for me.

Love the Vindaloo…

Also the Kashmir in Narrabundah, only a small operation but excellent food…

Maelinar Maelinar 8:25 am 22 Oct 07

BigDave – I have 2 options to present to you – albeit this is a spin on this thread and the subject of later critiques:

1. Go to Ruchi Belconnen and order Butter Chicken, Dosai, and Garlic Naan.

2. Go to Jewel of India Manuka and order Black Dhaal, Vindaloo, and any korma dish.

Ruchi is by far the most superior butter chicken anywhere in Canberra. I’d drive from Queanbeyan just to eat it.

Jewel on the quality stakes is superior in a lot of ways, although for me it’s a bit of a ‘celebration’ venue. If I was invited down for a meal tonight though, I would go – celebrate life is a good enough excuse. Their black dhaal is to die for.

Cameron Cameron 11:42 pm 21 Oct 07

A proper curry house in England? How about… you know… India?

In any case, I agree with VicePope. I’ve always been partial to Rama’s.

BigDave BigDave 11:38 pm 21 Oct 07

I’m sorry, but it’s impossible to buy a good curry here in Canberra (or possibly Australia), and those that think you can have obviously never tasted a REAL curry. They are all crap. Once you’ve sampled a proper curry house in England you’ll know that they just have no idea over here. As for the food court in Belconnen being very close to London standard? DREAM ON!!!

burninator burninator 11:17 pm 21 Oct 07

Rama’s has gone down hill since my first visit there about 3 or 4 years ago. Jewel (ask for a ‘too hot’ madras) and Ruchi (chicken andra) are great, but so is Flavours of India and Kitchen of India (in Gungahlin).

By far, the best service anywhere is Indian Affair, but I seem to recall they don’t serve one of the staples of Indian that I require. Like naan or samosas or something – can’t recall.

VicePope VicePope 10:21 pm 21 Oct 07

Rama’s – first, second, third. Then daylight. Indian Affair has been pretty good.

I have not been to the Curtin place for years. I found the food all too similar, and not especially tasty. The decor was oppressive and I thought the service was intrusive.

KaneO – dead right about Jabal’s. I’ve bought some great beef and lamb there – my cooking victims won’t go for goat. The vegies are pretty good too.

nyssa76 nyssa76 9:02 pm 21 Oct 07

Ruchi’s who still owe me about $150-200 in wages from 1998?

Ok food, but they treated their staff crap – well the Anglos anyway.

boholisa boholisa 5:25 pm 21 Oct 07

Was at Ruchi last night. It was not bad but I prefer Jewel of India (yes, despite the slow service). But the papadum at Ruchi was delicious. I could just sit there and munch on it all day.

I-filed I-filed 2:26 pm 21 Oct 07

I agree with Jemmy – the masala dosa from the food court at Belconnen Mall is a standout – unbelievably good value, easily as good as ‘restaurant food’ and very close to London standard.

Pandy Pandy 12:46 am 21 Oct 07

the last time I had Indian from the place in Curtin, I had the shits. I plame it on the so called “mild” chile.

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