Indian Affair in the City is the offshoot of Indian Affair Restaurant in Phillip. They originally tried an Indian-Italian fusion menu, which was not particularly popular with Canberra customers. Personally, I think the traditional Indian cuisine works much better - as evidenced by the $10 lunch I tried there! On this occasion, I ordered the butter chicken, which came in a takeaway container.
This butter chicken can be described with one word. Luscious. I had a hallelujah moment and closed my eyes in bliss after my first mouthful.
The sauce was sweet and creamy...almost velvety in texture. (I shudder to think how many calories were in this meal!!)
There was a generous amount of chicken, which was tender and smoky in flavour from the tandoor. As I'm a bit of a chilli wuss, I ordered the mild version and there was absolutely no heat whatsoever. I think I might be game enough to level up to medium hot next time.
In terms of the rice to curry ratio, it was perfect. I absolutely hate when it's mostly rice and the meal becomes bland and dry. I like my sauce. I'm a saucy kinda girl.
This was an incredibly satisfying meal for a cheap lunch, especially on a dreary winter day.
The $10 lunch menu (available Wed - Fri, 12pm-2pm) includes Butter Chicken and Korma, Madras or Vindaloo with chicken, beef or lamb. Basic naan bread is an extra $2.50 each (more for flavoured naan breads).
I think it will be a tough choice at my next visit to Indian Affair in the City - to order something I KNOW is fantastic or to risk trying something new! Watch this space...