My favourite restaurant in Perth, and quite possibly the world, is the Royal India in West Perth. As a result, I eat there often.
Is this Perth's best restaurant for vegetarians?
I'm a vegetarian, which is one of the reasons I like Indian restaurants in general and the Royal India in particular. In my humble view, Indians understand vegetarianism and when an Indian restaurant says its food is vegetarian, it almost always is.
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So often I have visited a Chinese restaurant and been told that a dish was vegetarian, only to smell the fish sauce in it. Or I've dropped in to an Italian restaurant only to find that the vegetarian risotto is flavoured with chicken stock - and that the only truly vegetarian dish was gnocchi. I have eaten enough gnocchi not to need it again, specially because so few restaurants seem to cook it well.
I have been to any number of high-end restaurants only to be confronted by arrogant wait staff telling me that there was nothing vegetarian on the menu other than side salads, looking down their nose and telling me that the chef would put something together for me, or trying to convince me that fish was not meat.
I like the Royal India because their vegetarian food is vegetarian. Further to this, the staff are never arrogant, don't look down their noses and always ensure that I feel important enough to be worthy of quality food, quality mineral water and quality LEAF tea.
The food at the Royal India is colourful, aromatic and as tasty as just about any food I have eaten. The menu is long, perhaps too long, but offers something for everyone – leaving them feeling important and, ultimately, well fed.
The servings are ample and, like all Indian food, fills you up surprisingly quickly. Even dishes that look small offer enough for the most hungry guest.
The service is outstanding, although on occasion, a bit too attentive, but always friendly. They always remember returning guests, offer the best table available and cater for every expressed, and often unexpressed, need. It seems that the Royal India only employs nice people who care about their customers.
The tables are spacious, great for business lunches with notes, the thatched chairs are comfortable and the whole experience is very comfortable. The atmosphere, while not classically Indian, is very comfortable and welcoming, with enough Indian theming to avoid any misconception about the style of food to be served.
Most of the time it is easy enough to get a park right out front or in the carpark at the back. Very convenient indeed!
Not that yesterday is any indication of what one can expect tomorrow, begging the question regarding why one reads reviews at all. But the Royal India has been there for 35 years, with the same owners and the same consistent quality. For more than three decades, this restaurant has been a symbol of quality food, great service and a comfortable environment.
If you have not been there, go! If you have been, tell me what you think of this icon of Perth dining.
Next week, I will review the Woodlands Cabernet Merlot.
Until then, happy eating and drinking!
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