|Goat curry ala Indian style - much more sumptious than the south-east Asian version.|
We were greeted by smiling faces, whether from the lady taking our food orders or the young gentleman bringing us our dishes. The restaurant was well patronised even on a week night, especially for Wollongong. The steamed rice was impeccable. Nobody made a fuss about the rather chilling weather outside.
Spicy food can be accompanied by a matching drinks list, and JJ's has the usual mix of beers, wines, Lhassi, mixer drinks and soft drinks. There are three main categories in the food as I see it - a rather extensive vegetarian, some seafood and other mains.
|Barramundi fillet curry as in the Mallabari - fresh fish and creamy curry that brings out the best of the ocean flavours and spices of the land. The scent of curry leaves and mustard seeds lift this dish up as well.|
The Australian practice is to ask what level of chilli hotness do you prefer as a dining customer. We settled for the medium level. Even if personally I have a preference for hotter curries, I did enjoy the texture and taste of the curry gravies served. I reckon this comes down to the harmony with an optimal amount of spice mix and in the end it is the overall flavour and outcome of each Indian culinary dish. If any fault is to be found, a mate remarked that perhaps the curries we had seemed too creamy for his taste.
There is a rather delightful consistency in the dishes created and cooked at JJ's. The careful use of ingredients shows in the bite and experience. The Wollongong restaurant is decked out with a tasteful dining lay out and some displays of cultural icons, which help to add to the atmosphere.
|Our prawn Masala - a pretty sight and even more tasty!|
JJ's visited is located at 3/50 Crown Street, Wollongong NSW, not far from the junction with Corrimal Street and near two large apartment blocks.Opening hours are from noon to 230pm for lunch and from 5pm to 10pm for dinner every day.Contact + 61 2 4225 0888There is also another outlet of JJ's in Kiama NSW.
My impressions of JJ's in Wollongong NSW:Ambiance: 3.5 out of 5Customer Engagement: 4 out of 5Culinary Delight: 3.5 out of 5X Factor: 3 out of 5Overall: 14/4 out of 5
My other recommended dishes from the menu are:
Machli Raye Tamatari - a tomato based fish curry.
Gulbadan Kofta - these are deep fried veg mince balls served in a sauce made cleverly from cashew nut paste. Totally vegetarian, looks colourful.
Barrah Kebab - an Iranian inspired serving of grilled lamb cutlets, which have been marinated in hung curd, peppercorns, Cardamoms, cloves, ginger paste and garlic. Also made with mutton in traditional cooking.
Garlic prawns, flavoured with yoghurt and cooked.