I love a bit of spice in my life, so when I heard about a new Indian restaurant opening at Noosa Junction I did not need any encouragement to check it out. Noosa already boasts several Indian restaurants, but in my opinion they are in the “same old” category, offering your typical average Indian meal. Having heard only good things about Mystic India, I ventured there with high hopes of finding an authentic Indian restaurant that stands out from the rest.
Tucked away at the back of the Junction, in typical Indian restaurant style Mystic India is a modest, relaxed establishment. On my first visit the place was well and truly packed – granted it was a Saturday evening, but for a restaurant that had only been open several weeks that’s fairly impressive! Even on my second visit, a mid-week evening, the restaurant was still over half-full.
The menu offered a decent but not overwhelming selection of typical Indian favourites, as well as a few lesser known dishes. It always concerns me when a menu is too extensive, so it was refreshing to find one that didn’t take the entire evening to read.
To begin, my dining partner and I ordered a Mixed Entrée to share which offered a generous selection of tasty Indian morsels, including various pakora. Be warned, if you want to save room for main courses, one Mixed Entrée easily serves two! On my second visit I opted for the Mixed Tandoori Platter entrée , which comprised of tandoori fish, prawns, chicken and lamb. Again, very generous portions meant that one entrée serving was ample for two people.
Main courses sampled over my 2 visits included Prawn Saag, Lamb Vindaloo, Butter Chicken, and a Fish Curry. I always order Butter Chicken when trying out a new Indian restaurant, as I find this is a benchmark dish and provides a good indication of the food quality. I was not disappointed: all dishes were extremely tasty, with the stand- outs being the seafood choices. Serving sizes were slightly more generous than usually found in Indian restaurants, with plenty of meat and fish to go with the sauce. The head chef assured me that he prepares all his curry bases from scratch.
We accompanied main courses on both occasions with a Garlic Naan and a Spicy Naan, both of which were very tasty but the garlic being my favourite. Rice is complementary. Sadly I didn’t manage to find room for dessert on either occasion, but I do have a weakness for Kulfi so vow to save space next time I return!
Considering the quality of the food, the menu prices at Mystic India are surprisingly reasonable, with the seafood mains even coming in at under $20. Another big plus is that Mystic India is BYO.
The only negative I experienced was that on my first visit the service was less than average, with our entrees taking well over an hour and customers arriving 40 minutes after us being served first. However, the quality of the food made me give Mystic India a second chance and I’m pleased I did as the service on the second visit was a completely different experience. No doubt it was due to a very full newly opened restaurant with staff still in training and hopefully these teething problems have been addressed.
I can definitely recommend Mystic India for a tasty, authentic and affordable Indian meal.
1/8 Lanyana Way, Noosa Heads
Phone: 5455 4299