$20 per person
61A Hobson Street, Auckland Central, Auckland
If you set your expectations of Raviz by the dilapidated state of Hobson Street, you might have a reasonable meal. If you set your standards by ‘enjoyable’ Indian food, you’ll likely be disappointed.
We went there for August's Restaurant Month, and after convincing three staff that Raviz was indeed taking part, we got down to ordering. We picked a couple of entrees, beef vindaloo, handi chicken and desserts. The tandoori chicken is a Western Indian restaurant classic, and certainly lived up to expectations. Moist, slightly oily and the charcoaled exterior adding to the flavour. The paneer pakora sounded like an abomination, but I had to try it out due to my love of paneer and pakora. It was essentially deep fried paneer, which made for a brilliant guilty treat. Our enjoyable meal, and the friendly service soon faded into memory.
Our previous pleasant waitress must have finished her shift, for our empty dishes were left for fifteen minutes before any staff came over. The waitress's sorry replacement didn't even clear a napkin, before he carried the curries to our packed table. He shoved the food onto it, crashing into plates as if he believed time and space would bend to allow everything to fit! This of course being impossible, meant we scrambled to clear room before one of us got drenched in sauce. Once this trial had been accomplished we greedily dug into the curries. The first mouthfuls felt good, until I realised I was 'drinking' more oil than I was 'eating' curry. I quickly felt the ill effects of this swamp of grease and we moved on. I asked our waiter to clear and dessert soon followed. The still partially frozen kulfi tasted as if it came from a wholesale tub, and the gulab jamun were doughy. Disappointing, but at least I didn't feel any worse.