5 Rivers, Woodvale

A few curries with an onion bhaji, rice and garlic naan

5 Rivers is one of the best Indian restaurants in the northern suburbs for takeaway. The restaurant itself is part of a mediocre local shopping centre in the same complex as the Woodvale Tavern. It has nice enough tables, each with a cute little candle-holder, but it’s very small and cramped. I dined there once and was very impressed by the food, but the restaurant itself was quite plain and not very comfortable. It’s definitely a popular place though, which might account for the number of tables crammed into such a small shopfront.

The owners of 5 Rivers are originally from the UK and the menu reflects the styles of curry from this region. One curry on the menu in particular, the balti, was actually created and popularised in Britain. I’m not sure how traditionally Indian the rest of the food is, but all the dishes I’ve tried have been flavoursome and well spiced.

There are many different items on the menu including a myriad of curries, tandoor oven dishes, and vegetarian options. Unlike many Indian restaurants, 5 Rivers serve beef. Most curries come with a choice of 3 or more meats including beef, chicken, prawn, lamb and fish. There are some excellent vegetarian curries as well with potato, chickpeas, lentils or paneer (curd cheese).

On this particular night we ordered onion bhajis with mint raita (deep fried onion balls), jeera allo (potatoes cooked with cumin, herbs and spices), lamb saag (spinach curry), butter chicken and garlic naan (flatbread). We get the bhajis every time because they are so tasty, especially with the mint chutney that comes with them. Jeera allo is another favourite that we order a lot. It’s very spicy and flavoursome considering it’s mostly just potatoes. The saag at 5 Rivers is one of the best I’ve tried. Don’t be put off by it’s unappealing green colour, it is actually very tasty and the lamb is always cooked beautifully. The butter chicken we haven’t had before but it was good too. Not the best butter chicken I’ve ever had, but it’s up there. I have also tried the balti, madras, bhuna and vindaloo, and would recommend them all.

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