Well despair no longer spice-lovers, because this place has you covered. And you can keep your tinned food in the pantry.
IndiMex in Greenslopes is, as the name suggests, an Indian-Mexican fusion restaurant.
The drinks menu caters to this type of food, with options including Iced Chai, Mango Lassi, and Sangria.
We opted for a couple of mocktails to start our fusion experience:
- Virgin Pina Colada: Monin coconut, Monin rum and pineapple juice
- Virgin Margarita: Monin lime, Monin triple sec and lime juice
The syrups used in these mocktails made them decadent and an absolute treat. The Virgin Pina Colada was pure liquid coconut, and the Virgin Margarita was a refreshingly tangy.
- Madras Garlic Chilli Prawns: Six fresh prawns sautéed in garlic, fresh chopped chilies and Madras spices
- Chimosa: A funky fusion of Indian Samosa filling in a crispy fried Mexican tortilla wrap, with sweet chilli sauce
Conversation at the table dried-up when these dishes were brought out because they were just so damn tasty.
While the prawns were one of the spicest things we ate all night, we could still taste the sweetness of the prawns and garlic.
The chimosas were really unlike anything I'd tried before- I loved them. The fried tortilla wrap was crisp on the outside, and still soft on the inside which gave an awesome texture to the vege filling.
In the end though we went for these two gems:
- Steak Fajita: Sizzler loaded with striploin steak, bell peepers, onions and salsa, with a side of flour tortilla, sour cream, guacamole and black lentil.
- Barramundi Veracruzana: Whole baby Barramundi, seasoned gently, marinated in select spices and grilled then served in tomato, olive, and caper salsa with steamed rice, chutney and poppadums.
When the steak fajita came out, it was sizzling like New Years Eve.
Every customer around us stopped whatever they were doing to watch the spectacle of this delicious smelling dish make its way to our table. The table behind us even asked what it was so they could all make exactly the same order.
The steak itself was marinated in some sort of delicious concoction and melted in your mouth with the fresh tortilla.
The whole barramundi was yet another showstopper. You can't but help to look at someone about to tuck into a whole fish with glee! Also, the dish was so long it required its very own panorama shot.
I was a bit uncertain about ordering this because of all of the bones I'd have to make my way through, but the whole fish came out completely deboned apart from the head and tail. Not only was eating this an absolute breeze, it was bloody tasty too.
The sauce was something I could have happily slurped a whole bowl-full of. The olives and caper salsa added some depth to the rich, creamy sauce. The barramundi itself was soft and meaty.
I do need to spare a moment for the poppadums too. Usually I avoid poppadums because they're too oily and tasteless to me. These however were somehow light with no oil residue on them at all, and the addition of curry seeds made them really quite flavourful in their own right.
- Chocolate Brownie: with cream, strawberries and chocolate topping
- Gulab Jamun: a traditional Indian sweet
Obviously a brownie isn't terribly Indian or Mexican. So for anyone unsure if they can handle the fusion, there are other options available. This one was pure decadence on a plate.
For anyone who hasn't had gulab jamun, they're like little dense cakey balls saturated in a syrup which often has a bit of rosewater in it. We often judge an Indian restaurant by the quality of their gulab, and these were right up there!
The gulab jamon balls themselves were soft and fresh and completely soaked through with the aromatic syrup.
By bringing out the best of two cultures' food, IndiMex has raised the bar for what we should expect when we order a burrito or a korma.
This really is delicious international diplomacy on a plate.
- Indimex can be found at 401 Logan Rd, Greenslopes 4120
- Open 7 days for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Dinner mains $15.95 - $30.95.
Tanya dinned as a guest of IndiMex.