Venue:- Mountains of the Moon
Location:- Valle Del Este Golf Resort Vera
Haven’t been to an Indian for a while so thought we would give Mountains a try. The restaurant is set within the commercial centre - right at the back - of the Valle Del Este Golf Resort. The restaurant is a fairly large modern box affair with as much table seating outside as there is in - in fact more outside than in, although this is the ‘cold’ season so eating in only!
We started with the usual poppadoms (60 cents each) and a tray of dips (2.00) which consisted of chopped up onions and tomatoes, lime pickle, mango chutney and the yoghurty minty sauce. We devoured the nice crispy and fresh poppadoms with relish! (ha! Just my little joke) - we don’t like mango chutney so that was left.
For real starters we had the mixed vegetable and meat platter (7.50 for two) which consisted of sheek kebab, onion bahje, vegetable pakora and chicken wings all served with a nice tomato based chilli relish - all very nice.
The mains consisted of all the usual Indian suspects plus a specials section the likes of which I have not come across before - several ‘new’ dishes for me apparently using ‘mothers’ recipe. We decided on a couple of these specials … Firstly the vegetable garlic supreme (8.95), vampires beware, it contains a lot of garlic, the meal could have been done with chicken, lamb or prawns but this diner wanted vegetables. The meal was really delicious, plenty of vegetables with loads of garlic this was accompanied by just plain rice(2.40). I had the Chicken Tikka Malbari a superb dish not too spicy but a wonderful combination of many spices that made the tongue tingle and a very pleasant after taste - I want more! I had this with mushroom rice (2.85).
Desserts - how absolutely wonderful, a restaurant that actually does real Indian puds! I had the Gulab Jamon a sort of sweet doughnut served in a sweet flowery syrup - its difficult to describe but its taste is divine especially if you are sweet toothed. The other was a carrot halwa, a truly magnificent dish normally only served during Indian festivals, here they have it all the time - to make it is a labour of love, it takes hours! The diner wanted more, we haven’t tasted halwa for many many years.
Orange juice at 1.50, pints at 2.50, café con leche at 1.50 and solos at 1.20 completed the meal - Total cost for the two of us 51.15 - a truly superb meal.
Overall this is by far the best Indian that I have eaten in around this area, having tried the Playa and Turre. The restaurant may be a few miles from the Playa but please try it if you like Indian food - we will definitely be going back.