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NOT: Miss India New Farm, 620 Brunswick St, New Farm

Miss India 620 Brunswick St New Farm

In colour theory, red is the colour that’s supposed to stimulate the appetite. So it makes sense that Miss India has chosen to deck out its chain of ‘instant Indian takeaway’ stores in bright swathes of red and yellow – and if that’s not enough, the long bain marie counter of vibrant curry hues will definitely stimulate your tastebuds.

Their takeaway pamphlet boasts “We have been told many times that we have Brisbane’s best butter chicken’. As the health-conscious Jetsetting Parents are wary of anything declaring openly that it contains butter, we decided to sample some other dishes – a chicken vindaloo, lamb rogan josh, chickpea and potato curry and tandoori chicken pieces, accompanied by rotis ($1.95) and an extra large steamed saffron rice ($3). The serving size system is pretty easy – small curries cost $9.95, large $12.95 and extra-large $18.95.

Miss India 620 Brunswick St New Farm

Unfortunately, the colourful visual feast didn’t translate into equally stimulating flavours. The seasoning was all over the place – the vindaloo was way too salty, the rogan josh was ok and the chickpea and potato curry was bland. In addition, the rogan josh contained unappetising lumps of overcooked meat and the chickpeas were mostly undercooked. On the chilli heat scale, even the vindaloo veered towards the conservative.

On the plus side, the roti was well-risen and not oily and the tandoori chicken was juicy and well-seasoned. Maybe it has to do with the fact that these items are cooked in public – in the front window of the store is a stainless steel table for rolling out dough and a sturdy tandoori oven.

Basically, Miss India serves up convenient, passable Indian takeaway. It’s not terrible – but given the number of Indian restaurants/takeaways in the vicinity of its New Farm store, I can’t say that I’d particularly recommend it.

If you’re looking for other takeaway in the area, try Thai Charms.

    Miss India New Farm, 620 Brunswick St, New Farm +61 7 3358 1532 (also Ashgrove, Aspley, Carindale, Coorparoo, Daisy Hill, Eagle Junction, Greenslopes, Kelvin Grove, Morningside and Stafford Heights)

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  1. I haven’t tried this one – but we do go to the one at Ashgrove and it’s okay. Better than anything we have in the Western Suburbs – but their Naans are fabulous – especially the “special” naan. yum 🙂 Pity this one wasn’t so great 🙁
    .-= Joy´s last blog ..Comfort at my Table – Happy in my Heart. =-.

    Posted by Joy | January 20, 2010, 1:49 pm
  2. Hi Joy

    Miss India still seems to pack them in, so they must be doing something right for other people. We debated whether to give our meal a HOT or NOT, so it was a borderline decision. In the end, our meal wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t so great that I’d recommend it to others or be rushing to return.

    Jetsetting Joyce

    Posted by Jetsetting Joyce | January 20, 2010, 5:09 pm
  3. I was quite surprised when I saw this, I have been a regular customer of Miss India for 5 years and their service and quality of food has never let me down, they must be doing something right because they have survived in Brisbane for the time iv known them and that is quite a while, But hey everyone has a different taste of food.

    Posted by Tyrone | February 12, 2010, 4:24 pm
  4. Hi Tyrone

    I’ll admit that we were fence-sitting with Miss India but in the end we fell on the side of NOT simply because we wouldn’t necessarily recommend it over other places. However, as you say they are very successful so they’re certainly meeting the tastes of lots of other diners.

    Jetsetting Joyce

    Posted by Jetsetting Joyce | February 22, 2010, 4:20 pm
  5. Guys I love this place! I used to go to the one in clayfield but I just moved to the valley. I lived in India for three years and go back at least once a year and have to say these guys do it better than most of the places in India as its hard to find a place you can be confident with over there. But you can get most of the flavours here (less the oiliness) ..on another note i tried thai charms as per your recommendation though cant say i prefer it. the dishes seemed to be loaded with palm sugar to me but i’m half Vietnamese so i like it pretty traditional. Oh well each to their own. Peace!

    Posted by DavisJr | July 9, 2010, 1:21 am
  6. I’ve been a regular of the New Farm store and have to disagree. For takeaway it’s good because it’s so quick you’re in and out. You can’t go past their butter chicken or the cheese and garlic naan bread. Yum.

    Posted by Tood | July 9, 2010, 3:50 pm
  7. Hi DavisJr

    Perhaps we should give Miss India another chance on your recommendation – never been to India so have no real way to compare authenticity. As for Thai Charms…I think a lot of Thai food in Australia is overly-sweet, so it is entirely possible that you found the dishes contained too much palm sugar. Will ask the kitchen about it next time.

    Jetsetting Joyce

    Posted by Jetsetting Joyce | July 30, 2010, 9:43 am
  8. We passed here for lunch and decided to go in as it was quick and convenient.The curries were bland and watery very salty and a serious lack of flavour.I don’t know what meat they put in to them!I’m not sure but think it’s mutton not lamb!The quality does not even compare to a curry you would get from a jar!When we were there the guy beside us ate his naan bread and then got up and left in a hurry leaving everything behind!Would not recommend this place to anyone, doesn’t even pass for an Indian restaurant!

    Posted by Elaine | January 13, 2011, 9:27 pm
  9. $76.00 for two small and one large curries, one rice and three chapaties (when we ordered naan breads). The meat was clearly days old, dry and stringy. The “flavours” were salt, more salt and additional salt, curry powder and cream. They passed off old deep fried chips squashed together deep fried , (yes chips) as an authentic pakora!!!! The owners must not think we know what Indian food is. Waiting for the first signs of food poisoning to kick in….. This is not at New farm food outlet standard. Go back to the burbs!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by Nadia | August 31, 2011, 7:13 pm

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