Vindalection: Search for the Best Vindaloo

Vindalection: Search for the Best Vindaloo

TWO intrepid reporters take on the challenge of finding the best vindaloo in the Canning Times and the Melville Times catchment.

Josh Zimmerman and Pia van Straalen are self-confessed curry lovers, but it transpired once while in conversation about roti, spices and authentic sauces that neither had tried vindaloo.

It was the perfect project; to determine the best vindaloo in an exhaustive Vindalection aimed at electing the best on the scene.

We have no preconceived ideas, we are scoring independently and we will find the Windaloo and the Vindaloser.

It’s Canning versus Melville, no curry is created equal and the stakes are high.

CANDIDATE 2

Trinco Star, Willetton ($22)

Pia’s score: 12

Tender meat and flavourful rice, however sauce and naan left a little to be desired. The signature fragrance of a beautiful slow-cooked curry wasn’t there. Less said about the naan the better.

Josh’s score: 11.5

When the highlight of a curry is the rice you have a problem. Tender meat but a near complete lack of heat in an unexciting sauce.

Total: 23.5/51

CANDIDATE 1

Maharaja Indian Restaurant Applecross ($26.45)

Pia’s score: 18.5

A pleasant surprise, having little Vindaloo experience. The tart tomato was balanced and the heat caused sniffles. Delicious!

Josh’s score: 19.5

Well-balanced sauce with the right amount of heat but let down by slightly over-cooked beef. A solid but not spectacular garlic naan.

Total: 38/51

Do you have any tips? What do you look for in the perfect vindaloo? Where should we try? Comment below and help us find the Windaloo… and avoid the Vindalosers.