Spirit of Punjab, Halls Gap
Our evening in the Grampians National Park ended up turning into a rainy one, so it made the choice of a warm, comforting curry so much more appealing that it was already. Spirit of Punjab is the default ethnic eating option here in the Halls Gap township, and after braving a dash through rain we found ourselves a table here. Food was even better than we were hoping for and service is mostly friendly, but we had a weird exchange when we tried to pay the bill and give coins to get a note back. That little hustle.
We shared a few items in rice, roti and naan. The saffron rice was a touch on the dry side for me but the naan was plump and tasty. The roti wasn’t quite like the roti I was expecting (it was more like a flat naan) but it was a minor. My friends went for the chicken makhani (butter chicken) and the Dakshani Jhinga E.Alam (prawns cooked in a coconut curry sauce). I had the very excellent shahi paneer, which is cottage cheese cooked in a tomato and cashew based sauce. It was a tasty, sweet curry and was rather happy with my choice here.