Tadka Boom! {New Restaurant Opening}

Every family has one. That person whose cooking can rewind the years. A single mouthful transporting you back to family dinners at your grandmother’s kitchen table, or every single happy birthday party. I can’t tell you how many times I have sat with my mum and sister talking endlessly about opening an Italian eatery of our own. It would be a hit, let me tell you. So when I was invited to the launch of the new, family owned Indian restaurant Tadka Boom! I was in. Tadka Boom! is not what you would expect. There are no curries on this menu, no butter chicken or heavy rogan josh. Instead, co-founders Ashwin and Lalitha Rajan are offering a modern take on the traditional. It’s what they call ‘healthy’ Indian and it’s inspired. Dishes are fresher and cleaner than your usual Indian cuisine without all the heavy oils and creams. Think roasted vegetable salad with couscous, mixed lentil and raita yoghurt dressing, or grilled chicken marinated in house made spices with a mint and coriander chutney. The Tadka Boom! launch party was a fantastic way to try the offerings and get a real sense of what these guys are doing.

Preparations at Tadka Boom! for the launch party - healthy Indian dishes that are cleaner and lighter than your usual Indian offerings
Preparations at Tadka Boom! for the launch party – healthy Indian dishes that are cleaner and lighter than your usual Indian offerings
Boom!osa - a salad of broken spinach and potato samosas with black chickpeas and three sauces
Boom!osa – a salad of broken spinach and potato samosas with black chickpeas and three sauces at the Tadka Boom! launch party
A family affair - the Ranjan family with co-founders Lalitha (second from the left) and her son Ashwin Ranjan (on the right)
A family affair – the Rajan family celebrating the opening of Tadka Boom! with co-founders Lalitha (second from the left) and her son Ashwin Rajan (on the right)

We started our night with the carb on carb specialty, a potato tikki slider with house made chutney and mayo. I’m not sure that this was the best introduction to the ‘healthy’ Indian concept with a crunchy fried potato pattie wedged into a pillowy soft brioche bun. But putting aside the calories, that classic potato and bread combo works and the hint of Indian spice in the chutney added some welcome heat and complexity to the basics.

Potato Tikki Slider with house made chutney and mayo on a brioche bun at Tadka Boom!
Potato Tikki Slider with house made chutney and mayo on a brioche bun at Tadka Boom!
Crunchy Bombay Bites - hand rolled lentil and herb nuggets with coriander aioli
Crunchy Bombay Bites – hand rolled lentil and herb nuggets with coriander aioli

Another highlight – the Boom!osa – is a balanced bowl of greens with black chickpeas and broken spinach and potato samosas.

Up close and personal - the boom!osa
Up close and personal – the boom!osa

The stand-out menu options are definitely the roti wraps and brown basmati rice bowls. The Kid Kaboom! roti roll is a feast of juicy, generous chunks of 15 hour slow-cooked lamb marinated in masala with a crunch of peppery rocket and topped with a refreshing raita yoghurt. It took these guys over 7 months to perfect their Tadka Boom! roti. Apparently the traditional roti doesn’t roll – who knew? Tadka Boom’s roti is a soft and light flat bread without the oil or heaviness you usually get from a roti.

Kid Kaboom! roti roll - 15 hour slow cooked lamb marinated in masala with raita yoghurt dressing
Kid Kaboom! roti roll – 15 hour slow cooked lamb marinated in masala with raita yoghurt dressing
Varnasi Veg - ricotta, broccoli and carom seed patty with tomato kasundi & date tamarind chutney in a roti roll
Varnasi Veg – ricotta, broccoli and carom seed patty with tomato kasundi & date tamarind chutney in a roti roll

IMG_1822 Dessert was Mama Ranjan’s range of seriously creamy ice-creams. ‘The Pink Panther’ is a sublime mix of pistachio and rose that tastes kind of like the best turkish delight of your life minus the jelly (but with a whole lot of cream). This stuff is divine and there are plans to sell it by the tub soon – cross your fingers.

Divine - Mama Ranjan's Pink Panther ice-cream with pistachio and rose. Kind of like the best Turkish Delight of your life
Divine – Mama Ranjan’s Pink Panther ice-cream with pistachio and rose. Kind of like the best Turkish delight of your life

I love the Tadka Boom concept and it’s a wonderful addition to the CBD lunch scene. Healthy eating options with great flavour is exactly what I’m looking for when dining mid-week. The brown rice bowls with marinated chicken and vegetables are substantial and filling dishes while still feeling healthy. It would be great to know the calorie content of some of these dishes though. That sort of information can help people balance their day, especially during the working week. Tadka Boom’s Goldsbrough Lane spot means it will be seeing lots of pinstripe suit traffic. Be warned – I expect there will be lines very soon. My Fair Melbourne attended the launch party as a guest of Tadka Boom!

Tadka Boom – 22 Goldsbrough Lane, Melbourne CBD

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One thought on “Tadka Boom! {New Restaurant Opening}

  1. I am so excited about this place! I have been keeping an eye on it and it is definitely on my wish list. Looks so yum! It is exactly my sorta thing!

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