Sorry to be so dramatic… but I think you need to know. If by any chance you came across my post recently about Suraj Indian Cuisine in Mt Lawley, and thought it looked like the kind of place you want to try out, then you’d better do it soon.
According to Roger, Suraj will be closing down in a little over a week. Making way for a new restaurant development that will span the shop next door as well as the current Suraj premises.
All I have to say that it’s a great shame that a place serving food as simple and honest as this is closing down. If you haven’t yet been in, then do yourself a favour. Put aside any preconceived notions about food, service, and ambience, and taste the love for yourself.
Last time I spoke to him, Roger did say that there is a possibility he will open up somewhere else, but the general consensus was that if he couldn’t find another shop to rent in a decent area for a reasonable price, then that would be the end of it.
My other suggestion of just coming round to Rogers place whenever I have a hankering for chicken korma, chickpea curry, and a decent poori, didn’t really get the response I was looking for.
Get in now before it’s gone.
Suraj Indian Cuisine
513 Beaufort St
Highgate, WA 6003
(08) 9328 2858
What can I say about Suraj ? Ever since being introduced to it by my good friends Ben and Jen, it's been a regular place for dinners of both the rowdy and refined version, a point of reference to every other Indian restaurant I've been to, and a wonderful example of food that is honest and simple and good.
Suraj is run by Roger, and his wife Susan (get it... Su-Raj). It's also convenient that Suraj means "Sun". He's been in business for close to 15 years in the same spot, and I'm willing to bet that the menu hasn't changed a hell of a lot in all that time either.
Suraj is not so much a restaurant but an institution of traditional Indian cooking, often dwarfed by it's elaborate and decadent neighbours in the ever trendy Highgate strip. But while places like Jacksons, Veritas, Must, and Soto try to ooze style and charm, and fancy looking Indian chain restaurants start up across the road promising glitz and glamour... Suraj is unchanging in it's quaint approach to no frills dining.
So after yet another great night of dining there with a group of friends and curry lovers. I thought it best to put something online about this place, as it is sorely under represented in the high stakes (steaks?) world that is the Perth restaurant scene (which may or may not be an oxymoron) .
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