Get ready to take your taste buds for a swim, guys, this place is goooooood!
The latest Indian restaurant to hit Perth, Sauma is run by the same crew as highly regarded Freo fave Maya and is already attracting a steady stream of Perth punters in search of the fresh, tasty and vibrant Indian street food flavours being dished out.
Sitting pretty on the corner of William and James Street in the heart of Northbridge, Sauma is an extremely welcome addition to the lower end of this ‘growin’ radder by the day’ burb. With The Alex Hotel across the road, and Lot Twenty, Bivouac, No Mafia and Shadow Wine Bar as neighbours, Sauma sits among some seriously illustrious foodie company but it most definitely holds its own.
Not usually known for their gorgeous interiors, Sauma is one Perth Indian restaurant whose focus on creating a warm and beautiful venue has paid off in spades. The owners have shipped in a lot of the furniture from Bombay which gives it a really nice feel. It’s chic, rustic, vibrant and very, very cool.
We’ve had our fair share of Perth’s best Indian food and we are big fans of Maya so we had high expectations for Sauma. Rocking up for lunch on a Friday and plonking ourselves on one of the long communal tables for a solid feasting session, we certainly weren’t disappointed.
The menu pays homage to Indian street food as well as WA produce and it is succinct but spot on. Sauma’s entree offerings are a welcome respite from the usual tandoori chicken type of Indian fare you might be used to. The waygu beef samosas with roast cumin, cloves and beetroot ketchup were perfectly golden and crunchy on the outside and super tender on the inside, while the twice cooked lamb ribs with sweet tamarind, chili, mint and coriander were in a word: spectacular. The onion bhaji’s were lip-smackingly tasty and the Bang Bang chicken was also a standout. I realise I sound like a broken record but it was all so delicious! I could have worked my way through the rest of the smaller plates but we decided to try the flavour-packed Aunty G’s chicken curry with some tasty garlic naan which was doughy and charred—and perfect for mopping up all of the curry.
Sauma is as perfect for group dinners as it is for date night, and you could easily spend a few hours making your way through the drinks list (the extensive list of beers is impressive!), before stuffing your face with the spicy and delicious cuisine at this new Northbridge restaurant.
For those in a rush, Sauma also operates as a deli by day offering coffee, tea, juice and lunch express tiffins.
Want to know the location, opening hours, and all the details? Find Sauma on The Directory.
Image credit: Louise Coghill