Colourful lights and modern Indian jazzy rock greeted us upon entry. Our greeter asked if we had a reservation but it was a Monday, and the restaurant was empty save for one other party. I’m not sure what she asking about.

I sat down and perused the beer tap list, which is mostly lagers with a few wheat ales, a list that would satisfy anyone used to drinking mass-produced American piss water ales. American craft ale/micro-brewery drinkers will be disappointed, as I was.

Our server was friendly and attentive.

The menu has a balanced choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian appetisers and entrees, including fish, chicken and goat (gosht). The goat (gosht) kabab appetiser was excellent with mint chutney; spicy but just right. For the entree, I had the Hyderabad gosht biryani. Oh my gosh! Delicious.

We ordered after dinner chai. We agreed it was one of the best we've had in a restaurant. Homemade by an elderly family member is still the best.

I guess my wife had mentioned it was my birthday because I was pleasantly surprised at the end of the meal when the staff brought ice cream and brownies to the table. I have Type 1 diabetes and after a full meal, there is no room in the meal budget for empty carbohydrates. But full points for the trying.

Samudhra - Premier Restaurant and Lounge | Apple iPhone 11 Pro | iPhone 11 Pro back camera 1.54mm f/2.4 | f/2.4 | ISO 320
Samudhra - Premier Restaurant and Lounge | Apple iPhone 11 Pro | iPhone 11 Pro back camera 1.54mm f/2.4 | f/2.4 | ISO 1250
gosht kabab | Apple iPhone 11 Pro | iPhone 11 Pro back dual camera 6mm f/2 | f/2.0 | ISO 500
hyderabadi gosht biryani | Apple iPhone 11 Pro | iPhone 11 Pro back dual camera 6mm f/2 | f/2.0 | ISO 400