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Friday, June 24, 2011

Akash Pacific Cuisine, Liverpool

There's more to Liverpool than first meets the eye, and this south-western suburb in Sydney is impressively diverse. According to the 2006 census, more than half of the population was born overseas. You'll find sari shops, African hair braiding salons and Croatian delis before you eventually end up at the mammoth Westfield shopping centre, looming over the pedestrianised mall.

For this month's Time Out Sydney column, I headed to Akash Pacific serving Fiji Indian cuisine.

Kokoda $5

Eat this...

Kokoda ($5.50) is the Fijian version of ceviche. Pieces of white fish are cured in lemon juice and served with a coconut dressing. Sweet and soft mouthfuls of New Zealand hoki contrast against a salad of tomato, cucumber and Spanish red onion. It’s light and refreshing, with coconut cream and lemon adding a taste of the tropics.

Akash Pacific Cuisine, a large diner-style restaurant that offers Indian and Fiji-Indian cuisine.  Fijian cuisine draws on influences from Polynesian, Indian, Chinese and Western cuisine. Fijian Indian curries tend to be thicker in style than mainland Indian curries, with the sauce more like a heavy gravy.

The menu covers all bases, with burgers, steaks and schnitzels available, but most patrons are happiest with the Indian tali – compartmentalised metal trays with rice, curry and chutney.

Junly Murgi curry $12.90

The Junli Murgi curry ($12.90) is a Fiji-style jungle curry made with free-range chicken. The chicken is lean, and has plenty of flavour, but you’ll need to exercise some patience, as the pieces are small and fiddly, and served on the bone.

Goat curry ($12.90) is much easier to tackle, with chunks of tender meat easily falling off the bone. The sauce is dark and spicy, redolent with garlic and ginger. All curries on the menu are served with rice, chutney, salad and a pappadum.

Goat curry $12.90

Fiji-style chicken chop suey $10.50

Chicken chop suey ($12.90) is the last thing you’d expect to find here, but this dish commonly found across Fiji, and is one of Akash’s most popular dishes. Every second table is ordering it, and it arrives with a thimble of fresh chillies vinegar on the side. The saucy stir-fry of chicken, cabbage, onion, carrot and Chinese vegetables has some crunch, and is sweet and comforting.

There are chicken pakoras ($6.50) and samosas with chicken ($3.50) or vegetable ($2.50). If things get too spicy, you can always order a soothing lassi - a yoghurt drink mixed with mango, banana, sugar or salt ($3.50-$4.50).

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Akash Pacific Cuisine
102 Moore Street, Liverpool, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9601 7297

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 9am–9pm
Saturday 9am–10pm and Sunday 10am–10pm

This article appears in the June 2011 issue of Time Out Sydney in my monthly Food & Drink column Eat This!  

More Time Out Sydney reviews:
ATL Marantha, Kensington (Indonesian fried chicken with edible bones)

Balkan Oven, Rockdale (Macedonian burek)
Durban Dish, Baulkham Hills (South African cuisine)
Hijazi's Falafel, Arncliffe (Lebanese breakfast)
Island Dreams Cafe, Lakemba (Christmas Islands cuisine)
Kambozza, Parramatta (Burmese cuisine)
La Paula, Fairfield (Chilean empanadas, lomitos and sweets)
Sea Sweet, Parramatta (Lebanese sweet kashta cheese burger)
Sizzling Fillo, Lidcombe (Filipino pork hock crackling)
Tehran, Granville (Persian cuisine)
Tuong Lai, Cabramatta (Vietnamese sugar cane prawns)
17 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 6/24/2011 01:51:00 am


  • At 6/24/2011 7:04 am, Anonymous john@heneedsfood said…

    Nice find Helen. Many years ago when I was holidaying in Fiji I actually remember eating kokoda. This was way before I even heard of ceviche

  • At 6/24/2011 9:20 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Interesting stuff, will keep in mind next time I'm the far west.

  • At 6/24/2011 9:21 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Akash Pacific Cuisine sounds like a fabulous restaurant. The picture of the Junli Murgi curry is quite mouth-watering.

  • At 6/24/2011 9:22 am, Anonymous Penny said…

    I have always dreamed of getting "down under" and visiting all of these exotic places with the wonderful food.

  • At 6/24/2011 10:12 am, Anonymous Apple @Polkadotsandchopsticks said…

    I love these little places you go to that people normally walk past. They always seem to have the most amazing dishes and you wouldn't pick it. I love the look of that chop suey!

  • At 6/24/2011 10:13 am, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    ooh the kokoda looks interesting and colourful!

  • At 6/24/2011 11:06 am, Anonymous Nic@diningwithastud said…

    I have to say, I know the bone adds flavour but it annoys me eating off a bone when it covered in sauce - Im a little OCD like that bahaha

  • At 6/24/2011 11:26 am, Anonymous Tina@foodboozeshoes said…

    Wow - that's one crazy lookin' Kokoda!

  • At 6/24/2011 12:00 pm, Blogger Hungry Female said…

    Call me a pleb but I would never have known what Fiji Indian food was like! How interesting:)

  • At 6/24/2011 4:19 pm, Anonymous Hannah said…

    Ah, my favourite restaurant in Canberra growing up was Rama's, which I believe is Fijian Indian. I am now incredibly upset that it never offered this ceviche... cruel world indeed.

  • At 6/24/2011 5:17 pm, Anonymous Chris said…

    Wow, I've lived near liverpool for the last 15 years, and I've never once seen this place. This is what I love about your blog...not to mention the sound of that Kokoda...mmm coconut...

  • At 6/24/2011 6:57 pm, Anonymous stephen said…

    Great find Helen, we will travel the short trip from the Southern Highlands, thanks for your relentless quality work. Regards, The Phatt Duck

  • At 6/24/2011 11:15 pm, Anonymous Maureen said…

    This is a cuisine I know nothing about but I've written your recommendation for our next trip to Sydney. These dishes look delicious. The pictures are great.

  • At 6/25/2011 9:59 pm, Anonymous JasmyneTea said…

    I live around the corner from here, and I've always passed it by because it looked so dodgy from the outside! Nice to know I was wrong :) Will definitely try it now.

  • At 6/28/2011 2:37 pm, Blogger Bongbong said…

    Being Chinese growing up in Fiji and now settled in Sydney ..these food does bring back lots of memories... Thank you Helen for letting us know about this place!

  • At 6/28/2011 4:39 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Looks great! When i visit i will definitely have to go there.

  • At 7/20/2011 10:52 am, Blogger susan said…

    how cheap are all those dishes!


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