Chutney Mary’s, Subiaco


Chutney Mary’s is a long standing Indian restaurant in the Subiaco central hub, situated right at the busy intersection of Rokeby Road and Hay Street.  The restaurant is hard to miss with its colourful lanterns hanging along the roof side and intricate decorative exterior wall lining.  The interior is equally colourful, with bright red and yellow walls and matching napkins and menus.  A large restaurant in its own right, it is divided into two section with alfresco dining as well.  As we were early there for dinner that night, the restaurant was still empty and we had the place all to ourselves.  Great start to the night when we were greeted at the door by a friendly staff who led us to the table and politely explained the menu.  Good service makes all the difference!

I’m not a big fan when it comes to dining in Indian restaurants, mainly because me and spicy food don’t go well together.  Another reason is also because I’d always thought that the Indian food here is overpriced, not so much the curry dishes but more so the rice and breads.  I’d been to indian restaurants in the past where they charged $6 per bowl of rice!!  Being a frequent diner at Chinese restaurants where rice are only charged around $5/bucket, I’d always felt so ripped off when I order rice in an indian restaurant!  Chutney Mary’s charges $4.50 per person for Steamed Aromatic Basmati Rice and $5 per person for Saffron Basmati Rice, still a bit too much for me.

For dinner that night, we had the following:

  • Butter Chicken ($23) – Tandoori chicken fillets in a cream, tomato, butter and spice sauce
  • Brinjahl Bahji ($19.50) – Baby eggplant cooked in a paste of ground cashews and peanuts, sesame and coconut
  • Rogan Josh ($22.50) – Traditional lamb curry cooked with ground spices, tomato and coriander
  • Chicken Tikka Masala ($23.50) – Chunks of chicken marinated in yoghurt and spices, cooked in Tandoor oven
  • 2 x Garlic Naan ($5.50 each) – Freshly baked leavened white bread with a touch of garlic
  • 2 x serve of Basmatic Rice ($4.50 each)
  • A side of Cucumber Raita ($5.50) – Yoghurt dressing


My favourite dish that night was the Butter Chicken, the sauce was thick and creamy and the chicken chunky and substantial.  It went well with both the rice and bread.  My all time favourite indian dish!  A bit boring I know but I still love it.  The Brinjahl Bahji was something different, not a dish I would normally order but it ended up being a great choice, the eggplant was cooked till soft and mixed with the excellent nutty paste, yummy and very filling.

The Rojan Josh and Tikka Masala were spicy for me but luckily the Cucumber Raita acted as the cooling agent which enabled me to finish those dishes.  Garlic Naans as usual are the best bread to order with curry dishes.  You can never go wrong with them!

Dinner was great that night although the spiciness got to me at the end and everything tasted the same after that.  It was very filling especially with all the creamy curries, rice and bread.  We had great service that night too, the staff was really friendly, joked with us and took alot of photos for us (which I hope didn’t impede on his work).  Thanks!  

Though it was a great dining experience, I still think this type of cuisine is slightly overpriced so it would not be a regular dining place for me.  A good place to try some Indian food though.  There is also a second Chutney Mary’s located in Rockingham, Syren Street for those living south.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.  

Chutney Mary’s Indian Restaurant
: 08 9381 2099
Address: 67 Rokeby Road, Subiaco

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  • rose bateman

    January 25, 2011

    My husband and l ate there tonight and we left more disappointed than happy….
    We love a good indian and found the choices limited, we asked for banana and coconut to go alongside our chicken madras only to our shock that it was dried banana in a creamy yoghurt dip!!!
    upon actually taking the time looking around the place while one is sat eating l was horrified to find dust on the dado rails lots of it too, also the air conditioners were thick with dust which hadnt been cleaned for months let alone weeks!!!!
    Some of the seating was in need of repair let alone a good wash and the carpeted flooring needed to be thrown out and burnt…indeed it was then l decided that there is no way l’d want to see the toilet let alone use it and it turn this made me think about what state the kitchen might be in….
    When we went to pay the bill, the waiter asked us if everything was ok, we replied politely that we’d like to reserve judgement so as not to discuss or point it out in front the diners….l must say lm surprised health and safety or enviromental health hasnt closed it down, if l was in the profeession l would want it completly renovated or closed for good.

    Kind regards
    Rosie and Graham

    • natashalam

      January 28, 2011

      Thanks for your comment Rose. I didn’t realise it has deteriorated that bad since the last time I went. I hope they do something about it soon!

  • machiavellina

    August 31, 2012

    I just wanted to comment on your rice comment. The reason Indian restaurants charge a lot more for basmati rice compared to Asian restaurants serving jasmine rice is due to quality and cost. They are two completely different products. Basmati rice costs $60 per 20kg bag while Jasmine rice is a whole lot cheaper to buy. Saffron rice also costs a lot more to make as saffron strands cost $4.50 per 1g! Saffron adds a whole other dimension in fragrance and flavour to rice and that’s what you’re paying for. But I should say, I’m eaten Chutney Mary’s “Saffron rice” and can tell there is absolutely no saffron used in it just simply food colouring!

    • natashalam

      September 25, 2012

      Thanks for your comment! However I still think the rice is slightly overpriced especially when you compare supermarket prices between the two. Do agree with you though on the saffron addition!


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