Satya South Indian Restaurant, Sandringham, Auckland

I’ve read the accolades for the food at Satya, and had always planned to drop by ‘one of these days’. Then, a colleague pointed out there is a branch of Satya mere minutes from the office. How could I have missed this? (granted my sense of direction is abysmal plus I can barely read a map…but still)

There are 4 branches around Auckland, the original opened at Karangahape Road over 11 years ago, a branch in Ponsonby, this one in Sandringham and a newly opened site for the grateful residents of Mt Eden. Satya means ‘truth’ in Sanskrit, an appropriate moniker as Satya serves honest, beautifully spiced food.

The menu is unlike what I am used to seeing at Indian restaurants, the huge list of entreés overshadow the curries. They do a range of chaat, – savoury Indian snacks and dosa – fermented rice pancakes. I have been there twice now, and have yet to venture past the first two pages of the menu. It’s a fantastic way to dine, select a few entrees to share among friends and be prepared for a taste sensation. The staff is also friendly and helpful, and can guide you through the extensive menu.

Mirchi bajji majaka ($6.95 for 2 pieces) is an interesting concoction of fresh green chilli deep-fried in a pea flour batter and then filled with fresh onion, lime juice, spices and coriander, and eaten with a tamarind chutney. This is surprising mild.

Dahi puri ($9.95 for 6 pieces) are small crispy wheat shells topped with boiled potato/chickpea mix, yoghurt, tamarind chutney, spices and fresh coriander. Utterly delicious.

Another variation of this is the pani puri ($7.95 for 6 pieces). Here the elements are separately offered for you to assemble. Break the shell, add the potato/chickpea mixture, sprinkle on the tamarind water and savour. Perhaps I just like to manhandle food, but I loved this.

The samosa ($5.95) is a very generous size, and topped with all the delicious condiments as the dahi puri.

Idli ($7.95 for 2 pieces) are generously sized steamed rice and lentil cakes, which you eat soaked with sambar (vegetable and lentil soup) and smears of coconut and tomato chutneys.

The Satya chicken entree ($9.95) are pan-fried marinated chicken cubes seasoned with spices, ginger slices and curry leaves. These sit on top of spiced potatoes.

The special crispy masala dosa ($14.95) holds a delicious potato and onion curry, and is served with cashews, a selection of chutneys and sambar.

We also ordered the butter chicken with dosa ($19.95), a plain dosa with a bowl of creamy butter chicken. Since you are among friends, it should be acceptable to tear/break off pieces of dosa.

Rava masala dosa ($15.95) takes 20 minutes to prepare (the other entreés come out quickly, so you won’t stay hungry) is a semolina, carrot, coriander pancake. This is a substantial dish, with a pleasant crisp around the edges.

If you have room to spare, a mango lassi ($5.95) is a great way to finish the meal. Satya’s version packs a huge mango flavour and is so thick, it is a meal in itself.

The combinations of flavours are just so compelling, I am annoyed I put up with mediocre Indian food for so long. This is what Indian cuisine should be; the food is so fresh, the spices leap off the food and waltz with your tastebuds. The Sandringham branch was nearly deserted both times I was there, a travesty because we must support great local restaurants.

To top off the glorious food, Satya also gives back to the community. They provide free meals on Christmas Day, and have started ‘Be a Benevolent Guest Tuesday’, where between 5:30pm and 7:30pm you receive the cost of your meal back in vouchers, which you are encouraged to donate to those less fortunate.

Satya South Indian Restaurant
271 Karangahape Road
Ph: 09- 377 0077
Mon – Sat: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Sun: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
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17 Great North Road, Ponsonby
Ph: 09 – 361 3612
Mon – Sat: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10:00pm
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515 Sandringham Road, Sandringham
Ph: 09 – 845 8451
Mon: 4:00pm – 10:00pm
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57 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden
Ph: 09 – 551 1000
Mon – Fri: 11:00am – 2:00pm, 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Sat – Sun: 5:30pm – 10:00pm

3 thoughts on “Satya South Indian Restaurant, Sandringham, Auckland

  1. bunnyeatsdesign says:

    I love Satya. I think their original restaurant was a tiny Satya on Hobson Street even before they opened up on K Rd. My husband lived behind their shop many years ago when we were first dating. Their dahi puri is one dish I always go back for. I love how you ordered tapas like dishes to share. It's such a fun way of eating rather than a main each which can get a bit boring by the time you are half way through. More people should eat shared style! I truly wish them success and their generosity and kindness are a great reason for great things to come their way.

  2. easyfoodhacks says:

    Thanks Genie, – it's great how they have maintained the standard of the food and the civic responsibility with new branches. I'm going to try and encourage more of my colleagues to patronise Satya.

    I agree, – more tapas style meals please. It's the first rule of Dumpling Club, – you must order different dishes, and you must be willing to share. 🙂 Oh, and you must let me take a photo before digging in.

  3. Upnworld Upn says:

    I highly appreciate your coverage of this restaurant and its offerings. Many times I get a craving to go to Satya , and though its offerings are not close to top-notch South Indian food which is very difficult to get overseas, it is better than nothing. Satya needs to pay closer attention to its Masala Dosa – it is a large pancake the difficult preparation of which requires several trials with making the perfect batter and then ensuring the whole disc is simultaneously thick soft and crunchy – this is paired with chutney, potato-onion pommes lyonnaise-like mix and Sambar. If ever by any chance you land up in Bangalore, India, I can recommend places that serve the absolute zenith that this gorgeous pancake can take. I don't have distinct memories of tasting Idli in Satya, but these need to be pillowy soft (and then dunked as you mention in chutney) if the patron needs to fully enjoy them. I appreciate the fact that you even tried the rarer Rawa Dosa! I remember you talking about your experience in “Bombay Chinese” – we recently got take-aways from there and I was impressed by their Gobi Manchurian (a unique Indian-Chinese preparation!)
    You're easily one of the more diligent culinary purveyors in Auckland – keep up the excellent work 🙂

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