Food trends come and go, but good Indian food is forever.
We’ve all hit that stage while in a foreign country, where nothing can suffice but a hearty Pork Vindaloo and crispy, buttery Naan. No amount of Schnitzels and Mashed Potatoes, can covert the same cravings as MurghMatka.
So whether you’re just craving for a taste of home, or you need something solid to soak up last night’s bad decisions, we’ve cultivated a list of the best Indian Food in Melbourne:
If you haven’t heard of Tonka, then you may as well retire your humanity card. Located in a (non-sketchy) CBD alleyway, that once was the famous club Honky Tonks, it has more Indian-Australian culture than you can hardly imagine. The chic restaurant by chef Adam D’Sylva is housed to some of the most world renowned Goan Fish Curry, Rajasthani Duck and PaniPuri Bites. However, at $40 a curry, save it for your Birthday, or when you’re feeling RICH.
2. KAKE DI HATTI
Located in the north (and also serving North Ind), Kake Di Hatti will be your contrasting cheap as chips Indian Food. They’re home to a ‘baked to order Naan’, as well as bomb dhal. It may not be the prettiest interior, or have fine dining, but trust us, it won’t disappoint your palette.
3. THE SPICE PANTRY
Step away from the fancy and enter some quality home cooking. The Spicy Pantry is located in the less popular part of the CBD, and has a compact seating and serving area. However, the beauty of good Indian food is not the space, but whether the food can transport you back home. Their vegetable and lamb curries are sure to have you loosening your pants and going back every Thursday.
4. HORN PLEASE
Don’t let the name fool you, because this restaurant boasts some of the most authentic stuff you’ll ever stuff. Their Tandoori Lamb Chops, GoshtKhada Masala and Mango Rolls, as a fun fusion of Indian street food. Your favorite Bollywood films are projected all over the walls of this place, so sit back and enjoy the delectable taste of home this place has to offer.
5. BABU JI
From the same owners of Horn Please, Babu Ji is located in the south, and is known for its fusion foods and impeccable presentations. The Samosa Burger is a must try, as well as the steamed cake of rice and lentils. Do us a favor and go for the $49 set menu, you won’t be leaving hungry!
Aangan is the Beyonce of Melbourne; literally everyone knows about it and talks about it 24/7. Their Dhal Makhani is pretty much to die for, and located in Little India, you can finish off by heading to the bustling sweet shops that surround it. Do yourself a favor and kick back in Footscray for a bite that will take you back to Asia.
Anupama Kumar is a content writer based in Bangalore, India. She writes blogs, stories, articles and social media content and has a passion for helping people and connecting with them through her writing. A professional writer by day and a creative one by night, her own stories, musings, quotes, and poems inspired by her travels are also published on various platforms.
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