Whether you want thick, creamy, bright red curries; soft, charry naan breads; oily, hot pickles; a fiery hot vindaloo or a cooling lassie, there's an Indian restaurant that'll fix you right up with the homely flavours of Delhi, Punjab and Rajasthan. There're tropical flavours from the south and the earthy heat from northern fare, and if you really want to go on a subcontinental adventure, head to Sydney's own little India in Harris Park.
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Situated right beside Seven Hills train station, this Indian-Sri Lankan restaurant-cum-takeaway feels a bit tired and worn, boasting that aggressive neon lighting so familiar from India. Although it’s quiet when we walk in at 8pm; by 9pm there’s a far more bustling crowd.
There’s no rule that says subcontinental dining needs to be old fashioned to be good, and yet few restaurants stray from the expected Raj-era décor, those little copper pots and North Indian curries that have been adapted for Western palates. Except at Brick Lane. This is a thoroughly modern iteration of a curry house, which is why it has managed to slip through the Italian stranglehold on Stanley Street.
Indu promises to replicate “village inspired” Indian dishes in Sydney. Owner Sam Prince has Indian and Sri Lankan heritage, and he used contacts in his mother’s home country to hook Indu up with a charity which supports widows displaced by the Sri Lankan Civil War into employment. This isn’t just a restaurant; it’s also a charity.
Bang is serving up food inspired by the streets of Dhaka, and injecting new life and flavour into one of Sydney’s most popular dining strips, Crown Street. While it's not strictly Indian food, the Bangladeshi fare they are serving up here satisfies all your subcontinental flavour needs, and they make a great curry.
The way you feel about Thai food is how Brits feel about Indian fare. It's what you order when mates come around; the salvation you crave when you’re hungover; and when you're dining out on the stuff, the menu tends to be extensive. So there's usually a dish that will please everyone – be it your gran, your kids, or your mental hippy auntie. It’s more than a cuisine; it’s part of your routine.
The neatly packed Sri Lankan and South Indian restaurants and grocery stores along Pendle Way are busy with shoppers and diners stocking up on dried goods, curry spices and something readymade to take home for dinner. The most popular choice is a curry plate, and the place to get it is Abie’s Vegetarian Takeaway. Here, you’ll find all the colours of the edible rainbow in the 20 different all-veg curries on offer, where tropical island flavours mix with Subcontinental spice.
This colourful South Indian street food-inspired restaurant is bustling every night with local families sharing huge plates of dosas, dhal curries and other vegetarian dishes. Order the cheese dabeli, which sees a soft bap-like roll doused in grated cheese, sandwiching even more cheese mixed with potato and studded with spicy peanuts.
Nithik’s is all about cranking out dosas, parathas and some incredibly fragrant curries. Vikram Arumugam and his wife Preeti Elamaran are so excited by their menu they’ll explain each dish in minute detail. Which can be heavy going if you’re really just here to eat dinner. But if you’re curious about Indian festival dishes, it’s worth listening in.