The round–up: spice things up with some of Brisbane’s best Indian
Quintessential Indian cuisine is arguably one of the most satisfying foods one can possibly enjoy – endless variations, aromas and tastes, backed up by a great range of unique dishes. Brisbane is stacked when it comes to top-notch Indian eateries, offering tastes from the country’s various regions. If you like curry, naan or tandoori, we suggest you cast your eye over this spicy list of eateries.
Taj Mahal: This New Farm destination boasts some high-profile members in its fan base – just look at the photos for proof! Comedian Arj Barker reportedly ate at Taj Mahal every night during one of his stints in Brisbane, in addition to numerous Bollywood star, professional athletes and Englebert Humperdinck!
It’s Mirchi Healthy Indian Cuisine: If you think that Indian food isn’t diet or food-intolerance friendly, then let us unequivocally and irrevocably assure you that notion is false! It’s Mirchi is one of the only restaurants of its kind in town, offering vegan, gluten-, dairy- and nut-free options across a range of curries, naan breads and specialty delights. You can get your healthy Indian fix in Paddington and Bulimba.
Halims Indian Taj Restaurant: This popular Paddington spot counts the Indian, Sri Lankan and Australian cricket team members as clientele, which gives you a bit of insight into the restaurant’s quality. Recommended dishes include the shahi kebab with mint and yoghurt sauce, the navratan korma with nine ingredients, the goan fish curry with coconut and tamarind and the classic butter chicken in a creamy sauce.
The Spice Avenue: Over in Birkdale is the home of the hottest curry in town (and possibly the word) – the Balti Phall at The Spice Avenue. We aren’t suggesting you tackle this challenge (only seven people have polished off the entire meal), but it is a good indicator of how seriously The Spice Avenue takes its curry. The Balti style of cooking is stylistically different to many common curry recipes, so add this to your list if you are keen for a tasty twist.
Jaipur Palace: Recently voted the best restaurant in the Redlands at the Redland Retail Awards, Jaipur Palace in Wellington Point is a family-run business that has been winning over tastebuds since 1999. Specialising in Northern Indian, owners Dharminder and Sheena have created a flavoursome menu full of crowd pleasers that caters to many tastes.
The Klay Oven: Over in Teneriffe is The Klay Oven, an eatery that showcases the flavours from several of India’s diverse culinary regions. Traditional recipes and authentic ingredients are used in its menu, which features tasty dishes such as Dragon Chicken, spinach dumplings in tomato curry, naan stuffed with nuts, raisins and dates and also a range of Indian pizzas.
Punjabi Palace: If variety is the spice of life, then Punjabi Palace in South Brisbane packs a lot of spice into its menu. This location offers dine-in and takeaway options, with a mind-boggling amount of dishes to choose from. We have it on good authority that the Punjabi Delight curry is to die for.
Vindaloo Blue: Calamvale’s Vindaloo Blue has been operating since 2007, and has spent the better part of a decade enticing eaters with its selection of Punjabi-style food. Chef Bobby Grewal has been at the helm at several Brisbane restaurants since the 1980s, and has crafted a stellar menu featuring dishes such as palak paneer, nisha, fish nariyal and more.
Nataraja Indian Restaurant: A reported oasis for Indian food lovers, this Red Hill location offers a few popular specialties such as the chicken tikka masala, tandoori wings, goat curry, Dhal Sagwala, Mushroom Pea Curry and prawn zelfrizie, as well as handy meal deals if you are dining with a group.
Mamak Tandoori House: In Camp Hill is a revered eatery that offers up Malaysian and Indian cuisine on the regular. The tandoori oven pumps out tiki and tandoori platters, while a huge menu offers chicken, lamb, goat, beef and vegetable curries – there is no wrong choice here.
A Night in India: Toowong and Carindale locals rave about the authentic fare at A Night in India, which seduces customers at both locations with the heady aroma of spices and tantalising tastes of its curries. The chefs here have created some unique dishes that keep customers coming back in droves. Try the lamb mince koftas, tackle the sizeable tandoori plater, feast on fragrant baryani, or devour onion bhajis or spinach pakoras by the handful.
Mirchh Masala: One of Brisbane’s best-kept secrets is the Indian cuisine emporium Mirchh Masala, which can be found on Logan Road in Woolloongabba. One part Indian grocery store, one part vegetarian-friendly restaurant, Mirchh Masala is known as one of the best spots to eat when craving a hearty meal. This joint has a seriously scrumptious range of dishes, including signatures such as savoury samosas, thali, bhaji pav and chole bhature.
Curryville: Morningside’s Curryville is an exceptional eatery that prides itself on making every single one of its curries fresh to order. Curryville serves up a range of gluten-free curries of incredible quality, including Curryville’s signature chicken tikka masala 72, chicken karahi and lamb sagwala, as well as bites such as barramundi popcorn, coconut prawns and crispy green bean fries. If you think you can handle the heat, try Curryville’s Chicken Hai-Hai, which is reportedly one of Australia’s hottest curries.
Indian Kitchen: West End wanderers rave about the fare at Indian Kitchen, which has long been one of the most reliable places to get your curry fix. All the classics are available, including scrumptious mango chicken, lamb korma, rogan josh and some salivation-worthy naan bread. If you want your curry in a hurry, Indian Kitchen is the perfect cheap and cheerful pit-stop.
Maharani: Boondall locals might not like us spoiling the location of their own secret slice of heaven, but Maharani is too good not to mention. You can get just about everything here from korma, madras and vindaloo to paneer, roganjosh and butter chicken. Also, fans of a good buffet should know that Maharani has a sizeable one that includes all chef specials, entrees and chutneys.
Honourable mentions: There are almost too many amazing spots to mention, but we’ve also heard some great things about Taj Bengal in Ashgrove, Eden Garden in South Brisbane, Gandhi Indian Kitchen & Laneway Stall in South Bank, Cleveland’s Little Indian Palace, Paddington’s Sultan’s Kitchen, Masala Art in Petrie Terrace and Scherhazade in Morningside and Kenmore!
Know of a place you really love that we might have missed? Send your Indian recommendations to [email protected] and we’ll make sure to check it out!
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