The round-up: fire up your belly with some of the Gold Coast’s best Indian restaurants
You just can’t beat that overwhelming sense of satisfaction that comes with ripping apart some garlicky naan and dunking it into a deliciously creamy butter chicken from your local Indian restaurant. Are we right? You know we are. Whether you can handle the heat, or prefer to enjoy the more subtle flavours, there are plenty of delicious Indian joints that will suit your tastes. We’ve put together a handy list of some of the Gold Coast’s best Indian restaurants that will really ignite the fire in your belly.
Agnee Indian, Robina: Bringing together the rich, meaty kormas from the north and the lighter, spicier dishes from the south, Agnee Indian in Robina is the best of both culinary worlds. With a passion for the time-honoured traditions of mother India, the chefs work their magic combining fresh, locally sourced produce with exotic, fragrant spices to ensure authenticity in flavour.
Cafe Kuma, Hope Island: We love a hidden gem, and if you do too then you best add Cafe Kuma to your must-try list. Great value and outstanding service are just two of the reasons people travel from Brisbane to dine here, but the main star is the food – authentic curries made in owner and chef Kuma’s style, flaky roti the size of your head and perfectly fluffy rice to accompany.
Ginger Indian Gourmet, Oxenford: This is one of the best kept secrets on the northern end (sorry, local folk!). Ginger puts a modern sway on traditional Indian cuisine, offering a unique dining experience with dishes like tiger prawns tossed in tawa, and tasty barramundi in malabar coconut and lemon gravy. You’ll also find familiar favourites like tender curries (scooped up with spiced-lamb naan bread) and a delectable series of colourful vegetarian dishes.
Saffron Indian Gourmet, Broadbeach: A far cry from slap-dash takeaway joints of days past, Saffron in Broadbeach has upped the ante to deliver gourmet Indian food in a beautiful setting. Every dish that graces the menu is made the original way – no shortcuts and everything is fresh and made to order. The ever-changing menu offers a mix of traditional and experimental dishes so there’s always something new to try.
Chiluka’s Indian Bistro, Southport: A relatively newcomer to the list, Chiluka’s has been setting tongues wagging with its delightfully authentic South Indian and North Indian delicacies. Perched next to the Commonwealth Bank, you’ll have to see for yourself why locals cannot get enough of Chiluka’s flavoursome curries.
Goa Indian Fusion, Main Beach: Great food goes hand in hand with great atmosphere – if you’re looking for somewhere with a little buzz in the air while you’re tucking into your chicken saagwala, then this Main Beach restaurant and bar will be right up your alley. The extensive menu covers all of your faves and throws in plenty of more contemporary dishes like the Bugs Goorur-e Dariya, aka Moreton Bay bugs infused with tomato, ginger, mustard seeds, curry leaves and grated coconut.
India Garden, Robina: Can you keep a secret? We can’t, which is why we have to let you know about India Garden. This Robina gem can’t be beaten on value for money – but don’t think that means that the quality of the food is compromised. The curries, chutneys and breads here are made with tender love and care, boasting oodles of authentic flavour.
Garlic Clove, Ormeau: Garlic Clove’s head chef and owner Sabir Merchant prides himself on his restaurant’s exquisite homemade curries as well as his ability to remember his regulars’ names – and it’s this warmth and attention to detail that keeps people coming back for more. Feast on traditional favourites, tandoor, biryani and specialty naan that is perfect for sopping up the extra sauce on your plate.
Gill’s Indian Cuisine Upper Coomera, Ormeau and Pimpama: Another gem in the city’s north. This is modern Indian with an extra splash of flair – don’t worry, you’ll find all the classics like tikkas and kormas, but there’s plenty of left-of-centre dishes for those that like living on the edge (go you!). The menu is separated into chicken, beef, goat and vegetarian, and there are plenty of naan varietals to choose from.
Indian Empire, Runaway Bay: You’ll often find this northern dining hub heaving with hungry locals – it’s certainly got a reputation for igniting the fire within. The menu is dotted with traditional curries (hello, saagwala), as well as vegetarian and seafood specialties. The naan menu here is next level, while the Indian-style desserts will be hard to pass up.
Temple of Spices, Mermaid Beach: If you haven’t yet discovered Temple of Spices in Mermaid Beach (hidden in plain sight on the Gold Coast Highway), then you’re in for a treat. The unassuming gem is packed with personality, dishing up a flavour-packed menu dotted with both street-style eats and contemporary cuisine. If you’re vegan, you’re in the right place – there’s an entire plant-based menu that just happens to be mostly gluten free.
Bombay Affair, Southport: Bombay Affair has made its way into the hearts and stomachs of Southport locals and CBD workers thanks to its diverse menu that extends well beyond curries and naan bread. Take a peek at the Chaat section of the menu and be tempted by a myriad of Indian street-food delights such as Chholle Tikki, aka spiced potato patties served with chickpea curry, as well as a delicious series of traditional Indian dosas.
Honourable mentions: There’s no shortage of great Indian on the Gold Coast. Once you’ve made your way through this list, check out Indian Delights in Miami for a suburban feast, Kahani Indian Restaurant in Tugun or check one of Krish Indian‘s popular venues.
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