Garlic Clove

Nestled next to Caxton Street Brewing Co. – directly across the road from The Barracks – is Garlic Clove, a warm and inviting Indian restaurant that opened to the public in 2023. Owned and operated by chefs Sabir Merchant and Darshnakaur ‘Dolly’ Bhathal, Garlic Clove initially opened on the Gold Coast in 2020, winning over diners with its tight and balanced menu of Indian cuisine presented in an artful manner. First-time diners are encouraged to order the signature trio of curries, which includes a rich and creamy butter chicken, a north Indian rogan josh and a southern-style fish madras. From there, eaters can explore Garlic Clove’s diverse array of eats, including street-style delights such as pau bhaji (mashed vegetables with a hot buttered home-made bun) and Indo-Chinese-inspired chilli paneer, tandoor dishes like chicken tikka (laced with ginger juice, turmeric, garlic and green chilli), bone-in Awadhi lamb biryani, cottage cheese-stuffed spinach kofta served in cashew curry sauce, Mysore chilli beef, and an assortment of salads, sides and breads. Perhaps Garlic Clove’s most impressive dish is its Indian-style high tea – an elegantly tiered spread that features pani puri, aloo tikki chaat, bread pakora, cups of masala chai and glasses of Italian prosecco. Over at the bar, Garlic Clove is pouring local craft beers, an assortment of wines and a clutch of cocktails – everything you’d want to wash down a hearty feast.


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