In May 2020, West End became the recipient of new Indian restaurant Kulcha’d – a concept that draws inspiration from the street-food staple kulcha, a form of leavened and tandoor-baked flatbread popular in northern India. Kulcha’s co-owner Zach Dexter fell in love with the dish while travelling through Mohali in 2019, seeking it out whenever the opportunity presented itself. So strong was Zach’s affinity for kulcha that he initially began toying around with the idea of bringing Amritsari-style fare to Brisbane. After taking the idea to his family, Zach and his brother Calvin (a qualified chef) returned to India in September 2019 to source recipes and perfect techniques for a pop-up stall at the most-recent Woodford Folk Festival. So positive was the response that soon the Dexter family was searching for a bricks-and-mortar location to set up a permanent site, eventually coming across the ideal spot on Boundary Street in West End (the former home of The French Bistrot). After a few months of quarantined renovations, the restaurant softly opened for takeaway, delivery and a small dine-in service. The debut menu includes a traditional aloo gobi variety (flatbread stuffed with tandoor-baked potato, onion and spices), another boasting a 50/50 mix of cauliflower and potato, and a cheesy mushroom-and-paneer kulcha. Each flatbread can be ordered with a side of rich chickpea curry and some tangy onion, mango and chilli dipping sauce. As for the snacks, Kulcha’d serves kathi roll – a house-made wrap stuffed with spices, Szechuan mayo, vegetables and your choice of filling (vegan protein, egg, paneer and chicken) – masala fries, curry fries and Indian desserts including jalebi and kulfi. In early 2020, Kulcha’d unveiled its public bar, dispensing independent craft beer and cider, a clutch of South Australian wines, small-batch Australian spirits, and some signature Kulcha’d cocktails like the Kaffir Lime Gimlet, Clarified Mango Lassi Milk Punch, Sloooooooow Gin Sour and Berry Rude. Soon the kitchen will be debuting a revamped breakfast menu, which will be infused with some tasty traditional Indian twists.


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