Who doesn't love a good Indian restaurant? Indian cuisine has something for every kind of eater, whether you love your meat or you're vegan or vegetarian. The Eastern Suburbs has more than its fair share of Indian restaurants for you to satisfy your sub-continental cravings.
LAL QILA (Surry Hills)
With its gilded ornaments, crimson decor and dim lighting, Lal Qila is perfect for a date night featuring luscious, Indian cuisine. Branded an Indian and Pakistani restaurant, it's extensive menu will leave you spoiled for choice. Feeling a little overwhelmed? Why not try something from the tandoori menu or try the restaurant's signature dishes. Start with kurkui anarkali, okra spiced and marinated in lemon juice and spices, then go for sikandri raan, an ancient recipe involving an entire leg of lamb marinated in spices and clay-cooked. Be sure to order some naan and rice as well, then wash all that up with a yummy mocktail.
Location: 351-353 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
JEWEL ON THE BAY (Rose Bay)
Whether you're looking to have an Indian breakfast, lunch or dinner, Jewel on the Bay is here to serve your needs. Nestled in the heart of the gorgeous waterfront, tree-lined suburb of Rose Bay, the restaurant/cafe matches its surroundings with a fresh take on Indian fare. For brekkie or brunch, there's Indian street food on offer. Try a spicy bun omelette or a healthy breakfast lassi. Of all the restaurants in the list, Jewel has the most extensive seafood menu so be sure to take advantage of it by giving one of their compelling creations a go!
Location: 639 New South Head Road, Rose Bay NSW 2029
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THE CLOVE (Coogee)
The breezy, fancy cafe-like Clove is perfect for your after-swim cravings or work lunch. The restaurant offers a modern menu of your favourite classic Indian dishes. Mix things up by ordering vegetarian and meat dishes if you can. Don't let the elegant table settings and decor fool you into thinking this is too much for your budget, everything except the mixed grill is under $20!
Location: 102 Beach Street, Coogee NSW 2034
MANTRA MASALA (Maroubra)
One of Maroubra's few Indian restaurants and possibly the best, Maroubra residents and travellers alike adore Mantra Masala. The restaurant cooks up the most seeped-in palatable spices. Their rice is a local favourite, with the restaurant specialising in dum biryani, a style of rice made in a sealed pot with garam masala, several spices and yoghurt, and served with pastry and condiments. Drooling yet?
Location: 183 Maroubra Road, Maroubra NSW 2035
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FLAVOUR OF INDIA (Edgecliff)
Open for over 20 years, Flavour of India is an Edgecliff institution. The place is a favourite of celebrities and it's not hard to see why. Boasting a menu of the most mouthwatering gourmet food, such as pepper chicken, Kashmiri beef and classic favourites like butter chicken and tikka masala, you're sure to astral project into the moon with the amazing culinary experience you'll be having! And who knows, you might even spot an Aussie celeb along the way.
Location: 128 New South Head Road, Edgecliff NSW 2027
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