The Indian restaurant with roots within the CBD longer than we’ve been ticking about has departed from its infamous 35-year residency on Tattersalls lane. As the city flourished through its cultural and culinary renaissance Gaylord stood as a pinnacle of Indian dining and played host to a raft of different diners that cruised one of the most happening lanes of the city.
In its new space in the Grand Hotel on Spencer Street, Gaylord has begun to usher in new and old diners to its bright and inviting dining space, adorned with bright contrasts of gold and pink carpet and furniture with traditional Parchinkari artwork.
Now headed up by new owners Dharminder Singh and former Gaylord manager, Raj Singh, the pair are focusing on continuing the legacy of Gaylord. Crafting authentic regional Indian cuisine and re-establishing the restaurant as a staple of Melbourne’s dining scene. “If we don’t know a dish well from a particular region, we find someone from that region who can teach us, says Dharminder, but it must be an authentic recipe, we don’t take shortcuts.”
Their new menu reflects their focus to highlight the diverse range of dishes from regions all over India. The extensive menu is a tour de force of flavour with dishes like Goat Nihari, a slow-cooked spice-fused stew that is traditionally eaten after sunrise as well as Baigan Bhartha, a fire-roasted eggplant mash tossed in dry spices, fresh coriander and ginger.
Gaylord's legacy as one of Melbourne’s historic Indian restaurants continues, no matter which location it resides in it will go on to serve up plate after plate of high quality, passion-filled Indian cuisine giving diners a truly unique experience. Gaylord is open Monday to Friday 5:30pm to 10:30pm.
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