Reader’s Choice: Melbourne’s Best Indian Restaurants

By Ellen Seah - 11 Mar 2016

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Indian cuisine—it’s a toughie. There’s no middle ground when it comes to this spicy, aromatic gastronomy: it’s either a watery, tasteless mess or one of the best curries you’ve ever had in your life.

To guide others through Indian cuisine in the ‘blurbs, you voted on Melbourne’s Best Indian Restaurants! Here it is, your favourite place to grab a butter chicken, ranked.

#1 Mukka | Fitzroy

Apparently you love sharing more than us! Fitzroy’s Mukka features a share-style menu with enough sides to make any Indian food-lovers’ head spin. Their Chicken Tikka Masala (dubbed butter chicken’s big brother) and tandoori mushroom skewers clearly has Melburnians seeping back like curry into basmati rice.

#2 Aagaman | Port Melbourne

A close running second-place, Port Melbourne’s chillaxing Aagaman boasts a Indian Nepalese hybrid menu with some of the most creative curries in Melbourne. Game for the Himalayan Goat Curry—a tender goat curry with Nepalese Himalyan spices? What about the Mango Chicken, a summery Indian dish with diced chicken cooked with mango pulp and topped with fresh cream? #yolo

#3 Aangan | West Footscray

A hidden gem in the humble suburb of West Footscray, Aangan is one of Melbourne’s favourite local Indian joints. Serving flavour-packed, spicy dishes like the chicken korma and vindaloo curry, mop up all the flavour with rice or a piece of buttery garlic naan. Unpretentious and homely, Aangan also offers ridiculously generous bang for your buck banquet sets.

#4 Chefs Tandoor | Surrey Hills

With one of the most extensive curry menus in Melbourne (seriously, so many chicken options OMG), Chefs Tandoor is a local gem in Surrey Hills. We’re super duper ultra very keen to hit up their Palak Paneer, a vegetarian curry made with cottage cheese cubes and cooked with fresh spinach puree and herbs. Because cheese and curry HELLO?!

#5 Horn Please | Fitzroy North

A homely, warm restaurant featuring low hanging lights and Indian portraits, Horn Please focuses on cooking creative Indian dishes with some of the best local produce. Their vego/vegan-friendly Aloo Baingan with dutch cream potato, eggplant, garam masala, onion seeds and cumin is pure creamy decadence. Leave room for dessert.

#6 Babu Ji | St Kilda

Insanely hospitable and impeccably friendly, Babu Ji’s menu is short and effective. Their fish curry, made with Blue Grenadier turmeric, mustard seed and coconut milk is perfect for prowling curry-lovers looking to try something new.

#7 Saffron Cottage | Tecoma

Nestled in an unassuming cottage on Burwood Highway, skip the brunch after your next 1000 steps adventure and head to Saffron Cottage. With an extensive menu featuring tender lamb curries that burst with spices, exercise is worth it for food like this. 

#8 Indian Star | Moonee Ponds

Hidden in the unassuming suburbs of Moonee Ponds, Indian Star does some of the best banquet and combo curry deals in Melbourne. Boasting rich Indian dishes with layers of spices and herbs, some of the most affordable, local Indian cuisine is just a few suburbs away.

#9 Anshumann | Clayton, Caulfield South

If you’re after traditional, classic Indian curries done exceptionally well, Anshumann is your spot. With most of the menu under $15 a dish, it also means that ordering two curries for yourself is definitely, totally acceptable.  

#10 Punjabi Curry Café | Collingwood, Craigieburn

A family run-business, Punjabi Curry Café is all about no-frills dining in a relaxed, airy space. Choose from your classic butter chicken to more adventurous seafood curries filled with Goan fish or chilli prawns.

#11 Café Saffron | Ivanhoe

Hidden in Melbourne’s north-east, Café Saffron is home to impeccable service, delicately cooked curries, and some of the best Indian breads. From herby Mughlai Parantha to Tandoori roti, and Keema naan (blended with dry fruits and nuts) to Paneer naan (naan stuffed with fresh cottage cheese), put some space aside for these sides. 

If you need more Indian cuisine in your life (and who doesn't), check out Where To Find Melbourne's Best Indian Restaurants

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