Don’t Tell Aunty
It’s an ‘unauthentic’ approach to Indian food, and we’re into it. Co-owners and chefs, Jessi and Amar Singh have taken over the former site of 4Fourteen with an 85-seat restaurant open for lunch and dinner. Their brainchild is Don’t Tell Aunty, a funky hotspot in the heart of Surry Hills which has a regularly changing, rule-breaking menu that spans all regions of their beloved India.
These guys wanted to recreate the loving, fun vibe of their aunt’s place with a modern twist. We’re talking a playfully kitsch dining space complete with brightly painted walls, velvet banquettes and mismatched cutlery with a retro Bollywood soundtrack and classic flicks playing in the background.
Menu-wise, there is mega tasty street food, cross-regional curries and tandoori specialities on offer with a modern twist. Expect chow that does away with tradition, like their signature dishes 'Nachos of the Motherland' aka papri chaat (a sweet, tangy, sour and spicy traditional street food meal using crisp fried dough wafers) and 'Colonel Tso’s Cauliflower', an Indo-Chinese-style, deep-fried cauliflower with a tomato and chilli sauce.
To pair with the modern menu, international winemaker and sommelier, Rajat Parr has curated an international wine list and there is a self-serve beer fridge stocked with local and imported beers. The gin and mescal-focused cocktails are a must try too, including their house concoction of beetroot and mezcal rimmed with black lava salt.
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