If you thought Indian cuisine started and ended with curry, rice, and naan—Foreign Return has arrived to expand your horizons. Co-owners Gaurang Gahoi, Kunal Patel, and Javed Khan (behind the acclaimed Delhi ‘O’ Delhi in Newtown) have set themselves the task of authenticity and integrity of classic dishes from their mothers’ kitchens while levelling up with seasonal Australian ingredients and playful twists, brought to life by legendary head chef Siddharth Kalyanaraman (the official touring chef of the Australian Cricket Team).
A dedicated bar and snacks (or "chakhna") menu gives Foreign Return serious cocktail bar cred. Here, the taro root tuk, made of crisp-fried taro root, crisp parsley, spiced yoghurt, and tamarind, is an update on your beer-and-nuts schtick, and the Marigold Sour, made with Marigold infused gin, lime, marigold syrup, sugar, and egg white, might be one of our new favourite cocktails.
Hungry? Dive into the menu of "lost" recipes, which stars far-reaching regional specialities handed down through the generations that you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in Sydney. At lunchtime, Foreign Return is dishing out an authentic Mumbai Dabba service dished out in proper tiffin lunch boxes. There's also a must-try blue cheese naan in the mix, a dedicated vegan Dabba service, and plans to show-off artisanal gins and whiskies from up-and-coming Indian distilleries too.
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