Brisbane experiences

Brisbane Indian restaurants

Brisbane Indian restaurants are spread all over Brisbane. In this category we include all the variations such as true Indian but also other places on the sub continent including Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. And the Indian restaurants in Brisbane range from cheap food court stalls to the upmarket fine dining restaurants a sample of which we feature below.

Northern Indian is for richer curries and where yoghurt is used. Eastern India is lighter and uses tamarind in curries. The west of India is influenced by the Portuguese and the abundant seafood and coconut.

Indian restaurants offer many vegetarian options as the Hindus and Buddhists in India are mostly vegetarian and some we list in the section on Brisbane vegetarian restaurants.

Agra on St James
Traditional Indian dishes and a few surprises such as lamb trotters curry soup or maybe try goat masala whilst a stable in India not always found on menus in Brisbane. Some good vegetarian options such as the chickpea curry or the palak paneer which is soft cheese in a fresh spinach puree. Dining is both indoor and outdoor. Prices are very reasonable and mid week deals are sometimes available. 79 St James Street, New Farm (07 3358 6968).

Only open in the day time and notable for the long lines that must indicate good value and great curries in a location where there is plenty of choice. Mainly a take away but there are a few tables and chairs. All very basic in every sense but authentic Indian mainly from South India and more specifically Andhra Pradesh where curries have thick gravies and spicy kicks. Prices are low and a factor that in the popularity of Balti. McWhirters Centre, 270 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley (07 3122 4332)

Bombay Bliss
Chain of Indian restaurants in Brisbane with the Melbourne Street branch being the first and remains popular. Fairly extensive menu where dishes are well presented. Service is generally fast and efficient. 220 Melbourne Street, West End (07 3846 6662)

Ceylon Inn
Sri Lankan cooking and some very hot and spicy dishes but lots of great choice that include Devilled Potato. 190 Oxford Street, Bulimba

Curry Connection
Curry Connection boasts an extensive menu of delicious curries and authentic Indian dishes. The menu is divided into sections for the different meats, seafood and vegetarian dishes. Shop 4/, 224 Hawken Drive, St Lucia

Indian Kitchen
Very cheap Indian with very fast take away system. 91 Vulture Street, West End (07 3844 3234).

Jothi Palace
We mainly feature restaurants in the CBD or close to the city and this one is an exception being out Chermside. However needs a mention as one that local throng to for take always and when they have time to eat in. Plenty of choice and very good for vegetarians. The Portuguese influence is here and there are a number of Indian - Portuguese dishes. 10/76 Basnett Street, Chermside West (07 3861 4330)

Karma is divided into three distinct areas, with an alfresco section, a more formal front of-house, and a third alternative of low tables and floor cushions. The low-lit, informal section lends itself to group gatherings and celebrations. The price is right at Karma with the menu split into Indian and Nepalese items The Karma menu features a large repertoire of some of the authentic Indian and Nepalese meat dishes, vegetarian dishes, chaats (street cooking) in addition to some other typical Indian fare. Shop 1/, 694 Brunswick Street, New Farm

Mehfil Indian restaurant
Good service, good food and Indian elegance. 938 Brunswick Street, New Farm (07 3254 4888).

Punjabi Palace
Large and busy and we include in part due to the large vegetarian section. 135 Melbourne Street, West End (07 3846 3884)

Rangla Punjab
We have mixed feedback on this one but the reports of food are good. 938 Brunswick Street, New Farm (07 3254 4888)

Tibetan Kitchen
A good value Tibet style restaurant which serves Tibetan and Nepalese dishes.
1/59 Hardgrave Road, West End, Brisbane (07 3844 7355).

Tal Mahal
One of those we found by chance and glad we did! Why? the food was excellent and the prices even better so you can sample a number of dishes without breaking the bank. There is a sprinkling of Sri Lankan dishes in the menu. The fish moilley is a mild lush curry of onions, tomatoes, ginger, turmeric and coconut cream. Dahls are reasonably priced and the plain dahl is authentic with the lentils buttery and tender, garnished with coriander. Wine and beer also good value. This is a busy and crowded restaurant so best to book. Not open at lunchtime. 722 Brunswick Street, New Farm, Brisbane (07 3254 2388)


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