MOST of us have had the experience: walking past the local Indian restaurant to smells so delicious that your salivary glands start going like a sprinkler system in an office fire.
There’s something about Indian cuisine – all those tikkas, pakoras, kormas and biriyanis. And don’t get us started on butter chicken…
When we put out the call for our favourite Indian restaurants, it generated even more responses than our acclaimed best Chinese restaurants list.
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Talk about passionate: everybody has their favourites.
We’ve condensed the list into the Top Guns of Indian cuisine – the best of the best.
Here they are:
Kulsh, a converted house, boasts a wonderfully laid back feel, and the food is simply marvellous. We’ve never had a bad dish from Kulsh, but the onion bhajis are so good you’ll be tempted to skip your main just to keep on eating them.
Whichever Chutney Mary’s is closest to your neck of the woods, you’ll be treated to an absolute taste sensation. The Rockingham store even hosted new WA Premier Mark McGowan and his family after his recent landslide election win. If it’s good enough for the man in the top job, it’s good enough for us.
A family run business operating since 1989, Mother India keeps legions of devoted fans happy every week. People come from well outside Fremantle for this incredible Indian cuisine.
Masala Indian is renowned in Perth’s north for its consistently brilliant food. The chefs hail from northern India, and have run restaurants from Mumbai to New Delhi. One taste and you’ll know this is the real thing.
The City of Melville’s finest, Samrat is a hidden gem nestled among Myaree’s car dealerships. But this food is incredible, and if you don’t believe us, get along one day for the $12 lunch special. You’ll thank us.
Near the bustling Queens Tavern, 2 Fat Indians has carved out a formidable reputation among Mt Lawley locals and those from further afield for the quality of its food. You won’t be disappointed.
Takes the title as far as vibe is concerned – this converted house makes for a wonderfully intimate dining experience. And the food is tremendous as well.
D’ Tandoor in South Perth, one of 18 franchises worldwide, was opened in 2008 by chef Arokiaraj Savarimuthu. The company started specialising in Indian and Pakistani foods, but has since expanded to cook Malaysian delicacies too. It’s a fusion you won’t forget.
Anghiti is an unassuming restaurant that punches well above its weight. We simply can’t got past the goat rogan josh. Tremendous.
Mela’ s handmade pure milk sweets are a taste sensation, and the rest of their menu ticks all the boxes. For something a little different try their Shabnam vegetarian curry.
6. Kadai King, 20/200 Spencer Road, Thornlie – 9356 7505
Pride of the south east, Thornlie’s Kadai King is a must visit. The lamb rogan josh is a star, and the beef vindaloo is an all-time great.
A perennial favourite, Punjab has been serving up the finest Indian food since 1981. A multiple Gold Plate Award winner, you’ll be able to taste why no matter what you order.
You’ll be wowed before you even get in the door at this opulent Innaloo establishment, and the decor inside is stunning as well. But the surrounds mean nothing if the food isn’t up to scratch – and thankfully Agni hits all the right notes.
3. GoGos Madras Curry House, 556 Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley – 9328 1828
The Indian cricket team eats here when in town. Howzat for an endorsement? The team has also hired owner Gogo Govardhan to be their chef when they tour the country. Suffice to say, Mr Govardhan is cricket mad. He also cooks one of the tenderest Indian-spiced lamb chops you’ll ever eat. While not the cheapest of menus, it’s the real deal and you can BYO wine, which eases the cost a little.
Don’t be deceived by its location next to Grand Cinemas in Warwick Grove. It’s got one of the biggest goat curry selections we’ve seen and no matter what we choose – whether it’s the lamb vindaloo, butter chicken, palak paneer, garlic naan, biryani, etc – we’ve never had a bad dish. Better yet, they’ll deliver to surrounding suburbs for $3 via Menulog.
This is no boo-boo – Yogi is our pick for Perth’s best Indian restaurant. “Yogi Indian Restaurant revisits the most typical Indian recipes, recreating the hundreds of years of flavours and subcultures that influence the dishes of this extraordinary country,” it says on the restaurant’s website. We couldn’t agree more.