Melbourne is the food capital of Australia and not too many people will argue otherwise. It’s where cuisines from all over the world come together and it’s where diners as well as restaurant owners have a definite, anything goes attitude. The entire vibe of the city is relaxed and welcoming but, truth be told, the CBD is certainly one of the busier areas. Fear not, however, as it’s still anything but hectic or stressful. In fact, it’s the district of Melbourne where you're going to find the highest concentration of restaurants, and you’d better believe Melbourne CBD has Indian restaurants brimming from its boots. So saddle up, friends, here’s the rundown on what to expect and where to head.
One of the fastest growing communities in Australia today is that of the Indian community. And, guess what, Victoria is home to a large percentage, consequently meaning Melbourne is buzzing with an Indian Australian influence. You don’t need us to tell you this, we’re sure, as it’s pretty obvious from the abundance of Indian restaurants in Melbourne's CBD that have spawned wonderfully as a result. You know you’re on the approach to an Indian restaurant because the street suddenly comes alive with aromas of fried spices, thick sauces, boiled rice and starchy naans. All of these are exactly the wafts you can expect to caress your nostrils when you’re anywhere between Lonsdale Street and Collins Street, as well as anywhere close to the southern edge of the CBD along the Yarra River. Indian restaurants, Melbourne CBD, man, it’s all sounding mighty fine.
Here’s an idea for you: reserve a table via Quandoo at each Melbourne Indian restaurant around the CBD, one by one, one per week, one per fortnight, whatever you like. Call it a DIY tour of this bustling part of town if you will, and a feast on one of the most popular cuisines within it – we’re positive you’ll discover a new favourite restaurant, a new favourite dish or, if you’re lucky, maybe even both. Start in the south around Federation Square and sample the north Indian dishes on offer at Flora Indian Restaurant & Cafe, then maybe head west a little to try the southern and central Indian options at Melbourne CBD restaurants like Curry Vault, Shiraaz or Tadka Boom! This, we assure you, is the best way to get to know the ins and outs of Indian cuisine if you’re not already familiar, as well as an interesting way to get to know the hottest Indian restaurants of Melbourne’s CBD.
We’ve talked about Indian Australians, we’ve talked about Indian restaurants, so as you’ve come this far, we’re assuming you’d be game to check out some Indian culture a little beyond food. Like restaurants, Indian culture in Melbourne’s CBD comes in abundance, by which we mean markets, museums, cafes, bakeries, grocery stores and even the odd the bit of street art. It’s fascinating to discover all of this and seeing everything there is to see can take up an entire day if you let it. Best of all, however, is that an exhibition or a sweet treat at a cafe is the perfect way to complement a meal at any of Melbourne CBD’s Indian restaurants. With Quandoo on hand, there’s no reason not to discover the Indian world of the Melbourne CBD, it’s restaurants and beyond!