Just twenty minutes from Melbourne city centre is a collonaded palace dedicated to the wonders of Indian cuisine. This restaurant the passion project of three skilled culinary entrepreneurs and its premises on the corner of Belmore Road and Balwyn Road are a fixture for the local Balwyn community and curry connoisseurs the city over. Ring in the good times over a casual dinner or a lavish private banquet at Chimes Indian Restaurant and you’re set to experience some of the finest South Asian cuisine you’re likely to find in this corner of the world. From a la carte options to the chef’s signature dishes to an attentive private dining and catering service, everywhere you turn at Chimes there’s nothing but the finest food on offer.
Chimes Indian Restaurant spans the subcontinent from its location in Balwyn, an eastern suburb of Melbourne. Focusing on regional cuisines typical of the northern, coastal and southern sections of the Indian subcontinent, choosing from the a la carte menu (packed with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options) is sure to be a culinary exploration you’re unlikely to forget. A good introduction is to be found in the two set banqueting menus, the most opulent of these beginning with tandoori chicken or mushroom, tandoori-cooked tikka of lamb cutlets or the Indian cottage cheese known as paneer, and samosas. From there, wade through a huge array of main courses, from Goan fish curry to navratan korma, beef bhuna to dal makhani, with kulfi for dessert.
If you do choose to go a la carte at Chimes Indian Restaurant, we recommend checking out the chef’s signature dishes. Labouring in his kitchen on the corner of Balwyn Road and Belmore Road, the enterprising and skilled head chef has perfected dishes like the Andhra chicken, tender chunks of chicken deep-fried before being tossed in a wok with curry leaves, onions and crushed mustard seeds, the Chimes tandoori raan (a leg of lamb marinated overnight before being oven-roasted – give 48 hours notice if you plan to feast on this dish!), or the highly shareable Chimes sizzling tandoori platter laden with traditional Mughal-style chicken, lamb and prawns. Melbourne Indian restaurants rarely do it better, so be sure to book your tables at this Balwyn hotspot well in advance.
Despite Quandoo giving us a reservation number the restaurant phoned us a few hours before we were due to go there telling us that they were fully booked, but did squeeze us in provided we arrived at 6.00 pm ( rather than the 6.30 booking ), and finished by around 7.00 pm. Why did Quandoo give us a reservation if the restaurant was fully booked? We won't be using Quandoo again. The restaurant however, was excellent and we will return.
This is the second time we've dined here and the food and service has always been great! I highly recommend the sizzling veggie platter as entree - delicious!
Very friendly staff, excellent service, comfortable surroundings and good food at a good price. I would recommend this restaurant for locals and for families, couples and celebrations.
A very enjoyable night. The food was terrific . A friendly service with the waiter ensuring that each course was served at the right time. We will go back again.
My visit to Chimes (for the 2nd time) was a great experience, the food exquisite, so delicious and nicely presented, the staff attentive and charming, the atmosphere peaceful and relaxing. its so difficult to find a cafe or restaurant these days which is not noisy...this restaurant is a little haven, so welcome!!!
Chimes Restaurant has a well-lit, pleasant ambience. There is good parking facilities in the vicinity. The wait-person was slow at understanding the orders and lacked confidence, and was friendly. The drink order could have been faster and not all the orders came at the same time. The food was good but not outstanding. Overall, the experience was positive and relaxing. I would be happy to return some time in the future.
The food was good. Staff should be trained NOT to sweep crumbs off the tables on to the floor. After diners have finished, the crumbs should be neatly swept off the table, on to a plate and then disposed of rather than being brushed off the table on to the carpeted floor.
Had a nice host that was great with making sure if we needed anything extra. Food was amazing. Flavours and texture and well presented. Been to Chimes, over many times since 2010.. good to see they haven't changed. THanks
We love Chimes. The aromas of Indian curries and spices greet you as you enter the dated restaurantThe food is good, service is satisfactory, it is BYO and it is quiet. A great local or a 15 mins drive.
Very nice food, fresh and plentiful. The staff provide good service though on a busy night it can be a bit of a wait for meals. All in all a very enjoyable experience!